Finding an Apartment

two-family homes on dartmouth street in waltham

This two-family house on Dartmouth Street in Waltham is typical of the local housing stock available to graduate students.

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MBTA Commuter Rail Update

Until further notice, the MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail line, which provides direct train access from Boston/Cambridge to Brandeis, has cancelled weekend service. We recommend anticipating these changes to remain into the upcoming Fall & Spring semester. Please plan accordingly and ensure a full understanding of transportation access as you consider your preferred living location.  For updates, you can visit MBTA Fitchburg Line alerts and additional inquiries can be emailed to

Due to the overwhelming demand for undergraduate housing and the university's limited supply of housing stock, graduate students are not housed on campus.

However, Greater Boston encompasses a wide variety of neighborhoods that are within easy driving, biking or commuting distance to campus and offer an array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

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Featured Resources

We recommend first starting with these resources; connecting to our Housing Facebook page and List Serve, then taking a look at what some of our featured partners are providing for our graduate students. 

Additional Resources

After reviewing our 'Featured Resources', utlize our partnering real estate agents, as well as the various platforms to seek housing options perfect for you.

Short Term 'One Semester Only' Housing

These partners have confirmed their listed rates for 30+ day agreements, suitable for students seeking housing options for the Fall ‘21 semester only. Additional Fall-term options may potentially be found elsewhere, but if available, will be limited. Please contact the provider directly for questions about their amenities and further information regarding rates. In most cases, you have the option to share the space with another student to split the overall cost.  

Please note that after 90 consecutive nights in a hotel stay, you become tax exempt. Thus, any money spent on the 11.7% hotel tax up to the 90 days will be refunded and you will not be charged tax after that point during your stay.  Please confirm these details, along with any other payment arrangements with your hotel provider prior to booking.


The Office of Graduate Student Affairs provides information to students as a courtesy to help with finding suitable housing for students attending Brandeis University. The information is for the use of Brandeis students and is only updated periodically.

Brandeis University accepts no responsibility for the reliability of the information provided or those listing with the department. Contact with persons listed herein will be conducted independently of the university. Brandeis University will not be involved in any negotiations between you (the leaseholder) and any land owner, property owner, student, prospective student or realtor.