Checklist for Incoming Students

We are looking forward to meeting you! Here are a few things that you should get done before you arrive on campus.

Create a Brandeis UNet email account
  • Instructions for doing this were sent to you by your graduate program admissions office.

Visit the Graduate Student Affairs orientation page on LATTE
  • All incoming students are automatically given access to the Graduate Student Affairs orientation course once they have created their UNet ID and have a Brandeis email. 

  • In addition, each graduate school also has its own orientation LATTE course. Check with your graduate school if you have not yet received information about this.

Provide your health forms and information about health insurance
  • All students who will be in the U.S. must complete a health record upon enrollment and submit these records prior to arrival on campus. If you plan to be at Brandeis for the spring semester, please prepare these forms before you join us in the spring. The health record forms are available at the Health Center website.

  • All students who will be in the U.S. are required to have adequate health insurance. Your health insurance coverage plan must be reported to the university each year. Brandeis offers a student health plan that meets state, federal and visa requirements. Students who will not be in the U.S. can waive the insurance reporting or enrollment requirement by attesting that they will not be in the U.S. during the fall semester. You will be able to purchase a prorated insurance plan for January if you will be in the U.S. at that time.

If you plan to move to the area, arrange for housing as soon as possible
  • All graduate students live off campus — most in the Greater Waltham area. Brandeis does not provide housing for graduate students, so it is important for you to secure housing before you arrive. Our off-campus housing page provides resources to assist you in your search. If you have remaining questions, email Steve Weglinski at

Consult with your program
  • Your faculty adviser and academic administrator are two very important people to get to know. Your adviser will be able to assist you with academic questions, and your academic administrator will be able to answer most other questions about the program. Send each of them a friendly email and let them know you'd like to meet them (virtually). Ask them if there are courses you can register for prior to your arrival. If you have already registered for classes, you have access to your syllabi through LATTE. Check the syllabi for each of your classes to see what technology requirements you may have.

Get your Brandeis ID card
If you are bringing a car to campus, obtain a parking pass
  • All resident and commuter students returning to the university for the fall 2020 semester with a motor vehicle are required to complete an online application for parking. Applications must be completed with information that is applicable to current student status. During the application process, when the system requests an upload of documents, submit your current vehicle registration and a valid driver’s license. The commuter permit fee for the 2020-21 academic year is $120. Additional information will be sent via email at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester outlining the dates and times for picking up parking permits. Only students who have filled out applications and paid for a parking permit will have a permit waiting for pick-up. Contact the parking and traffic manager with questions at 781-736-4250 or