Brandeis Shuttle/Van Service

Brandeis provides a free shuttle service to and from Waltham, Cambridge and Boston! Check out the Van and Shuttle Service Schedule.

Public Transportation

Public transport in the Boston area is usually quite reliable. Detailed schedules, maps and fares may be obtained from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) website.

Commuter Rail

The MBTA Commuter Rail is the fastest way to get from Brandeis to Cambridge and Boston. The Fitchburg/South Acton Line stops at the Brandeis-Roberts Station on South Street. Buy your tickets in advance via MBTA mTicket, the MBTA mobile ticketing app. Frequent commuters should consider buying a Commuter Rail Pass.


The MBTA subway system (referred to as the “T”) consists of five transit lines — Red, Green, Orange, Blue and Silver. Get a Charlie Card and save some money! The closest T stops to Brandeis are the Porter Square T stop (on the Red Line, which connects to the Fitchburg/South Acton Commuter Rail line) and the Riverside T stop (on the Green Line).


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Amtrak, which operates a nationwide system of trains, offers services from South Station (on the Red Line), and Back Bay Station (on the Orange Line).

Applying for a Driver's License

You must have a valid driver's license to drive in the United States. For complete information on how to apply for a Massachusetts Driver's License, see the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) website.

Effective March 26, 2018, applicants for a MA license must be able to show that they were granted at least 12 months of status (total) to be able to qualify for a license. The MA RMV will issue licenses to visitors who have at least 30 days remaining in their stay in the United States. For more information contact:

Registry of Motor Vehicles
Watertown Mall
550 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA

Driving on a Foreign License

Foreign licensed drivers from any country are allowed to drive in Massachusetts, as long as they meet the requirements listed on the RMV website. If your foreign license is not in English, you may need to get an International Driving Permit or a translation of your license document into English.

Drivers from certain countries may also be able to convert a foreign driver's license to a Massachusetts driver's license without taking a driving test.

Other Forms of ID

If you do not drive, but would like an alternate identification card that you can use instead of your passport for common transactions, you can apply for a Massachusetts State ID or Liquor ID.

Buying a Car

The purchase and maintenance of a car in Massachusetts can be quite expensive. In addition to the cost of the car, you are required to pay insurance, as well as sales and excise taxes. Used cars are sold through dealers and privately through the classified section of newspapers. One great online source for car reviews and average prices is We recommend that you have used cars examined by a mechanic before you buy it, and ensure that you receive a certificate of ownership along with the bill of sale. A good way to decrease the price of insurance is to bring a letter of recommendation from your insurance back home. There are some insurance companies that will even give you a discount if you provide them with a transcript of good grades. Available parking can also be scarce and/or expensive, depending on where you live. To park your car on campus, you will have to get a parking sticker. For more information, visit Vehicles at Brandeis.