When You Arrive

From the moment you arrive on campus, our vibrant student leaders and friendly staff members will welcome you into the Brandeis community. The first people you see will be the volunteer Orientation Leaders, who will serve as your guides, resources, and mentors throughout Orientation and beyond. 

Upon your arrival, it is likely that some of the first items on your to-do list include a visit to the Brandeis Bookstore, last-minute shopping, and selecting a local bank.  

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Brandeis Bookstore

Save money on textbooks and simplify your move-in by purchasing or renting your textbooks through the Brandeis Bookstore. Students who purchase their books through the bookstore's website get first access to used books. Since the bookstore staff works directly with professors, you'll be sure to have the right books for your classes. 

It is advisable to select in-store pickup for several reasons. In-store pickup orders are pulled when the used book inventory is at its highest, which will result in more used books for your order. You will also save money by avoiding shipping costs, and move-in is simplified because your books are already here. These books will be available for pick-up starting on Opening Sunday and through the first week of classes. 


The Brandeis Bookstore can take care of many of your last-minute purchases, from bedding to extension cords to everything in between. It also carries all the necessary school supplies for classes.

There are plenty of stores in Waltham and the surrounding areas. The malls listed below are about a 20-minute drive from campus. Detailed driving directions are available on their websites:

  • Burlington Mall | Burlington, MA

  • Arsenal Mall | Watertown, MA

  • Natick Mall | Natick, MA

  • Watertown Mall | Watertown, MA

Campus Card

All students must have a Brandeis ID card. To get your official ID card, please come to Kutz Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and be ready to take your picture! Your Brandeis ID will have your meal plans loaded, as well as the optional debit plan, aka WhoCash. The ID card is used as a form of payment for dining and printing services, as an access card to residence halls and athletic facilities, and as a library card. Your first is on us; replacements are $10.