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Questions or concerns about Family Weekend may be directed to Student Activities at 781-736-5065.

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Family Weekend Advisors

Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean of Students

Steve Pagios
Director of Student Activities

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Buy tickets for off-campus trips and the comedy show online, by phone at (781) 736-3400, and in person at Shapiro Campus Center.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is registration required for the weekend?

A. Yes, we would love to know that you are coming! This will help us prepare for your arrival on campus. Online registration is available now!

Q. Do I need to pay to attend Family Weekend?

A. Registration is free! However, some events, such as Shabbat Dinner, the comedy show, and the off-campus trips on Friday and Saturday have ticket fees.

Q. Do I have to register to participate in off-campus programs?

A. Yes, please purchase tickets in advance through Brandeis Tickets to participate in off-campus programs.

Q. I want to attend the Shabbat Dinner, how should I purchase tickets?

A. Visit Brandeis Tickets to purchase your ticket(s) to the Shabbat Dinner. Each member of your family will need a ticket. Please call Brandeis Tickets at 781-736-3400 to purchase tickets for children under 12. Brandeis students pay for the Shabbat dinner using their meal plan.

Q. Can I register later?

A. Yes, you can register when you arrive on campus for Family Weekend. Just go to the registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium; however, if you plan on participating in any off-campus programs, we recommend you purchase tickets in advance because most programs sell out before Family Weekend.

Q. Can I pay online?

A. Yes, please visit Brandeis Tickets to purchase your tickets.


Q. Are there overnight accommodations on campus?

A. Unfortunately, we do not have on-campus housing facilities available for families during the weekend. Click here for options in the Waltham area. 

Q. What is the closest hotel to campus?

A. Newton Marriott is the closest hotel option. It is approximately a mile and a half walk from campus. Within the Fall Fest program, we do offer guided walks from campus back to the hotel on Friday night. 

Q. Where can we eat in the Waltham Area?

A. Waltham has many nice restaurants. Most are located along Main Street and Moody Street downtown. A partial listing is available here.
Q. Does Brandeis provide transportation to and from campus?

A. No, however there are many options listed below for you and your family.

Q. When does everything start and end?

A.  Fall Fest Weekend 2017 begins on Thursday, October 26 and runs though Monday, October 30. A majority of the events take place on Friday and Saturday.