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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love where I live. It is perfectly situated, the quad is beautiful, and I am close to pretty much everything. Just about anything on campus can be reached in 10 minutes or so at most from just about anywhere else.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's really dependent on where you live. The Department of Community Living can be a rather infuriating place to deal with, but there truly are some great places to live on campus. Furthermore, the housing scene is overall pretty great.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not that bad. It's an average set of dorms and most end up being pretty nice and comfortable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are the worst of all classes as expected of most universities but there are some pretty nice upperclassman dorms, like Ridgewood, the Village, and Grad. We also have a Castle on campus for sophomores, but I heard that there is bad internet reception there and some rooms might be very old.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I would not recommend freshmen housing. I am in on of the two freshmen quads and my floor is a mess. I even came back early this semester for sports practice expecting the bathrooms to be clean since no one had been around for a month but instead found that there was hair everywhere and that the showers appeared to have not even been touched by the cleaning staff.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 772nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 946th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 989th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1182nd
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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The quality and experience of on-campus housing at Brandeis really depends on whom you ask. Half of the dorms at Brandeis are newly renovated and the other half desperately need to be updated. The bathrooms are cleaned Monday–Friday but tend to get pretty gross on the weekends. The cleaning staff are friendly and usually do a good job. Freshmen and sophomores aren't required to live on campus, but it is available to those who want to. Most juniors and seniors are able to find on-campus housing, but the housing lottery doesn't guarantee housing to juniors or seniors.

Ridgewood, Massell, Village, & Rosenthal are located near Sherman Dining Hall and Shapiro Campus Center. North, Usen Castle, & East are located near the North Academic Quad, Usen Student Center, and the library. Ziv, 567, Grad, and the Mods are considered to be far from the rest of campus. The Village, Ridgewood, North & Grad have all been recently updated and are very nice locations. However, East, Ziv, the Castle, and the Mods are in desperate need of repair and renovations. The BranVan drives around all day and most of the night to transport people to far dorms when they have to stay late on main campus. It is a testament to Brandeis’s on-campus housing that so many students choose to stay on campus.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Men's dorms
  • Thematic Learning Communities
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
Freshmen Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Renfield Hall (Massell Quad)
  • Usen Hall (Massel Quad)
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Ridgewood Quad Apartments
Worst Freshman Dorms
Shapiro Hall (Massell Quad)
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
East Quad
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Mirror
Also Available
Gender neutral housing is available. Housing for handicapped individuals is provided. Special housing is available for those in community cause communities. Community cause communities are "housing for students who wish to build community and live with each other while exploring a theme or common interest/passion." The themes for C3 are alternative spring break, substance awareness for everyday, and balanced living housing.
Available for Rent
MicroFridges and TVs
Did You Know?
  • It is said that there are secret underground tunnels connecting East Quad to the Castle.
  • In 2010, U.S. World News and Report named Usen Castle one of the eight coolest dorms in the nation.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

East Quad (Hassenfeld-Krivof, Shapiro House, Pomerantz-Rubenstein, and Swig)
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Community kitchen, large common areas, laundry facilities, open lounges; located near Gosman Sports Center, Health Center, and Intercultural Center
Massell Quad (Deroy, Renfield, Shapiro, and Usen halls)
Floors: 4 (in each building)
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Community kitchens, floor lounges (Deroy, Renfield, and Usen halls), laundry facilities, Shapiro Lounge (open 24 hours) with TV; home to Midrash Jewish Study and Prayer room (Shapiro).
North Quad (Cable, Gordon, Reitman, and Scheffres halls)
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Bike rack (Gordon), community kitchens (Cable and Polaris Lounge), laundry facilities (Reitman and Cable), Polaris Lounge (open 24 hours) and game room, second-floor lounges with balconies, vending machines; located near academic quad, administration buildings, Usdan Student Center, and more.
Rosenthal Quad (Rosenthal South, North, and East)
Floors: 4 in each of three buildings
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Eight-person suites (singles and doubles)
Special Features: Community kitchens, dance/aerobics studio (Rosenthal East), laundry facilities (Rosenthal North), student lounges, TV lounge (Rosenthal South); located in heart of campus near Shapiro Student Center, Sherman Dining Hall, Goldfarb/Farber Library, and more.
Usen Castle and Schwartz Hall
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Balcony with great views of Boston, Castle Commons, community kitchen, courtyard, fireplace, foosball table, hardwood floors in some units, in-room sinks in some units, laundry facilities adjacent, Schwartz Lounge (with piano), student-run pottery studio adjacent, TV and study lounges, unique rooms; home to Cholmondeley's, a coffeehouse and late-night snack bar; located next to Usdan Student Center
The Village (A, B, and C houses)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Air conditioning, community kitchens, elevator (A House), gym (B House) laundry facilities (A House), multipurpose room, seminar room, study lounge, TV lounge
Ziv Quad (127, 128, Mazer/129, and 130)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite (two per unit)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: 6-bedroom suites (singles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, elevators, laundry facilities, vending machines

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

567 South Street
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Efficiencies (doubles) and two-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Full kitchen in each unit, on-site laundry, shuttle service to main campus
Located next to Cappy's Pizza Parlor and across from the Brandeis/Roberts Commuter Rail station
Charles River Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 100-249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen and graduate students
Room Types: Efficiencies (doubles) and two-, three-, and five-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Full kitchen in each unit; community features include Gorstein Commons Room with TV, community kitchen, on-site laundry facilties, parking, shuttle service to main campus
Foster Student Living Center (Foster Mods)
Floors: 3-4
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Seniors
Room Types: Four- and six-bedroom townhouses (singles)
Special Features: Full kitchen, living and dining rooms, on-site laundry facilities, outdoor common areas, parking lot
Ridgewood Quad
Floors: 2-4 in each of three buildings
Number of Units: 25-49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Juniors and seniors
Room Types: Four- and six-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Air conditioning, common lounge in each building, full kitchen and common area in each unit, on-site laundry facilities, sustainable features for energy conservation

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