Local Atmosphere

Location
Waltham, MA
Undergrads
3,563
Tuition
$44,294
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Students often go into town on the weekends, and there is pretty much always something to do/see on campus

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Waltham is a fine town. However, my favorite thing about it is how close it is to Boston.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Waltham really exists for the schools there and the locals. Moody street is fun but honestly, if you want to get away from campus, you would go to Cambridge or Boston. Waltham has some fun things though, it is just not crazy or full of endless possibilities.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are restaurants and little stores on Moody Street and around Main Street. It is also easy to get to Boston, where there are many fun things to do.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: suburband but boston is very accessible

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Hometown
Floral Park, NY
Major
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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The campus is situated firmly in the residential section of the rapidly expanding city of Waltham. While Waltham isn’t exactly the most exhilarating place, there are supermarkets, pharmacies, cheap takeout, and other amenities necessary for college life. However, it lacks a 24-hour fast food place that has become a staple of most college towns. Moody Street, which provides many exciting distractions for Brandeis students, is a short distance from campus. Full of ethnic restaurants, bars, a movie theater, Lizzy’s Ice Cream, and even a porn shop, Moody Street offers students many opportunities to stop studying and go do something. Bentley University is also in Waltham, and while the two schools rarely interact, there are some great partying opportunities if one dares venture off campus.

If Waltham still seems too small, Cambridge, home of Harvard and MIT, is extremely close; and Boston is always a viable option. The Commuter Rail and subway system run seven days a week, as do various city buses. It is certainly worth investing in a Charlie Card to ensure hassle-free transportation. Shuttles provide frequent free transportation Thursday through Sunday to Cambridge and Boston. Boston is a legendary college town—it is home to more colleges than any other area in the country—and offers anything a student could want in the way of food, music, sports, or other entertainment. On any given night, there is something going on at Northeastern, Harvard, MIT, Boston College, or Boston University, and everyone seems to have friends at other schools. It is no secret that the party scene at Brandeis is dull and monotonous, so events at other schools are the perfect way to spice up a weekend.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The name "Waltham" means "home in the woods."
  2. The Waltham Watch Company opened in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line, which is how Waltham gets the nickname "Watch City."
  3. Aerosmith had a recording studio in Waltham in the 1970s off of Lexington Street.
  4. Waltham houses the East Coast offices of Microsoft and is home to four Fortune 500 companies.
  5. The Celtics used to practice in the Gosman Sports Center.
Notable Natives
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • Matt Damon
  • Abbie Hoffman
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Edward Kennedy
  • John Kerry
  • Leonard Nimoy
Local Slang
  • Bubbler: A water fountain
  • Frappe: Milk, ice cream, maybe flavored syrup. Milkshakes do not have ice cream.
  • Jimmies: Chocolate sprinkles. Sprinkles refers to rainbow sprinkles only.
  • Packie: Liquor store
Points of Interest
  • Harvard Square
  • Moody Street
Shopping Centers
  • Chestnut Hill Mall
  • Framingham Mall
  • Natick Mall
  • Prudential Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Theatres - Harvard Square 5
10 Church St.
Cambridge
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
AMC Theaters - Chestnut Hill 6
27 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
AMC Theatres Framingham 16
22 Flutie Pass
Framingham
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St.
Cambridge
(617) 876-6838
Movie Theaters
Landmark Embassy Cinema
16 Pine St.
Waltham
(781) 893-2500
Movie Theaters
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington St.
West Newton
(617) 964-8074
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: NHL
  • Boston Celtics: NBA
  • Boston Red Sox: MLB
  • New England Patriots: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 20 minutes
  • New York City: : 3 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 49 responses

  • 6% Painfully remote.
  • 43% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 22% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 55% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 49 responses

  • 22% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 27% Totally.

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