Off-Campus Housing

Waltham, MA
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: People who love living off campus live off campus, and vice-versa. It is a completely doable and enjoyable experience.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Waltham is hit or miss

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think living off-campus could be cheaper than living on campus in some cases. There are some apartment complexes and town houses in Waltham.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off campus and do not know anyone who has.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman, I haven't explored off-campus housing options but I do know the university owns a few apartment complexes off campus that allow students the freedom to live off campus while still benefitting from university services such as the "Bran Van".
Students that choose to live off campus have to find their own transportation to and from campus. As a student from the south, I find this to be a struggle since New England weather (snow/blizzards) could prevent you from getting to class/campus.


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  • 923rd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Living off campus may seem like every college student’s dream—but probably not at Brandeis. Incoming students are guaranteed four consecutive semesters of housing. In recent years, more juniors and seniors have been unable to attain housing on campus. Unless you are into sketchy frat parties, most worthwhile activities happen on campus, so there is not much improvement in your social life if you move away. If you have no luck with the lottery and are forced to go house-hunting, the options are not all that exciting. However, it is a great learning experience, and there is the amazing bonus of not having to waste money on a meal plan. Overall, most students who live off campus seem to love it, and very few students who live off campus junior year move back to campus their senior year.

There are two main problems with off-campus housing. One is that Brandeis does nothing to help people find an apartment. The few places that are available in Waltham are usually way too expensive or too far away unless you have a car. The other problem with off-campus housing is the lack of parking on campus for any student wishing to commute. For many months of the year, it is way too cold to walk to class, and there is a tremendous amount of rain, even when it is warm. However, many upperclassmen wouldn’t have it any other way, so living off campus can’t be all that bad.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before the housing lottery numbers come out
Popular Areas
Any place around campus, Dartmouth Street for fraternities or people who like to party
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $850
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 3 BR: $1,700
Did You Know?
Brandeis assigns housing through a lottery system.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 38 responses

  • 8% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 37 responses

  • 59% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 41% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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