Boston is amazing, and Waltham is boring, which makes it necessary to know how to get into Boston—and have a reliable way to do it. Right off of campus is a bus and commuter rail stop that takes you into Boston. The Brandeis/Roberts stop is on the Fitchburg/South Acton line, which ends at North Station, right next to the T.D. Bank North Garden, where the Bruins and Celtics play. It is also very easy to get to the Red line via the commuter rail. The Green line is a short, inexpensive drive away. The MBTA is not a hard system to figure out, but it can be annoying because of the commuter rail schedule, which seems like it was formed by someone throwing darts at random times—it’s so erratic and inconvenient. And since much of Boston’s nightlife tends to wrap up around 1 a.m., so do the trains and buses. You do not want to miss the last commuter rail unless you enjoy taking very expensive taxi rides.
The best option, by far, is the Brandeis shuttle, otherwise known as the Crystal. It runs continuously from Thursday until Sunday and makes stops in Harvard Square and Downtown Boston. It also runs really, really late, which is really good for students who may want to stay out past 1 a.m. (The last subway leaves Boston around 12:30 a.m.) The BranVan is good for going around campus and into Waltham, but it is run by student drivers who will be late and will drive erratically.