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.