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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: off-campus housing can be very difficult to find is you don't know someone who already lives off-campus. However, it is much cheaper and nicer to live off-campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know of off-campus housing selections-I live on-campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: For the campus housing, there are a lot of choices.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be challenging, but the benefits of living off campus are worth it. If you find the right place, you can definitely save a lot of money between the cost of rent and dining, compared to living on campus. I think that it is important to talk to other students who live off campus to get a sense of where to live.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is amazing and incredibly unique. However, Boston is an expensive city and finding a place is very difficult due to the high volume of students in the city.


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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 55 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 56 responses

  • 7% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 7% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 55 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 38% Somewhat helpful.
  • 56% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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