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4 College Senior

Transportation: The commuter rail, the shuttle, and the nearby T station offer quite a few ways to get into Boston and get to other areas.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The commuter rail and shuttles are nice but we need more access to the T or at least discounts on tickets.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: lots of busses and trains and airplanes in boston

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars are often unecessary, but the school-sponsored shuttle into Boston and into the neighboring towns is fantastic. The commuter rail and the T are always reliable and plenty of students use them to get around.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Taxis are very expensive and they stop the shuttle around midterms and finals.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Boston Shuttle Service
  • Waltham Van Service
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $45.
  • A taxi, the Airporter, and the subway are all good ways to get to Logan. Try to avoid traveling during rush hour if you want to make it in time for your flight.
Local Taxi Services
Checker Cabs

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Bran Van
(781) 736-5000
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Waltham Van and Shuttle Service

(781) 736-5000

(781) 736-4999

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Campus Van and Shuttle Service (Bran Van)

(781) 736-5000

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Boston/Cambridge Shuttle Service

(781) 736-4999

Thursday 6 p.m.-3 a.m., Friday-Saturday 3:30 p.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

Brandeis is served by the Fitchburg commuter rail line and the 553 bus, which run to downtown Boston. The station is located at 1 Sawyer Road.

(800) 392-6100

1 Sawyer Road, Waltham

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport


(617) 428-2800

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is located about 10 miles east of campus.

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

South Station

This station is about 11 miles east of campus.

Summer Street at Atlantic Avenue, Boston

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 60 responses

  • 42% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 47% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 70% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 41 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 42 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 41 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 60 responses

  • 17% Very easy.
  • 68% Fairly easy.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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