Brandeis, Waltham and Boston

Brandeis University

The Heller School is housed in a single building on the northern side of Brandeis University’s 235-acre campus. Founded in 1948, Brandeis is ranked among the top 35 colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and is renowned for its exceptional research capacity. 

Brandeis was founded by the American Jewish community as a non-sectarian university, with particular emphasis on being welcoming and inclusive toward people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The university’s core values are rooted in Jewish history and culture, including a respect for learning, an emphasis on critical thinking, and a drive to make the world a better place through one’s talents and actions.

In addition to the Heller School, the university comprises the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, the Brandeis International Business School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. 


A suburban town west of Boston, Waltham has a diverse population of 62,000, with large immigrant communities from Latin America, Uganda and South Asia. Several historic sites – including 19th century mansions, estates, watch factories and textile mills – are located in the town and have been preserved for public enjoyment.

The Charles River runs through Waltham, offering opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. A 10-mile bike path follows the river into Boston and is popular with cyclists and joggers. The MBTA commuter rail operates one station downtown and another at Brandeis, bringing riders to Cambridge and Boston in as little as 20 minutes.

Downtown Waltham includes a colorful assortment of bars, restaurants, shops and a historic cinema. The affordable rent, convenient public transportation to Boston and variety and quality of nightlife and culture have attracted many young professionals to Waltham in recent years, including many Heller School students.


Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England, with over 645,000 residents. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, it is well known for its many historic buildings and monuments, including Bunker Hill, the Old North Church and the sites of the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party. Boston is a national leader in medicine, entrepreneurship, engineering and finance, and is home to world-class museums, concert halls, sports teams and cultural events.

With over 70 colleges and universities, Greater Boston is an international center of higher education, research and innovation. The area attracts more than 350,000 college students from around the world. The Boston Area Graduate Consortium, of which Brandeis is a member, allows graduate students to cross-register in courses at several area colleges. 

Boston is a popular place to live and has housing costs to match. Even so, the city ranks high on livability ratings, and several neighborhoods in nearby Cambridge and Somerville remain accessible and attractive options for graduate students who prefer city life.

Waltham named best place to live in Massachusetts by Money and

"One of the oldest cities in America, Waltham is located on the Charles River just 10 miles from central Boston. Its easy access to Route 128, the Massachusetts Turnpike, and Route 2—not to mention an MBTA station—makes commuting relatively easy..." (Read the rest here.)