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Directions and Travel Resources

Brandeis University is a 235-acre campus in the vibrant, diverse city of Waltham. The views of nearby Boston, America’s premier college town, are amazing.

Explore Waltham

The historic city of Waltham – population 60,000 – offers a wide array of restaurants, shops, and theaters to suit any taste. The city was ranked #13 in a survey of Best Places to Live in America (population 10,000 to 100,000) by Monday magazine. 

The trendy Main Street-Moody Street area, with its dozens of ethnic eateries, fine antique shops and popular boutiques, has become one of Greater Boston’s most popular night-on-the-town destinations. From there, it’s a short walk to the Embassy Cinema, a six-screen multiplex featuring a mix of independent film, foreign-language cinema and Hollywood favorites – not to mention an espresso bar.

Visiting Boston

One of the nation’s oldest and most historic cities, Boston is also one of the most exciting cities in the country for students. Live music, great theater, world famous museums, fabulous food, championship sports teams, breathtaking architecture and cityscapes make Boston a global destination.

Brandeis’ host city of Waltham is a short car or train ride to Boston. And a Brandeis bus shuttle runs to Boston 30 times a week.


Brandeis is located just nine miles from Boston and is within a half-day’s drive of every major city in the Northeast. More than 40 airlines fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport. Boston is also a hub for Amtrak and several major bus lines. 

The MBTA ("the T") offers bus and commuter rail service from Boston to Waltham, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and other towns. The Brandeis/Roberts stop at Brandeis University is on the Fitchburg commuter rail line. Bus route 553 stops near campus.

The Heller School is located adjacent to the Tower Parking Lot at the highest point of campus along the peripheral road. The Security Gatehouse at the Brandeis University main entrance can provide you with a parking pass and directions.

Customize your driving directions with Google maps or view an interactive campus map.

Places to Stay

Many lodging options are available in Waltham or just a short drive away, including extended-stay hotels, Airbnb rentals and boutique hotels. For even more choices, you can try Boston, which is easily accessible via mass transit or car.

In addition, six local Marriott Hotels offer discounted rates to Brandeis University visitors. To take advantage of this rate, please book your reservation here.

Places to Eat

Waltham is foodie heaven. Find Italian, American, Greek, Indian, Mexican, seafood, kosher and vegan menus downtown and on Moody Street.

Visitors with Disabilities

We want you to make the most of your visit. If you need assistance, contact Student Accessibility Support before you arrive and we’ll make sure you get the help you need. If you need an ASL interpreter, please let us know three weeks in advance of your visit.