Allergy-Friendly Campus Guide: Brandeis University


The dining hall at Brandeis University, worked hard with me to try to accommodate my allergies. They have a top eight free section in each dining hall that has hot meal options, gluten free breads, a dedicated microwave, toaster, allergy safe brownies, cookies, etc. With my long list of allergies they were not able to accommodate everything. I was able to easily get housing accommodations to have my own kitchen in a suite with three friends who all agreed to avoid my allergens.

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

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Sarah Ackerman – Spokin User @girlbehindhive

Allergies: Peanuts, Tree nuts, Soy, Shellfish, Gluten, Mustard
Class: 2017
Major: Psychology and Theater
Currently doing: Program manager at the AEF and running Girl Behind the Hive
Instagram: @girlbehindthehive

Ponzu Izakaya Waltham

The staff is so great here. They make my rolls in a separate area so there is no cross-contamination with sesame. They are very aware of allergies and the staff knows all ingredients in all their dishes. Super consistent. Ordered from here once a week!

The Chateau Restaurant Waltham

LOVE! If you do takeout they put a sticker on top of your order that says “this order is safe from” and then they check off the allergen boxes. I thought that was amazing and showed they were putting in extra steps to take care of those with food allergies or intolerances.

Josephs Two

They take food allergies seriously and have great breakfast options. There is a lot of dairy on the menu though, so I would be careful if you have a serious dairy allergy.

Playmakers Restaurant

Organized a large party here. They were very accommodating with the allergies and we planned an entire nut-free menu. Everyone loved the food!

The Prime Deli + Cafe

They always change their gloves when handling my food. I have never ordered anything fried, but their bread has been safe for me in the past. They’re very helpful in providing labels for anything you order.

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