Here are brief answers to common questions about residence hall housing at Berklee. We suggest that you also read through the detailed information in the residence hall housing web pages.
When and how can I apply for residence hall housing?
You must first be accepted for admission to the college and you must confirm your intention to enroll by paying the admissions tuition deposit. Because residence hall space is limited, not all accepted and confirmed entering students can be offered residence hall housing. For each term (fall, spring, and summer) the Housing Office and Admissions Office determine which entering students will be sent housing applications. In general the earlier you are accepted and confirmed, the better your chances of being able to apply for residence hall housing.
How much does it cost to live in the residence halls?
Please refer to berklee.edu/tuition/ for current costs.
Are meals included in residence hall housing?
Yes, our standard meal plan is included in the housing fee. Meals are offered on an all you care to eat basis. Residents "swipe" their ID card each time they enter the campus dining hall. The standard meal plan allows two hundred and sixty-five swipes each semester (an average of seventeen per week) plus ten guest meals. All entering students are required to be on the standard meal plan
Where are the residence halls?
Berklee College of Music’s residence halls are located at 270 Commonwealth Avenue, 98 Hemenway Street, and 150 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston's Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods. Each of the three residence halls is within a ten-minute walk of all of the college's facilities.
Can students stay in the residence halls during college vacations? Can they leave their belongings?
Academic year residents (fall and spring terms) can stay in the residence halls during the college's Thanksgiving Break and March Break, though meals are not served and some other services are limited. They cannot stay in the residence halls during winter vacation (end of fall term to check-in week for spring term) but can leave belongings in their residence hall room.
Spring term residents who are signed up for summer term housing and summer term residents who are signed up for fall term housing must move completely out of the residence halls (including all belongings) between terms. The college provides partial assistance with the cost of off-campus storage in these between term periods.
Are visitors allowed in the residence halls?
Daytime guests are allowed when properly signed in and accompanied by their hosts. To have an overnight guest, a resident must have roommate agreement and an overnight guest pass from the housing department or residence staff.
What are the residence hall rooms like? How big are they?
Because each of our residence halls is different, the residence hall rooms come in many sizes and shapes. There is no single answer to the room size question. The largest rooms tend to be taken by continuing residents (a limited number of continuing students are allowed to sign up in the spring for residence hall housing for the following academic year.)
Two or three students live in each room. Some rooms have private bathrooms, some share corridor bathrooms. Many rooms have windows facing the city streets; others have windows facing alleys or interior areas.
All rooms have shared closet space, are carpeted, and have window shades. Each room contains a desk, desk chair, bed (extra-long twin size), and chest of drawers for each resident.
Smaller rooms have bunk beds or loft style beds. Each room has a shared campus phone system connection. Every resident has her/his own college computer network connection.
Can I get a single room?
Probably not in your first year on campus. There are a limited number of single rooms and they usually are taken by continuing residents.
Can friends arrange to live together?
For first year residents roommate requests are honored whenever possible. Residents who continue from one year to the next are able to select their rooms and roommates.
Are the residence halls co-ed?
Yes. All of the residence halls house both men and women. In the 150 Massachusetts Avenue residence hall, where each room has its own bathroom, gender varies from room to room. In the buildings where multiple rooms share a bathroom, the bathrooms are designated for men or women (or in limited situations, for both) and the surrounding rooms are assigned accordingly.
Are there staff members in the residence halls?
We are really proud of our residence hall staff people. They are among the best in Boston! We have both full time professional staff (resident directors) and student staff (resident assistants) living in the residence halls. They help students with questions and concerns of all sorts, organize and support residence hall activities, monitor safety, security, and maintenance, and generally work with residents to maintain living communities that are safe, educational, and enjoyable.
Are the residence halls a safe place to live? What about the neighborhood?
Safety and security are among our top priorities. All three of our residence halls have complete fire detection and fire sprinkler systems. Each building has an access control officer at the front doors twenty-four hours a day every day. Only students who have a resident ID card (and registered guests escorted by a resident) are allowed access to the residence halls. Our residence halls have a very good safety and security record. Thefts can occur occasionally on campus. We recommend that residents arrange property insurance.
The college is located in one of the best and liveliest areas in the city. However, in any urban setting it is necessary to exercise caution and common sense. We stress neighborhood and residence hall safety and security information with new residents at the start of each semester. The college's Public Safety department issues periodic alerts and updates to remind students to be careful and observant. Detailed safety and security information is available on the Public Safety web pages at berklee.edu/publicsafety/.
Is insurance available for my belongings?
The college does not provide personal property insurance. Check with your homeowners' provider to see if your policy can cover property for a son or daughter living in a college residence hall, or contact the national company that provides college student property insurance (National Student Services Inc.)
What are the residence hall regulations on smoking, drugs, and alcohol?
Smoking is not allowed in or around any college building. The sale, possession, or use of illegal drugs is prohibited on and around campus and the college supports all federal and state laws concerning illegal drugs. Residents who are twenty-one or older are allowed to have limited amounts of alcoholic beverages in their rooms as long as they drink responsibly and do not provide alcohol to any residents who are under age twenty-one. During summer programs (when many residents are high school age students) alcohol is not allowed anywhere in the residence halls regardless of the resident's age.
Are there computer network connections in the residence hall rooms? What about wireless?
Yes, there is a connection to Berklee's computer network for each resident in each room. An Ethernet cable is required. Internet access and e-mail are provided through the network. There is wireless access in some (but not all) sections of the residence halls, as well as in most other areas of the college. All students are issued wireless access accounts.
Is there cable TV in the residence hall rooms?
There is a TV lounge in each building with cable or satellite TV service but we do not have cable TV in the residence hall rooms.
Are there practice rooms in the residence halls?
Yes, in addition to the common practice rooms available to all the students at the college, each residence hall has practice rooms of its own. Only residents have access to the residence hall practice rooms. Residents are not allowed to play or practice in their residence hall rooms.
Is there a place to wash laundry in the residence halls?
Yes. Each residence hall has washers and dryers for resident use. The machines may be operated using quarters or resident ID card (if the resident has set up a berklee.card debit account.)
Are there exercise facilities in the residence halls?
There is a small exercise room (treadmill and elliptical machine) in the 270 Commonwealth Avenue residence hall. The college’s Student Activities Center can provide information on exercise facilities available in the Berklee neighborhood.
Are there activities and programs in the residence halls?
During move-in week and all through the term, the residence hall staff and dining staff arrange and encourage social and educational activities of many types. We have a diverse population and residents learn a lot from each other’s cultures and backgrounds. Additionally, residents participate in many of the college’s clubs and organizations.
Is it possible to keep a bike or a car at the college?
Because of the lack of storage space and the amount of traffic in our stairways and elevators, bicycles are not allowed inside the residence halls. There are some outside bike racks around the college, but they are not close to the residence halls and bikes on those racks are subject to damage and theft.
By agreement with the City of Boston, students are not allowed to park automobiles on the streets in the vicinity of the college. Garage parking is extremely expensive ($300 per month or more.) Fortunately, walking and the subway and buses will get you to just about anywhere you'll want to go in Boston and the nearby area.