Living On Campus
This information is geared towards prospective and accepted students who would like to know more about living in the Berklee Residence Halls before arriving, but it can also be of use to returning or continuing students who have questions.
Whether you stay in the Residence Halls or in an apartment off campus, your living situation is as much a part of the learning process of college as the classroom. It is an exciting time of self-discovery, and discovery of the world in general. Students at Berklee are exposed to a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and musical styles. For many students, this is their first experience with the responsibility of independence, and the art of compromise that comes with living with other people.
The Berklee residence halls seek to provide a safe, convenient environment for students to conduct their studies, and also to develop as individuals. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with student musicians from all over the world. We encourage everyone to approach the experience with an attitude of excitement, openness, and tolerance. Those living on campus will have access to activities designed to foster a sense of community, and to inform students about issues that may be relevant for their communities and interests.
The Berklee Residence Halls
The Berklee College of Music Residence Halls are located in Boston's Back Bay/Fenway neighborhood, one of the most interesting and enjoyable sections of the city. Boston and Northeastern Universities, Boston Conservatory, Fenway Park, Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, the city's best music stores, and many other cultural, educational, and entertainment centers are all within walking distance. Close by are stops on the subway and bus lines which take you to all parts of Boston and Cambridge, from the theater district to Harvard Square.
Our residence halls have two- and three-person rooms, practice facilities, study space, and coin laundry machines. Every room has a bed, desk, chair, and dresser for each student, and shared closet space. Beds can be bunks, lofts or individual beds depending on the building and room. All mattresses are extended twin size (36" x 80"). Rooms are carpeted, and windows have shades.
You should plan to provide a pillow, blanket, bed linen, towels, and desk lamp (if you like to use one). The phone system allows up to two phones in each room, so you may want to bring a touch-tone telephone as well. There are individual college computer network connections for each student in each room.
Since we are in the midst of the city, where safety and security are important considerations, each Residence Hall has an access control officer on duty twenty-four hours a day. While Berklee's location in the middle of Boston is a tremendous asset, it also means that our space is limited. We have only a small number of single rooms (which go to continuing residents), and are unable to offer accommodations for married couples.
In addition to those of us who work in the Housing Office, Berklee has an excellent staff of professional employees known as resident directors and student employees called resident assistants. These are people who live in the residence halls and assist residents with questions and concerns.
They also encourage and develop residence hall activities to introduce new residents to each other and to all that the Boston area has to offer. The resident assistants are chosen because they are successful Berklee students with interest and skills in helping other students.
You will have opportunities to meet the staff people living in your area when you move in, and you'll find them to be a very valuable source of help and information throughout your stay on campus.