Plan Your Housing

Student housing is as much a part of the college learning process as the classroom experience. It is an exciting time of self-discovery and discovery of the world in general. Berklee students 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.

On-Campus Housing

Until now, Berklee College of Music has been known as a “nonresidential” campus solely because there was not sufficient housing supply to meet the demand, thereby forcing most students to seek off-campus housing.

With the Spring 2014 opening of our new 16-story building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Berklee College of Music will have the on-campus housing capacity to house all entering students, as well as those continuing and returning students wishing to enjoy the benefits and conveniences of on-campus living.

The 160 Massachusetts Avenue building is centrally located and will feature: 12 floors of residence hall space, including five lounges; spectacular views of the Back Bay and Fenway areas; in-house practice rooms; a stunning new dining facility that includes a stage, lighting, and sound for performances; and world-class recording studios. There is also a fitness room for building residents.

Our residence halls located at 150 Massachusetts Avenue and 160 Massachusetts Avenue form the hub of our housing system due to their central and convenient location, the combined capacity to house close to 800 residents, and the spectacular dining facility. Our residence halls at 98 Hemenway Street and 270 Commonwealth Avenue, both within a short walk to classrooms and campus buildings, offer an opportunity to live within a smaller community of peers in buildings located in the vibrant and picturesque Boston areas of Back Bay and Fenway. All halls offer 24-hour security, in-house practice rooms, laundry rooms, community space, Wi-Fi throughout, and other amenities. On-campus living, with a nine-month academic year license, avoids the need for a 12-month lease and a broker’s fee.

All residence halls are staffed with a rigorously selected, highly trained, and compassionate professional staff and student resident assistants. Our Housing and Residence Life staff works with students, faculty, and peers from across campus to build the engaged and supportive community that is a defining characteristic of our residence hall environment.

We look forward to welcoming you to our on-campus community!

Boston sunsetHousing Policy

BEGINNING SPRING 2014

Entering students under the age of 20 will be required to live on campus for their first year. Residents reaching the age of 20 by the start of their second year will not be required to continue to live in the residence halls. A resident turning 20 during his/her second year will be required to remain in campus housing for the complete academic year.

Exemptions to the residency requirement are rare and are only made for a few specific reasons. An appeals board, composed of administrators from Housing, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid, will hear requests and render a decision on requests from residents wishing to be exempt from on-campus housing for any of the following reasons: demonstrated financial hardship; attained the age of 20 during the fall semester; family resides locally and student requests to live at home; the student is married, in a registered domestic partnership that is recognized by the state of Massachusetts, and/or is a parent with whom one or more dependent children reside(s); and any other compelling reason. The appeals board will meet, as needed, at to-be-posted deadlines to decide cases in front of it.

Through the returning student room selection process, students currently in housing who are applying to remain on campus are able to choose a room before entering student room assignments have been made, thereby getting “first pick” priority.

New as of Spring 2014, students currently living off campus are able to apply for on-campus housing. In prior years, entering students not selected for on-campus housing were deemed permanently ineligible for on-campus housing given the insufficient housing supply. With the addition of the spaces in 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Berklee students have increased opportunity to reside on campus. Depending upon the number of upper-semester students applying for on-campus living, we may need to set a “cap.” 

Off-Campus Student Services

Off-Campus Student Services seeks to provide resources and materials to Berklee's nonresidential students, from apartment search basics to an off-campus housing bulletin board where students can post anything from "Room Wanted" to "Temporary Housing for Rent."

Apartment hunting in Boston can be challenging, especially when getting started, and even more so if you are far away from the city. When looking for an apartment, we recommend that you start your search online, but plan to dedicate at least a few days to actually visiting the area, making several appointments to see apartments, and doing a certain amount of walking and making phone calls. Any planning you can do beforehand will help you get the apartment you want in the neighborhood you enjoy most.