Off-Campus Community Expectations and Resources

Off-Campus Disturbances

As an urban college, Berklee is part of the community and business life of its neighborhood. The maintenance of friendly and considerate relations among the college and area residents and businesses is in keeping with the college’s broader responsibility to contribute to the general good of society.

Therefore, Berklee expects its students to demonstrate responsible citizenship. Excessive or unreasonable noise, rude and abusive language or behavior, or conduct that is disruptive to the neighborhood is not in keeping with the role of the college in its urban setting, and such actions will be subject to disciplinary review by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. If found responsible, students may be disciplined with penalties up to and including suspension or dismissal from the college. 

Good Neighbors Handbook

The Boston Rental Housing Center’s (BRHC) Good Neighbors Handbook is an informational guide to help landlords and tenants successfully navigate their way through the complexities of landlord/tenant relationships. 

Noise and the City of Boston

It is important to be mindful of the city’s general standards in regards to noise. 

The Boston Municipal Code (chapter 16, section 26) sets the general standard for noise that is unreasonable or excessive: louder than 50 decibels between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., or louder than 70 decibels at all other hours. The code includes specific provisions regarding car alarms, construction hours, loud speakers, and other amplification devices.