Introduction to On-Campus Living
Berklee has both full-time professional staff (resident directors) and student staff (resident assistants) living in the residence halls. They help students with questions and concerns; organize and support residence hall activities; monitor safety, security, and maintenance; and generally work to maintain living communities that are safe, educational, and enjoyable. More information on each of our staff members is available here.
The full meal plan allows for 265 meals/swipes for the semester. This averages to three meals per day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends.
All first-year students are required to have a full meal plan, regardless of which residence hall they live in. Residents of 98 Hemenway Street or 270 Commonwealth Avenue who are not in their first year can opt for a reduced or no meal plan since these residence halls have kitchen facilities. Students wishing to explore this option should contact the Housing Office. On-campus students cannot adjust their meal plan once the semester begins.
The Health and Wellness Department's office can be found at 32 Fenway, and Counseling Services is located at 54 Fenway. Their hours are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. There are also a number of health and wellness programs presented in the residence halls by the residential education staff.
Massachusetts requires that students who are enrolled at least three-quarters of full time in a degree-granting program on a campus in Massachusetts, regardless of the student’s state of residency, participate in a compliant, school-sponsored health insurance plan or a health insurance plan with comparable coverage. For more details and information, please visit the Health and Wellness page.
There are fitness facilities in the 160 Massachusetts Avenue and 270 Commonwealth Avenue residence halls. Students who live in on-campus housing have access to these facilities. The Student Activities Center can provide additional information regarding fitness facilities in the Berklee neighborhood.
During move-in week and throughout 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 Berklee’s clubs and organizations.
Safety and security are among Berklee's top priorities. All of our residence halls have fire detection and fire sprinkler systems. Each building has an access control officer at the front 24 hours a day, every day. Only students who are assigned to the residence hall are allowed access to that building. Our residence halls have a very good safety and security record. However, thefts can occur occasionally on campus, so we recommend that residents arrange property insurance.
Berklee is located in one of the busiest, liveliest areas in Boston. In any urban setting, it is necessary to exercise caution and common sense. We stress neighborhood and residence hall safety and security with new residents at the start of each semester. The institution's Public Safety Department issues periodic alerts and updates to remind students to be careful and observant. More detailed safety and security information can be found here.
Laundry facilities are located in each of the residence halls. Berklee contracts outside companies to provide and service the laundry machines. Students can pay with quarters or with money stored on a card—the Berklee ID card in the case of College students and a separate laundry card that's provided at move-in in the case of Conservatory students. College students can reload their cards through the OneCard website, and Conservatory students can add money to their laundry cards with the machine in 24 Fenway.
Any issues with the machines should be reported to the laundry company at the phone number on the side of the machine or to the Office of Housing and Residential Life in 150 Massachusetts Avenue. Any loss of funds will have to be reported directly to the laundry company by the student in order to receive a refund.