Rules and Regulations
It is important that all students read and understand the contents of the Housing and Residential Life Handbook as they will be held responsible for the policies and procedures in it. The Policy Handbook for Studentsand Student Code of Community Standards are also helpful resources that students are required to be familiar with.
Berklee's Equity Policy can be found here.
Smoking is not allowed in or around any Berklee building. The sale, possession, or use of illegal drugs is prohibited on and around campus, and Berklee supports all federal and state laws concerning illegal drugs. Residents who are 21 or older are allowed to have limited amounts of alcohol in their residence hall rooms. To learn more about our policies around alcohol and drug use, please see the 2017–2018 Student Code of Community Standards.
These policies do not apply to the summer programs and Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where alcohol is prohibited in the residence halls regardless of age.
Berklee places a high priority on the safety, security, and wellbeing of its students. A security officer is posted at the front entrance of every college residence hall. Anyone entering a residence hall is required to scan their Berklee ID or have a guest pass and be accompanied by a resident of that building.
Public Safety is located at the following address:155 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-747-2682.
Students who would like to bring a guest into the residence hall with them must submit a guest pass request online. They will be required to submit a photo along with identifying personal information of the person entering the residence hall. After submitting the request form, an email will be sent to the student with the guest pass. This pass must be shown to the security officer when the student swipes into the residence hall.
Please note that guest passes are only valid for the day or the evening.
Keys and IDs
Students who lock themselves out of their room can visit the Housing Office in 150 Massachusetts Avenue between normal business hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.) or the resident assistant's office in their residence hall during their open hours. At all other times, students will need to see the security desk at their building for lockouts. For the first two incidents of a lockout, the student will be loaned a key that they will have to return immediately after retrieving their key. Every time after that, the student will have to pay a $10 charge for each lockout.
Students who have lost their key and require a replacement will need to visit the Housing Office in 150 Massachusetts Avenue between normal business hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). Resident assistants can loan students a key outside of these hours as a temporary measure, but students will need to visit the Housing Office to obtain a permanent replacement key and pay the fee. Students will be charged according to the following fee schedule:
|First Lost Key||$25|
|Second Lost Key||$75|
|Third Lost Key||$150|
|Recore the Lock||$100|
In the instance that a student loses their key a third time, they will be charged a $100 fee for recoring the door, plus the key replacement fee of $150. The student and their roommates will receive new keys as that many misplaced keys creates a safety concern. The Housing Office can accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards for payment of these fees.
The student identification card, or Berklee Card, is a multipurpose card that provides access to facilities and services. The front of the card displays a student’s picture, name, and student number, and it is used at campus facilities. The card stripe allows access to the student’s online flexible spending account for use at campus vending machines and at local merchants, including the campus dining hall and college bookstore. For more information on the flexible spending account, visit berkleecard.com. The Berklee Card is also an access control card that allows access to buildings across the Berklee campus.
Students needing to place a work order for their room should contact someone on the residence life staff or visit the Housing Office. This includes issues related to furniture, plumbing, or general maintenance. Students needing to report a pest issue should also have someone from the residence life or housing staff place a work order. An exterminator is on campus twice a week to respond to these issues, and resident assistants can provide mouse traps.
Current on-campus students wishing to make a room change due to a roommate conflict or non-roommate issues that are not medically related should first speak with the resident director (RD) of their building. The RD will provide the student with a room change form, which they will need to sign. Once this form is turned in to the Housing Office, the student will be given new rooms to view and must speak with their potential new roommate(s). Once a match has been made, the student will be given a key to the new room and must return the key to their old room once the room change process is completed.
For any room changes needed due to medical issues, the student needs to contact Disability Services, who will have to approve the request. If the request is approved, the Housing Office will make proper accommodations for the student.
At the end of the fall semester, there will be an opportunity to request a room change through the Housing Office. Details regarding this process will be emailed to students in late November or early December.
Single rooms are reserved for students needing medical accommodations. Students needing accommodations for medical reasons should reach out to Disability Services. The Housing Office will coordinate with them to make the proper assignments. A handful of single rooms may be available to continuing students, depending on availability.
Residents who continue from one year to the next are able to select their rooms and roommates. See Applying for Housing for more information.
Students who want to remain in on-campus housing for the following fall semester will have to be registered for classes for the following fall term. Room and roommate selection is completely online through my.berklee.edu. Students will need to complete the housing application and pay the housing prepayment in order to be considered for on-campus housing. Each student who submits both items will be assigned a housing lottery number in order to participate in the room and roommate selection process.
See the section on Applying for Housing for additional information.
Students may remain in the residence halls during Thanksgiving break and March break, though meals are not served and some other services are limited. Students may not stay in the residence halls during winter vacation (the end of fall term through check-in week for spring term), but they can leave their belongings in their rooms. The residence halls will close for winter vacation on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. All residents must be out of their residence hall space by that time. No exceptions will be granted regarding this deadline. The residence halls will reopen to continuing students on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
For the dates of school breaks and vacations, please see the Academic Calendar.
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 of their belongings, between terms.
The full meal plan is included in the housing fee. Meals are offered on an all-you-care-to-eat basis in the dining hall at 160 Massachusetts Avenue. Residents swipe their ID card each time they enter the campus dining hall. The standard meal plan allows 265 swipes each semester (an average of 17 per week) plus 10 guest meals. All entering students are required to be on the full meal plan. Returning and continuing students who are assigned to either 270 Commonwealth Avenue or 98 Hemenway Street have the option of purchasing a reduced or no meal plan as these residence halls have kitchen facilities. A reduced meal plan allows 130 swipes each semester and five guest meals.
Dining services are provided by Aramark throughout all of campus. The cafeteria at 160 Massachusetts Avenue provides all-you-care-to-eat dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. For quicker dining options, students can drop by Cafe 939, Cafe 24, or Archie’s Place. Students with allergies, dietary restrictions, or other special needs are encouraged to reach out to the director of food services to discuss accommodations.
For more information about dining services, including locations, catering, meal plans, and more, please visit the Dining Services website.
All on-campus students are assigned a student mailbox that will be located in their residence hall. Students can find their mailbox number on their schedule through my.berklee.edu. Postal mail will be delivered to student mailboxes, and packages will be held at the Mail Center to be picked up. The Mail Center is physically located at 1108 Boylston Street and is open Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
All mail to on-campus Berklee College of Music students should be addressed as:[Student Name] SB-xxx [Student Box Number] Berklee College of Music 168 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
All mail to Boston Conservatory at Berklee students should be addressed as:[Student Name] xx [Building Number] TF- xxx [Student Box Number] Boston Conservatory at Berklee 168 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
Anything addressed to a residence hall address will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender. Please note that special deliveries such as fruit or flower bouquets should be arranged for direct pick-up. Neither the Mail Center nor Public Safety officers in the residence halls will sign for special deliveries.
A limited number of lockers for percussion-principal students are available for rental each semester. Students not registered for classes at the Boston campus for the rental term are not eligible to rent a drum locker. Drum lockers are available to non-percussion principals on a limited basis.
On the first day of classes of the fall semester, students can come to the Housing Office (located on the third floor of 150 Massachusetts Avenue) to rent a locker. Lockers cost $50 per semester, and students must sign a rental agreement. All drum lockers have a combination lock already provided that students are welcome to rent for the semester for an additional $10.
Students should take note of the expiration date of the rental agreement. Any locker being occupied after the expiration date will have the lock cut, equipment removed, and the student will be charged a fine of $100. Berklee may dispose of anything left in illegally occupied lockers and is not liable for any belongings lost from seized lockers.
Additional Information and Policies
Posters related to Berklee concerts approved by the Concert Office or Student Activities, posters of official notices from departments or offices of Berklee, or notices regarding approved student club meetings and/or activities may be posted on walls and boards designated “Concerts/Notices”. They may not be larger than 8.5” x 11”, may not be posted earlier than two weeks prior to the event, and must be removed no later than the day after the activity. Since there are no designated boards for posters in the residence halls, all posters placed in those halls must have prior approval and a stamp from the Housing Office before they are posted.
Any poster violating these policies will be removed. If the violation is serious or repeated after warnings are issued, the person responsible for violating the policy may be disciplined according to established disciplinary codes. Berklee reserves the right to remove any posting it deems to be harmful to the institution or to others.
Students who are interested in having a refrigerator and/or microwave in their room are encouraged to contact New England Student Services for information on renting a unit for the academic year. On their website, you will need to provide a school code: for the College, it is 2313, and for the Conservatory, it is 8331.
The following items are not allowed in the residence halls:
- Air conditioner units
- Electric blankets
- Hibachi/BBQ grills
- Wireless hub
- Extension cords
- Sun lamps
- Traditional coffee makers
- Halogen lamps
- Holiday lights
Due to 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 Berklee, but they are not close to the residence halls, and bikes on those racks are subject to damage and theft. Students are welcome to store their bikes at the Bicycle Pavilion located on Boylston Street near Massachusetts Avenue (login required).
Berklee does not provide personal property insurance. Students are encouraged to contact a homeowners’ insurance provider to see if their policy can cover the property of a student living in a college residence hall, or contact a company that provides college student property insurance, such as the National Student Services, Inc.