Life in the Residence Halls
We are currently home to five different residential areas: 98 Hemenway Street, 150 Massachusetts Avenue, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, 270 Commonwealth Avenue, and the Fenway buildings. All of the residential areas are located within a 10-minute walk to the main campus buildings.
Which residence hall is the best?
All of our residence halls have different amenities and qualities that make them unique. Check out our Residence Halls page to learn more about what they offer.
I would like to apply for a housing accommodation. What should I do?
If you would like to apply for a housing accommodation, please reach out to Accessibility Resources and complete their process before their advertised deadline. If you are approved for a housing accommodation and have been confirmed for housing, you will be assigned to a room that meets that accommodation. If you submit and are approved for a housing accommodation after the advertised deadline, you may be placed on a waitlist until a room that meets your accommodation becomes available.
What are the dimensions of my room?
The rooms in our residence halls vary in regard to dimensions, even when they are the same room type (double, triple, etc.). Being that you cannot bring in any outside furniture, most likely you will not need the exact dimensions of the space. For rugs, we recommend that you do not bring one that is larger than five-by-seven feet.
What should I bring to Berklee?
Berklee has partnered with New England Student Services to provide a range of services including microfridge sales and rentals (including drop-off and pick-up) and storage solutions. A portion of the sales are shared with the Housing and Residential Education team to support social and educational programs in the residence halls.
Each room comes with the following:
- Twin XL mattress
- Closet space
We recommend that you bring the following items to campus:
- Twin XL bed sheets
- Mattress cover or topper
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Clothes hangers
- Laundry basket
- Laundry detergent
- Alarm clock
- Bowls, cups, and plates
- Shower caddy
What items are prohibited?
The following items are prohibited in the residence halls:
- Electric scooters, skateboards, and hoverboards
- These items can be stored at the Bike Pavilion on campus but not in the residence halls
- Air conditioners
- Clothing irons that do not have an automatic shutoff
- Space heaters
- Electric percolators or kettles that do not have an automatic shutoff
- Fridges larger than four cubic feet
- Candles, incense, or any open flames
- Non-LED string lights
- Non-Berklee-issued furniture
- Electric blankets
- Appliances such as air fryers, grills, hot plates, toaster ovens, hot pots, electric frying pans, griddles, rice cookers, toasters, and crock pots
- Traditional coffee makers (Keurigs are permitted)
- Wireless hubs
- Sun lamps and halogen lamps
- Bicycles (permitted, but cannot be stored in residence hall rooms)
- Pets (except for approved emotional support animals and service animals)
- Water guns, water balloons, and toy guns
- Weapons of any kind
Are there staff in the residence halls?
Each student living on campus will have a designated resident assistant for the academic year. Resident assistants are student staff members who live in the halls and oversee a community of residents. Each residence hall is also overseen by a full-time professional staff member. Students will meet their resident assistant and designated professional staff member during their first week on campus.
Where can I get more information on move-in, move-out, and breaks?
Visit our Move-In, Move-Out, and Break Information page for important dates and procedures.
I want to change rooms. What should I do?
To start the process of a room change, students should reach out directly to their resident director or area coordinator. They will ask to schedule a meeting with the student to talk more about the process and all the options. Students who participate in the room change process can expect the following:
- We aim to address every room change request within five business days. However, during times of the year when these requests are more frequent, it may take longer.
- Students will be asked to reflect on the reason(s) they are looking to move. In most cases, students will be asked to participate in a roommate mediation before their request will be granted.
- Once a request is approved, students will be provided with a list of available spaces on campus that they can choose from.
If you have any medical needs, you should work with the Office of Accessibility Resources for Students to put your accommodation on file. The process for approved medical housing accommodations is different from the general room change process.
Where can I store my belongings over summer break?
Berklee has partnered with New England Student Services to provide a range of services including microfridge sales and rentals (including drop off and pick up) and storage solutions. A portion of the sales are shared with the Housing and Residential Education team to support social and educational programs in the residence halls. Visit the New England Student Services website for more information on services offered and rates.
Residence Hall Amenities
All residential areas have similar amenities, with a few key differences. Students living on campus can access any of the amenities available both in their residence hall and other residence halls on campus.
Where can I eat on campus?
The Berklee campus offers a number of dining options for students. Visit Berklee's dining page to learn more about dining locations, hours, and menus.
How do I receive mail while living in the residence halls?
In order to receive mail, you will need to use the address below. Packages addressed to your residence hall will be returned to sender. When having items sent to campus, please use the name associated with your student account versus a nickname or shortened version of your name.
All envelopes and packages should be picked up from the Mail Center, located at 1108 Boylston Street. You will receive email notifications for any packages you receive, but not for envelopes. Please do not go to the Mail Center until you've received this email.
Please note that we cannot accept any packages at the front desks of residence halls under any circumstances.[Your Name] Berklee 168 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
Where can I practice my instrument?
When possible, students are encouraged to rent practice rooms (login required) in their residence hall, though they can also practice in their residence hall rooms.
Where can I do my laundry?
Each residence hall has washers and dryers for residents to use. The machines may be operated using quarters or CSCPay Mobile app, which students can download once they arrive on campus.
Is there air conditioning in the residence halls?
The 150 Massachusetts Avenue and 160 Massachusetts Avenue residence halls are air conditioned, while the other residence halls are not. There are air-conditioned common spaces in 270 Commonwealth Avenue and 98 Hemenway Street. Students are not permitted to bring air conditioning units with them.
Can I rent a fridge for my room?
For fridge rentals, we recommend reaching out to New England Student Services, which offers fridge and microwave rentals as well as on-campus delivery and pick-up. All fridges must be 4.3 cubic feet or less.
How do I connect to the internet?
There is wireless internet access in all residence halls as well as on campus. Students can log in to the Berklee network using their OnePass credentials.
Can I bring a microwave?
Students are permitted to bring microwaves to the residence halls. We ask that each room not have more than two microwaves.
Where can I work out on campus?
The 160 Massachusetts Avenue and 270 Commonwealth Avenue residence halls are both home to fitness centers, which can be used by any current Berklee student living on campus during the fall and spring semesters only. Fitness centers are not available for student use in the summer. Please note that as of January 2021, fitness centers are closed until further notice.
Is there cable TV in the residence halls?
There is a TV lounge in each residential area with cable TV, but we do not currently offer cable in residence hall rooms.
Are there kitchens in the residence halls?
The 98 Hemenway Street and 270 Commonwealth Avenue residence halls are both home to community kitchens that are available for residents to use. Please note that as of January 2021, community kitchens are closed until further notice.
Our dedicated residential and housing operations staff oversee housing assignments, along with other integral processes like move-in and move-out. Visit our Residence Halls page to learn more about the five different residential areas on campus.
Are the residence halls divided by gender?
Our residence halls are not divided by gender. Housing assignments are done based on gender identity, not sex assigned at birth.
I've been assigned to an economy room. What does that mean?
Economy rooms are rooms that are slightly smaller than other spaces on campus designated for the same amount of residents. Students who are assigned to economy rooms will receive a partial refund at the end of each semester, which is calculated based on the number of weeks the room stays fully occupied. If an economy room stays fully occupied for an entire academic year, the residents of that room will receive a refund of $1,501 each semester.
I would like to live in a single room. Are there any available?
Single rooms are reserved for medical accommodations. If you believe you require a single room due to a medical accommodation, visit the Accessibility Services for Students page to request a housing accommodation.
How do I switch rooms?
If you would like to switch rooms, speak with the professional staff member who oversees your hall. They can walk you through the room-switch process and what your options are on campus.
What should I do if something is broken in my room?
Alert a staff member immediately, and they will put in a work order for you.
Does Berklee provide personal property insurance?
Berklee does not provide personal property insurance. It is recommended that students check with their family’s homeowners’ insurance provider to see if their policy will cover the property of a student on campus. Students may also contact a national company that provides college student property insurance.
Safety and Security
Berklee's campus is located in the heart of Boston's scenic, historic Back Bay neighborhood. In any urban setting, it is necessary to exercise a degree of caution. Students will learn more during orientation about suggested security measures and resources available on campus to assist in keeping them safe.
Are the residence halls safe?
Safety and security are among our top priorities. All of our residence halls have complete fire detection and fire sprinkler systems. Each building, with the exception of the Fenway residence halls, has a security desk that is staffed 24/7, and students are required to use their Berklee ID in order to enter the residence halls. Upon arriving on campus, students will learn more about residence hall safety, as well as Berklee’s Public Safety Department.
I lost my key. What should I do?
If you lose your key, follow the lockout procedures highlighted below. You will be given a new key and will be asked to pay $25 to replace your lost key.
I'm locked out. What should I do?
Call 617-747-UNLK (8655) at any time for instructions on what to do if you are locked out.
Can I have guests visit me?
Full-time Berklee students living in the residence halls can have guests visit them as long as they are registered using the Residence Hall Guest Pass form (login required) and ensure they are following the guest policies outlined below.
- A guest is defined as a Berklee student who does not live on campus or any person not affiliated with Berklee.
- All guests must be 17 years of age or older.
- Guests must show one of the following upon entry:
- Driver’s license
- Military ID
- ID card issued by another college with photo of student
- Green Card
- Overnight guests may stay no longer than three (3) nights in a seven-day period.
- Furthermore, overnight guests may stay no more than ten (10) calendar days in a month.
- Residents must be physically present with their guests at all times.
- Guests are expected to follow Berklee’s policies while on campus.
- Guests who violate this privilege may have their overnight guest privileges terminated.
- It is important to get approval from your roommate(s) before bringing over any guests.