Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
Each residence hall is different, and the rooms in each residence hall come in many shapes and sizes. Students are assigned to rooms that house from two to five residents in total, based on the general size of the room. All students pay the same housing fee regardless of the number of roommates.
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
The following items are prohibited in the residence halls:
- Water guns
- Toy guns
- Water balloons
- Bicycles (indoors)
- Non-Berklee furniture
- Air conditioner units
- Candles, incense, or any open flames
- Electric blankets
- Hibachi/BBQ grills
- Hot plates
- Toaster ovens
- Traditional coffee makers
- Water heaters with an exposed heating element
- Rice cookers
- Wireless hubs
- Sun lamps
- Extension cords
- Halogen lamps
- Portable heaters
- Holiday lights
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.
Visit our Move-In, Move-Out, and Break Information page for important dates and procedures.
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 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 Disability Services to put your accomodation on file. The process for approved medical housing accomodations is different from the general room change process.
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.
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.
In order to receive mail, you will need to use the address below. Packages addressed to your residence hall will be returned to sender.
All envelopes and packages should be picked up from the Mail Center, located in 1108 Boylston Street. You will receive email notifications for any packages you receive, but not for envelopes.
Please note that we cannot accept any packages at the front desks of residence halls under any circumstances.[Your Name] Resident, [Residence Hall Name] 168 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02115
To ensure an environment that is condusive to sleeping and studying, residents are not permitted to practice their instruments in their rooms. Each residential area offers practice rooms that are accessible to students 24/7.
Each residence hall has washers and dryers for residents to use. The machines may be operated using quarters or your Berklee ID, which you can load money onto using the One Card website.
Students living in the Fenway buildings cannot use their Berklee ID for laundry, but they will receive a special laundry card during their first week on campus that they can use.
150 Massachusetts Avenue and 160 Massachusetts Avenue 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.
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.
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.
160 Massachusetts Avenue and 270 Commonwealth Avenue 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.
There is a TV lounge in each residential area with cable TV, but we do not currently offer cable in residence hall rooms.
98 Hemenway Street and 270 Commonwealth Avenue are both home to community kitchens that are available for residents to use.
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.
Our residence halls are not divided by gender. In buildings where multiple rooms share a bathroom, there are designated men’s, women’s, and gender-inclusive restrooms available for residents to use.
Some students will be assigned to an economy room. These are rooms that are larger than a typical double or triple room, and have been converted into triples or quads. Students assigned to these rooms will be issued a credit towards their Berklee account at the end of the semester based on the number of weeks they are in that room.
Single rooms are reserved for medical accommodations. If you believe you require a single room due to a medical accommodation, visit the Disability Services page to request a housing accommodation.
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 your options on campus.
Alert a staff member immediately, and they will put in a work order for you.
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 the scenic, historic Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. 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.
Safety and security are among our top priorities. All of our residence halls have complete fire detection and fire sprinkler systems. Each building 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.
If you lose your key, you will need to go to the housing office on the third floor of 150 Massachusetts Avenue to replace it for $25.
If you are locked out from Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., you will need to go to the housing office on the third floor of 150 Massachusetts Avenue to borrow a loaner key. If you are locked out when the resident assistant office in your building is open, the resident assistant on duty can loan you a key. If you are locked out outside of housing office and resident assistant office hours, you can contact Public Safety.
In order to have a guest visit you, you must fill out a Residence Hall Guest Pass.
All guests must be over 17 years old and must have a government-issued picture ID. Each student can sign in up to two guests at the same time, and students must remain with their guests at all times.
Students may have an overnight guest no more than three consecutive nights, and no more than 10 calendar days in a month.