Living on Campus
Of Berklee’s approximately 4,000 students, approximately 1,200 live in our residence halls. We seek to provide a safe, educational, and enjoyable living environment where students can learn and grow as they are exposed to a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and musical styles. Residents are encouraged to approach their living experience with an attitude of excitement and openness.
For many students, residence hall living is a first opportunity to develop the responsibility of independence and the art of compromise that is necessary in living with other people. The residence halls are a great home base for starting a career at Berklee, making friends, and establishing connections. Living in the residence halls provides the best access to all of the college’s facilities and programs.
The Berklee College of Music residence halls are located in Boston’s Back Bay/Fenway neighborhood, one of the most interesting and enjoyable sections of the city. Boston and Northeastern Universities, Boston Conservatory, Symphony Hall, Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boylston and Newbury street shopping areas, and many other cultural, educational, and entertainment centers are all within walking distance.
Subway (or, “the T”) stops are close by, as are bus lines. These public transportation options can take you to all parts of Boston and Cambridge, from the theater district to Harvard Square.
Our Residence Halls
The residence halls include two- and three-person rooms. Some rooms have their own bathrooms, but most residents share floor bathrooms. Every room has a bed, desk, chair, and dresser for each resident. Beds can be bunks, lofts, or individual beds depending on the size of the room. Mattresses are extra long twin size (36 inch by 80 inch). Rooms are carpeted and windows have shades. Rooms vary in size, but because we are a city campus, space is limited.
All rooms are wired to the college’s computer network (providing unlimited internet access) and the college telephone system (providing on-campus and local area calling). We do not have cable TV in the residence hall rooms. Each residence hall has practice rooms, a TV lounge, a laundry room, and vending machines. Recreation and lounge space varies from building to building.
Berklee has an excellent staff of professional employees (known as resident directors) and student employees (called resident assistants) who live in the residence halls and assist residents with questions and concerns. The resident assistants are chosen because they are successful Berklee students with an interest in, and skills with, helping other students.
The residence staff encourages and develops residence hall activities to introduce new residents to each other and to all that the Boston area has to offer. Activities in the residence halls range from the strictly social to programs that are intended to help residents with their educational goals.
Residence Hall Dining
Our residence hall meal plan is included as part of the housing package. All first-year residents (and most continuing residents) are on the standard meal plan, which provides 255 meals (plus ten guest meals) each term. Continuing residents living in two of our residence halls can opt for more limited meal plans at a lower cost. We are proud of the quality and variety of food offerings provided by our food service. Meals are served on an “all you care to eat” basis, with many options at every meal.