Housing and Residential Life
The Residential and Housing Operations (Ops) team oversees housing agreements, room assignments, move-in/move-out, and all other functions pertaining to your student's housing and access needs.
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Every student has a resident assistant (RA) who is an undergraduate student who has received extensive training to assist in the transition to college life and to serve as a resource for residents. View a rundown of services managed by resident assistants.
Living Learning Communities
In partnership with the Liberal Arts Department and Academic Advising, we offer several Living Learning Communities (LLCs) centered around topical aspects of the first-year student curriculum. In addition to having an RA on-site, LLCs also have a Student Academic Mentor (SAM) that lives on the floor to serve as a cocurricular bridge between learning experiences in and out of the classroom.
Each of the five residential areas (150, 160, 270, 98, and Fenway) has a Hall Council, which is a board of elected students of that community that organizes on fun social events for their building and represents their fellow residents to the Residential Life Department. All residents are eligible to run for any of the positions and they are closely advised by a professional staff member and an RA.
A Point of Contact
The first point of contact for families regarding Residential Life concerns is the resident director (RD) of the student’s building for 150, 160, 270 or 98, or the associate director for buildings in the Fenway area. They can answer many of your questions about your student’s residential experience and can refer you to the appropriate offices for additional information.
Helping Your Student Get Connected
The main role of the RA is to serve as a resource and support person for their residents and they will be actively creating opportunities for students to get to know each other through planned social activities, excursions, and educational programs. However, the RA may not always know if a student is having a hard time socially. In those instances, we encourage you to let us know so that we can actively seek out students who need a little extra help to feel at home at Berklee.
Navigating Roommate Problems
When roommate issues arise some students choose to handle the conflict themselves and then reach out to the RA, resident director, or associate director if they need help. However, there are cases when roommates do not address the conflict and do not seek out help in addressing it. In these cases, it is imperative that you remind your student to notify a Residential Life staff member of the problem.
Safety and Security
The RAs serve in a duty rotation in each residence hall. Nightly rounds are conducted to ensure the safety and security of the building, documenting violations of the student code when necessary, but also serve as a community-building tool. In addition, there are three levels of professional staff members on call at all times to respond to elevated concerns within the community. Public Safety is also a great partner in helping maintain safe, secure, and respectful communities.
The Office of Student Activities oversees multiple areas of the student life experience, including off-campus/commuter student programs and services. Casey Mulcare, assistant director of commuter student engagement and a group of student employees work to provide these resources and activities. They can be reached via an email at email@example.com, a call to the front desk at 617-747-2560, or in person at 939 Boylston Street.