What is my mailing address at NEC?
How do I get my belongings to NEC?
Where can I pick up my mail?
How do I check into my room?
What is the occupancy of the Residence Hall?
What is the breakdown of the floors in the ResHall?
What size are the rooms?
How does the meal plan work?
What amenities does the building provide?
Are there practice rooms in the Residence Hall?
How does laundry work in the Residence Hall?
Is there storage available for residents?
Is insurance for my room available?
Is it possible to keep a car or bike at NEC?
Is smoking allowed?
How is the ResHall staffed?
What is an RA?
What is the best way to introduce myself to my roommate?
What is the visitation policy?
What kind of security exists in the building?
Is it possible to study in the residence hall?
Do I need to leave during breaks or can I stay in my room?
Can I have a pet in my room?
What if I have more questions?
Mail and packages should be addressed at follows:
New England Conservatory Residence Hall
33 Gainsborough Street Room #
Boston, MA 02115
Many students ship their belongings to NEC ahead of time. NEC’s Mail and Copy Center, Collegiate Press, can start to accept student packages beginning August 10th. You may pick up your packages move-in weekend at Collegiate Press which is located on the 2nd floor of 295 Huntington Ave (across Huntington Ave. from the Residence Hall and Jordan Hall buildings). Collegiate Press will be open Saturday, August 27 @ 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, August 28 @ 9:00am-2:00pm. No need to worry about fitting everything into your car or bag! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-585-1195.
Each resident is assigned their own mailbox. Upon check-in students will receive their mail box number and combination. Come to the Residence Hall Office (RHO) during office hours if you need help with your mailbox. Packages that don't fit in student mailboxes may be picked up at NEC's Mail and Copy Center, Collegiate Press, located on the 2nd floor of 295 Huntington Ave (across Huntington Ave. from the Residence Hall and Jordan Hall buildings).
The NEC Residence Hall opens for first-year residents on Saturday, August 27 at 9:00am. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our incredible staff of Resident Assistants, Graduate Assistants and Peer Advisor Leaders (PALs) who will issue your key, mailbox number & combination, direct you to your room, answer your questions and generally help you in any way they can. If you are driving you will be issued a parking pass which will give you free parking for a limited period of time.
Returning students may check in beginning Saturday, September 3 at noon. Please check your official Housing Assignment email and Housing Contract for further details.
The Residence Hall (aka ResHall) houses approximately 155 students and Residence Life staff members in doubles, singles, deluxe singles and graduate suites.
|2nd Floor||All male|
|3rd Floor||All male|
|4th Floor||Co-ed by room and shared co-ed bathroom|
|5th Floor||Co-ed by room and shared co-ed bathroom. Must be over 21 years of age by the move-in date.|
|6th Floor||All female|
|7th Floor||All female|
Traditional Double Rooms (and Deluxe Single Rooms) are 16’ X 11.25’. Single Rooms are 16’ X 8’. Graduate Suite Rooms vary in size and setup. You can view a sample room layout here.
All residents are required to be on a meal plan. This plan consists of $1,150 a semester and works like a bank account. Bistro 33 is the on-campus retail dining hall and is a la carte style. When making a purchase, money is automatically deducted from your card with a swipe at the register. If you do not use all of your funds prior to the end of fall semester, they will carry over to the spring; however, if you have money left at the conclusion of spring semester it will not carry over to the following year. If you run out of meal plan funds, you have the option of re-loading your card with Cold Cash. For more information about the meal plan and Dining Services, please click here.
The Residence Hall is made up of 7 residential floors with a lounge on each floor. Each lounge contains a couch, chairs, a coffee table, and a trash/recycling closet. On the 8th floor there is a lounge with a large flat screen TV, DVD player and ping pong table. The laundry room on the 8th floor is equipped with washers and dryers (see below or click here) that charge $1 per load and accepts quarters or Cold Cash. Residents must provide their own detergent and dryer sheets. There is a kitchen on the 8th floor with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, stove and vending machines. Residents must provide their own kitchen equipment, which must be stored in their own residence rooms, and are responsible for thoroughly cleaning up after themselves.
Yes, there are a limited number of practice rooms that are reserved only for residents in the basement of the Residence Hall. Practicing is not permitted in student rooms after 9pm or before 10am weekdays/11am weekends.
Energy-efficient, front-load washers and dryers facilities are available on the 8th floor of the Residence Hall for residents' personal use only. Washing and drying costs one dollar per load and may be purchased with quarters or with the student Penguin Pass by adding Cold Cash to the account. The conservatory is not responsible for the theft or destruction of personal items. For more information, click here.
During the academic year there is limited storage space available for personal possessions or large, bulky items. Priority will be given to International Students and students that live outside of the New England Area. An application for school year storage will be available within the first 2 weeks of the academic year. Personal belongings (including large instrument cases) may not be stored in common spaces such as lounges or hallways. Additionally, storage is not available on campus for excess Residence Hall furniture. Bed frames, desks, chairs, dressers, mattresses and other items may not be removed from rooms. They may not be placed in storage during the academic year or during the summer months and must be present in the room upon check-out; students will be charged the full replacement cost of any missing item(s).
When the Residence Hall is closed for the summer, storage is available only for students returning to the Residence Hall the following year. Summer storage applications will be available in late April, during the Returning Student Lottery process.
There is no room insurance available through NEC, and it is difficult to find insurers who will provide coverage to residence halls. Many apartment and homeowner policies extend coverage to children attending college, so you should investigate if your belongings are covered by a parent's policy.
You may also want to check with music stores in your area about insuring your instruments before you come to NEC. They may be able to refer you to companies in the area, which can provide coverage. Some NEC students have used Clarion Musical Instrument Insurance in the past.
There is no parking available through NEC. Long-term parking in nearby garages is extremely expensive; therefore we strongly discourage students keeping cars here.
Bicycles may be locked up in the courtyard of the Residence Hall at your own risk and must be registered in the Residence Hall Office. There is a ceiling covering this area, but it is still exposed to the elements. Bicycles are not permitted in students' rooms, hallways, stairwells, or lounges. Riding a bicycle in the city can be dangerous, so please be sure to always wear a helmet.
Fortunately, Boston is a walking city! Additionally the subway system (called the “T”) and buses will get you just about anywhere you’ll want to go in Boston. For more information about the MBTA, please visit this link.
Smoking is not allowed in any NEC building, including the Residence Hall. Smoking is permitted outside the building only in designated smoking areas (25 feet from the buildings) located on the corners of Gainsborough St. & Huntington Ave. and Gainsborough St. & St. Botolph St.
NEC Residence Life consists of one full-time Director, three Graduate Assistants, and six Resident Assistants, all of whom live in the building. The Residence Hall Office (RHO), located in the lobby of the Residence Hall, is staffed by the Graduate Assistants and Resident Assistants. Operating hours for the RHO will be posted within the first week of the academic year.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are full-time students and paraprofessional staff who work to create a community environment in the Residence Hall through personal interaction with their peers and by sponsoring creative programs to support the philosophy and objectives of Residence Life and New England Conservatory. Each RA is responsible for one floor in the ResHall, and the entire hall on duty nights. RAs enforce policy, problem solve, and plan social and educational programs and events.
When you receive your room assignment at the end of July you will also be given the e-mail address of your roommate (if this information has been provided to us for distribution). You are encouraged to contact your roommate prior to arriving on campus. You should discuss who will bring what to campus (see the Packing List for more info) and general lifestyle decisions.
Guests are allowed in the Residence Hall, but some guidelines apply. Hosts must report to Residence Hall Security to sign in a guest. Both the host and guest must leave their ID with Security. Guests must be accompanied by that resident while in the Residence Hall at all times. Residents may have overnight guests for a period of time not to exceed three  consecutive days. Residents may not exceed ten  overnight guests per month, which is considered co-habitation, and may result in the loss their guest privileges. Hosts are responsible for the conduct of their guests and for familiarizing their guests with pertinent NEC rules and regulations. Please reference the resident Housing Contract for more information.
The Residence Hall has a professional 24-hour security guard posted at the entrance of the building. To enter the building residents must show their student ID. All guests and visitors must show valid picture identification upon entering the building. The building is equipped with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and a fire alarm system.
Students can study in their rooms, as well as in lounges on each floor of the ResHall. Quiet Hours begin at 10:00 pm during the week and 11:00 pm on weekends. These sound ordinances create an environment that is conducive for studying and sleeping. NEC's Spaulding Library is located on the first floor of the Residence Hall. For library hours, please visit this link.
The Residence Hall is open for the duration of the academic year. During winter break (12/22/16 - 1/14/17) the Residence Hall is closed and residents may not stay in the building; however, residents may leave their belongings in their room. The Residence Hall remains open for all other scheduled holidays. At the end of the year residents check-out of their rooms and at this time all belongings must be removed. Rooms must be left in the condition they were in at the beginning of the year. Summer storage in the Residence Hall is available to students who will be returning to the ResHall the following academic year.
All pets are prohibited, including fish.
If you have questions, please contact the Residence Hall Office at email@example.com or 617-585-1294.