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On-Campus Housing Frequently Asked Questions

What is my mailing address at NEC?

Mail and packages should be addressed as follows:

New England Conservatory
255 St. Botolph St – Room #
Boston, MA  02115-5018  

(by putting the full zipcode your package is more likely to arrive to the correct location in a timely fashion!)

How do I get my belongings to NEC?

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 14th.  You may pick up your packages move-in weekend at Collegiate Press which is located at 295 Huntington Ave. Suite 207 (across Huntington Ave. from the the Jordan Hall building). Collegiate Press will be open Saturday, August 26 @ 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, August 27 @ 9:00am-2:00pm. No need to worry about fitting everything into your car or bag! For more information, contact or 617-585-1195

Where can I pick up my mail?

Each resident is assigned their own mailbox. Upon check-in students will receive their mailbox 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 Jordan Hall building).

How do I check into my room?

The NEC Residence Hall opens for first-year residents on Saturday, August 26 with check-in periods on 8/26 and 8/27 between 9am-5pm. Come directly to 255 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115. 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 directed to a temporary drop-off area where staff will help you unload your belongings into large moving bins.

Returning students may check in beginning Saturday, September 2 at noon. Please check your official Housing Assignment email and Housing Contract for further details.

What is the occupancy of the Residence Hall?

The Residence Hall (aka ResHall) houses approximately 255 students and Residence Life staff members in doubles, singles, and suites. For sample floor plans and room layouts, please see this link.

What is the breakdown of the floors in the ResHall?

4th FloorAll male
5th FloorAll female
6th FloorAll male
7th FloorAll female
8th FloorAll male
9th FloorAll female
10th FloorCo-ed: single sex rooms and bathrooms

What size are the rooms?

Traditional Double Rooms are 18’ 4" X 12’. Single Rooms are 18’ X 8’. Suites layouts can be viewed here.

How does the meal plan work?

All residents are required to be on a meal plan. This plan consists of $1,150 a semester and works like a bank account. The Green Room Café 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.

What amenities does the building provide?

The Residence Hall is made up of 7 residential floors with a lounge on each floor. Each lounge contains a couch, chairs, coffee table, cable ready television, and a trash/recycling closet. The laundry room on the 4th floor is equipped with 8 washers and dryers that charge $3 per load and accepts quarters or Cold Cash. Residents must provide their own detergent and dryer sheets. There is a kitchen on the 4th 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.

Are there practice rooms in the Residence Hall?

Unfortunately not. However, practicing is permitted in student rooms between 10am-9pm on weekdays and 11am-9pm on weekends.

How does laundry work in the Residence Hall?

Energy-efficient washers and dryers are available on the 4th floor of the Residence Hall for residents' personal use only. Washing and drying costs $3.00 per load ($1.50 to wash and dry) 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.


Is there storage available for residents?

Unfortunately not. Students who have large instruments can apply for an on-campus locker if they need additional storage, however off-campus students are given priority for these spaces. Students can keep their belongings in their rooms over the winter and spring break but must move all of their belongings out for the summer. Local summer storage suggestions are UPS Drop-Off Storage (location on Huntington Ave. by Five Guys) or U-Haul Self Storage with nearby locations such as 844 Main St or 985 Mass Ave.

Is insurance for my room available?

There is no room insurance available through NEC. 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. If not, you can check out NSSIas a potential option.

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.

Is it possible to keep a car or bike at NEC?

There is no parking available through NEC. Long-term parking in nearby garages is extremely expensive; therefore we strongly encourage students keep their cars at home.

Bicycles may be locked up outside of the SLPC and Jordan Hall building at your own risk and must be registered through Building Operations. There is no covering in these areas so your bike will be exposed to the elements. Bicycles are not permitted in students' rooms, hallways, stairwells, or lounges due to fire safety standards. 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.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is not allowed in any NEC building, including the Residence Hall. Smoking is permitted outside of buildings only in designated smoking areas (25 feet from a building) located on the corners of Gainsborough St. & Huntington Ave. and Gainsborough St. & St. Botolph St.

How is the ResHall staffed?

The NEC Residence Life staff consists of one full-time Director, two Graduate Assistants, and seven Resident Assistants, who all live in the building. The Residence Hall Office (RHO), located in the lobby of the SLPC building is staffed by one Graduate Assistant and the Resident Assistants. Operating hours for the RHO will be posted within the first week of the academic year.

What is an RA?

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 events.

What is the best way to introduce myself to my roommate?

When you receive your room assignment in 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, tell them about who you are and what you do, where you come from, what you're most looking forward to this upcoming year, etc. You should also discuss who will bring what to campus (see the Packing List for more info) and general lifestyle decisions.

What is the visitation policy?

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 [3] consecutive nights. Residents may not exceed ten [10] 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.

What kind of security exists in the building?

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.

Is it possible to study in the ResHall?

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 Library is located within the SLPC building and is also a great place to study!

Do I need to leave during breaks or can I stay in my room?

The Residence Hall is open for the duration of the academic year. During winter break (12/21/17 - 1/13/18) 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 (by 5/21/18). Rooms must be left in the condition they were in at the beginning of the year.

Can I have a pet in my room?

All pets are prohibited, including fish.

What if I have more questions?

If you have questions, please contact the Residence Hall Office at or 617-585-1294.