NEC Student Connect

Your source for virtual engagement within our community and beyond. Check here for online events, wellness tips, and other ways to stay healthy, entertained, and connected to your fellow students.


Confronting Racial Injustice, resources, & Practicing Self-Care

The senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd and others before them did not have to happen. The Office of Student Services is committed to partnering with others, both inside and outside the Conservatory, to dismantle systemic racism. We hear and support the demands for leadership and accountability. We also hear the questions about what each of us can do while we work on longer-term efforts. As a start, consider the following actions: 

  • Listen: Listen to members of our Black communities and communities of color who continue to experience the effects of oppression and systemic racism. Silence the tape of assumptions and biases that is playing in your head so that you can hear and learn from the experiences of others. 
  • Learn: Learn about racism and its pervasive and harmful impact on Black communities and communities of color. Learn from others about how you can facilitate change in dismantling systemic racism. 
  • Support: Support our Black communities and communities of color by being active and engaging. Donate. Volunteer. Create intentional spaces to process anger, sadness, and grief.
  • Advocate: Make your voice heard. Get involved in efforts to create change within and beyond. Systemic change cannot happen without direct action and advocacy. 

As we navigate through uncertain times, it's more important than ever to focus on our own well-being. Take time to take care of yourself. Practice self-care. We've assembled virtual well-being tips and information, so that no matter where you are in the world, you have the resources you need right at your fingertips.

Resources for healing from racialized trauma

In-person and teleatherapy appointments

Virtual resources and Self-Care Podcasts

Opportunities for furthering the conversation

Articles, books, and additional resources:


Summer Programs

Musical exploration, intellectual rigor, unbounded creativity, caring community: these attributes of the NEC community are alive and well, even while we are geographically separate!

This summer, our community connects through new online programming as we invest in keeping well, reaching out, making art, and supporting each other during these challenging times.

In addition to current and incoming students, most programs are also open to May 2020 graduates. All of these programs are free of charge.

  • Alexander Technique Introduction Classes | Jun 3 – 24; Jul 8 – 29
  • Audio Workshop 1 - Basics | Jun 16 – Jul 7; Jul 15 – Aug 14
  • Audio Workshop 2 - Creative Techniques | Jun 18 – Aug 6
  • Virtual Bassoon Class: Weekly Sessions with NEC Faculty  | Jul 1 – Aug 4
  • Music Career Bootcamp with EM | Jun 10 – 12
  • Music in the Social Distance: A COVID-19 Response Laboratory | Jun 15 – 26

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:

Residence Life

Hi, Penguins! NEC Student Connect will be going into “Summer mode!" To help us plan some great events for the summer months, we want to hear from YOU! Yes, you! Visit our quick survey to share with us your ideas! The survey will be open all summer long, so feel free to share as much as you would like!

Throughout the summer, we will have members of the Resident Assistant (RA) team, the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the Peer Advisor Leaders (PALs), and other student leaders and groups host various virtual conversations and events to help keep you connected and engaged! You’re all welcomed to host a virtual event or two, as well! No stress, because we’ll show you how!

If there are any questions, please contact the Director of Housing and Residence Life, Steven C. Sweat, M.Ed.

Follow our Instagram page @NECStudentConnect for highlights and updates, too!

All Things Wellness

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During times of stress and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to give our bodies the essential things it needs to feel good — both mentally and physically. Sleep, exercise, and nutrition all play integral roles in helping our immune systems to function at their best and in helping our bodies and minds stay well. Here are some links to a variety of websites and apps that provide essential information and services for overall health and wellness.

Exercise and Meditation

Exercise is an excellent form of stress release that also helps with physical well-being and sleep. Check out links below for online gym classes, yoga YouTube channels and apps!


  • The YMCA also offers a range of free classes including yoga, bootcamp, barre and Tai Chi on their website


  • OrangeTheory has videos for total endurance, strength training, and much more.
  • PlanetFitness has daily workouts for free!


  • Our own DanceComplex in Cambridge hosts virtual dance classes and meetings. Check out their lives on Instagram and their weekly schedule.
  • The Alvin Ailey Dance Extension school posts free dance classes on website, Instagram, and Youtube.

Yoga and Meditation

  • Boston Yoga Online hosts many free courses with a variety of teachers. Some may ask for a donation or payment. Just check the links!
  • South Boston Yoga has online videos ranging from beginner to advanced.
  • Yoga with Adriene is a great YouTube source for free, all-level videos.
  • SarahBethYoga is a very detailed, all-level YouTube channel for your at home needs.
  • Yoga with Kassandra is a nice resource for quick yoga sessions.
  • Check out the following apps for meditation practices. These can be accessed on your laptop or phone. Some apps may need payments. YouTube has many great meditation music channels and guided practices!


Making sure your diet includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats and lots and lots of water will help you feel good, reduce anxiety, and boost your immune system. See these links for information and recipes: 


Good, quality sleep is also vital to physical and mental health as well as optimal immune system functioning. See these links for tips for better sleep.

Local Happenings

Boston Skyline

Check out events happening in our local community — including comedy, art, trivia, and more.


Cultural Offerings from Around the World


Check out virtual cultural offerings that give you access to world-class performances and artists, museum tours—even livestreams of the natural world.


College Student Benefits

Below are a variety of benefits that College students at NEC can take advantage of throughout the year. (Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some of the following benefits may be modified until further notice.)

Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) College Card

The BSO College Card is offered free to all current NEC College Students. BSO College Cards are not available at this time. Please check back in the Fall academic semester, after the BSO reopens to patrons, for pickup procedures.


T Passes

Semester Pass Program: Students can purchase an unlimited-use LinkPass or Commuter Rail Pass for the entire semester through NEC and receive an 11% discount off the regular monthly rate. Passes are ordered through the Business Office and are available for pickup at the SHAC. Orders for spring T Passes have been placed.

Tufts–NEC Shuttle

Shuttle service is available 8 times daily to and from Tufts University during the academic year. 

COVID-19 Notice: Shuttle service is currently suspended.


Membership is open to everyone within the NEC community who is 21 or older for an annual fee of $25 with no application fee. Register with your NEC e-mail address to receive the discounted rate. For more information, go to

Health and Wellness


The YMCA is our next-door neighbor, and offers a variety of health and wellness benefits. Our partnership allows for students to get a for $44 monthly with the joiner's fee waived. If you are using the discounted membership, it will end with the conclusion of the academic year in May.

COVID-19 Notice: Please visit the YMCA website for any changes to membership and for virtual classes.

Marino Center

Northeastern University's Marino Center memberships are available to all NEC students for the rate of $360 per the two semester. 

COVID-19 Notice: The Marino is currently closed. Please check back in the fall for information on memberships.




Local Museums

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

ISGM General Admission: Admission is FREE with a valid NEC student ID!

Museum of Fine Arts

MFA General Admission: NEC students gain free admission to the MFA by showing their current student ID. 
MFA Special Exhibitions: With a valid NEC student ID and Blumenthal Library admission pass, $6 tickets for special exhibitions are available Monday through Friday, from noon to close. These tickets are same-day only and are subject to availability. Go to the Blumenthal Library to check out an admission pass. All admission passes may be borrowed for 24 hours; they may not be reserved in advance.

COVID-19 Notice: Please note that museums are closed due to current restrictions.