New England Conservatory, located at 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, is one block from Symphony Hall at the corner of Gainsborough Street, convenient to public transportation. Streets in the neighborhood around NEC can be narrow and very busy, so please plan drop-offs accordingly and allow for additional time. Due to limited parking, we recommend using public transportation when possible.
NEC Prep classes, rehearsals, and concerts take place in the Jordan Hall building, the Student Life & Performance Center, the St. Botolph building, and the 33 Gainsborough building.
Parking in the city is never simple, and there is limited on-street parking near NEC. However, there are a number of parking garages near NEC, and Prep families and students can purchase discounted parking tickets to the Christian Science Center Garage through the Prep Office.
More about parking for Prep Families
Current Prep families have the option of discount parking by purchasing a ticket voucher through the Prep Office. The underground garage of the Christian Science Center (at the intersection of Massachusetts and Huntington Avenues, a short walk from NEC) offers discounted parking to Prep families and Continuing Education students on Saturdays and Sundays between 7:30 AM and 6:10 PM and on weekdays between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM. There are two kinds of discounted tickets:
- BLUE: Parking for up to 5 hours on weekday evenings between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM: $12 (or $110 for 10 tickets)
- YELLOW: Parking on Saturday or Sunday for any length of time between 7:30 AM and 6:10 PM: $15 (or $135 for 10 tickets)
Tickets are sold in the Prep/SCE Registration Office in SB 108-109. Cash or checks only. We are unable to accept credit cards for parking ticket purchases.
The garage is accessible from both Massachusetts Ave. and Huntington Ave. When you drive into the garage, take a white ticket from the machine at the entrance. When you pick up your car, feed the white ticket back into the machine, then feed Yellow or Blue “chaser ticket” purchased at NEC. Please note you can park in the garage first, and then come in to buy the Yellow or Blue tickets from us.
Other Parking Garages
10 Gainsborough Street
From Copley: West on Huntington Avenue. Cross Massachusetts Avenue, passing Symphony Hall on the right. Left at the first traffic light onto Gainsborough Street. Pass NEC on the right. Uptown Garage is the next building on the right.
Westland Avenue Garage
35 Westland Avenue
From Copley: West on Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take the first left onto Westland Avenue. Circular parking garage is on the right, above Whole Foods supermarket.
Very limited street parking is available on Gainsborough Street, St. Botolph Street, Huntington Avenue, and St. Stephen Street.
For more information on Boston parking laws and regulation, please visit www.boston.gov/departments/parking-clerk.
There are city-designated handicapped parking spaces near NEC. Because of the large number of music and theater presentations in the area, these spaces may not be available to NEC patrons. During construction projects, some of these spaces may move or become temporarily unavailable.
- Two spaces next to the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall building at 290 Huntington Avenue
- Two spaces on Huntington Avenue outside the Cohen entrance to Symphony Hall
- One space on St. Stephen Street next to the backstage entrance to Symphony Hall