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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. Public transportation options around NEC include the Symphony stop (Green Line “E” train), the Massachusetts Avenue stop (Orange Line), or buses 1, 39, or CT1. Due to limited parking, we recommend using public transportation when possible. Streets in the neighborhood around NEC can be narrow and very busy, so please plan drop-offs accordingly and allow for additional time.

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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.

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If taking public transportation is not feasible, there are several public parking facilities in the area and limited on-street metered parking. Prep families and students can purchase discounted parking tickets to the Christian Science Center Garage through the Prep Office.

Discounted Parking

The underground garage of the Christian Science Plaza (at the intersection of Massachusetts and Huntington Avenues, a short walk from NEC) offers discounted parking to Prep families on Saturdays and Sundays for any length of time between 7:30 a.m. and 6:10 p.m.

Single tickets are $18, or a book of 10 tickets can be purchased for $175. These fees were in effect for the 2018-2019 school year and may change in 2019-2020. Tickets are sold in the Prep Office at 33 Gainsborough St. 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 the “chaser ticket” purchased at NEC. Please note you can park in the garage first, and then come in to the Prep Office to buy the tickets from us.

Other Parking Garages

Gainsborough Garage
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.

Metered Parking

Very limited street parking is available on Gainsborough Street, St. Botolph Street, Huntington Avenue, and St. Stephen Street.

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Handicapped Parking

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