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Meals, Housing and Wellness FAQ

Where do students with meal plans eat?

The Boston Conservatory has established a relationship with the Berklee College of Music to provide dining services for students in our High School and Collegiate Intensives. Enrollment in the meal plan provides breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays; brunch and dinner are served on weekends and holidays. Detailed information regarding fees associated with meal plans are posted on program-specific webpages.

Summer Hours for the Berklee Cafeteria are as follows:

Weekdays
Breakfast:  8 a.m.–10 a.m.
Lunch:  11:15 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dinner:  5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Weekends
Brunch:  11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dinner:  5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Click here for additional information on Berklee’s dining services. 

What are the dorms like?

On-campus housing at The Boston Conservatory consists of five historic brownstones on The Fenway in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. All of these buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The layout of each residence hall is different, each room is unique and the number of students housed in each hall ranges from 25–50. Participants in High School and Collegiate Intensives will be housed in rooms ranging from doubles to quints. Every room contains furniture for each resident, including an extra long twin bed, desk, chair and bureau. 

Is there a curfew?

Yes, all participants in High School and Collegiate Intensives, regardless of age, have a 10 p.m. curfew, Sunday–Thursday, and an 11 p.m. curfew Friday–Saturday. Observation of the curfew policy is mandatory; violation of the policy will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

When do students check into the dorm?

Each High School and Collegiate Intensive has a set check-in time, which will be communicated to enrolled students upon deposit. On move-in day, students will check in with the Extension Programs Coordinator and Residence Life Staff, at which time all enrolled students will receive ID cards for facilities access, as well as a room key for their assigned dorm room. The Boston Conservatory cannot provide housing prior to the published check-in date and time for each program.

Will parking space be available at school on move-in day?

There is no parking available on The Boston Conservatory campus. On move-in day, participants should expect to pull up to the curb in front of the dorm buildings to unload their belongings before moving their vehicle to a metered parking space or parking garage off campus.  Any unattended vehicles left on the Fenway are likely to be towed by state police. 

Can students leave on the weekends during their program?

All students staying in the dorm are required to participate in all scheduled activities, both on- and off-campus.  Most activities will take place on the weekend or on weekday evenings. Participants may request a curfew extension provided the Extension Programs Office receives 24-hour advanced written notice from a parent or legal guardian. Any student who is granted a curfew extension must be accompanied by a designated guardian while off-campus. Participants may request only two curfew extensions during any High School and Collegiate Intensive session.  

Are the dorms air conditioned?

No, the dorms are not air conditioned. As Boston is known to be very hot during the summer, we recommend that all participants plan to bring a fan for use in the dorms. There are a number of stores convenient to The Conservatory at which fans may be purchased on arrival.  

Is there laundry service in the residence halls?

Washers and dryers are available in each residence hall. Washers and dryers are operated by swipe-card, which may be obtained from the Residence Life staff after move-in. The cost for laundry is $2.00 per load; students may add funds to their swipe-cards using machines located in The Conservatory's Student Center, in the basement of 24 The Fenway. 

Are overnight guests allowed in the dorms?

Participants in High School and Collegiate Intensives may not host guests overnight in the dorms. No off-campus visitors, other than family members and commuting High School and Collegiate Intensive students, are allowed in the dorm. 

Are sheets and towels provided to students staying in the dorms?

No; sheets are towels are not provided. All students staying in the dorms should bring twin extra-long bedding, pillows, towels and any other linens they may require during their stay. 

How can students be reached while in the program?

High School and Collegiate Intensive participants should be contacted using their personal cell phones, if at all possible.  In the event of an emergency during business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Friday), parents and guardians may contact the Extension Programs Office at (617) 912–9203. After-hours emergencies should be reported to Campus Public Safety at (617) 912–9191. 

High School and Collegiate Intensive participants are welcome to receive mail during their stay at The Conservatory. All letters and packages should be addressed as follows:

(Student Name)

(Name of Intensive)

The Boston Conservatory

31 Hemenway Street

Boston, MA 02215 

Will my child be safe and secure on campus?

The Boston Conservatory was recently named the safest campus in Massachusetts. Access to Conservatory instructional facilities is limited to those who hold Conservatory-issued ID cards. The Conservatory's dormitories are subject to the same restricted access. Each dorm building is supervised by a member of the Conservatory's Residential Life staff. In addition, Campus Public Safety officers and a designated on-call staff member are available to Extension Programs students in the event of an emergency. 

Should students bring extra cash?

Meal plans and Extension Programs-sponsored activities are covered by meal and activity fees paid by the participants prior to arrival in Boston.  Students who choose to explore Boston on their own, who have a meal plan and decide to eat elsewhere, or who wish to purchase souvenirs (or any other item) during their stay in Boston should plan to bring extra cash.  Spending money should be provided at the discretion of the student's parent and/or guardian. 

Can participants request their roommates?

Yes; participants may request a roommate provided that the request is received in writing by the Extension Programs Office from the parent or guardian of each requesting party no later than June 1, 2015. 

Are the bathrooms in the dorms private or shared?

All bathrooms in the dorms are shared, either as suites or by floor.

What kinds of appliances can I bring for my dorm room?

We recommend that students do not bring any major appliances to their dorm rooms. The following equipment is not permitted in the residence halls under any circumstances: air conditioners, electric percolators, halogen lamps, candles, microwave ovens, electric frying pans, hot plates, immersion coils, sun lamps, toasters and toaster ovens, popcorn poppers, and other heating or cooking elements. A microwave is available for student use in the lobby of each residence hall. 

Health and Wellness

What kinds of health facilities are available?

There is no nurse on campus at The Boston Conservatory. Students on prescription medication are responsible for the administering of their own medication. Participants in High School and Collegiate Intensives will utilize local health care providers should they need medical attention. The following services are the most commonly utilized by Boston Conservatory students during the academic year. It is the participants’ responsibility to verify whether their insurance is accepted in this area. The participant will be responsible for any incurred health or insurance expenses.

Harvard Vanguard Pediatric Urgent Care (under 18)
Kenmore Square (617) 421–8888

Mass General Pediatric Urgent Care (under 18)
Fruit Street, Boston (617) 726–2728

Emergency Medical Care (under 18)
Local hospitals include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Are participants expected to sign a liability waiver?

Yes. Participation in the Extension Programs may involve some risk of personal injury or damage to The Boston Conservatory property. Therefore, participants assume all risks and will need to complete a liability waiver releasing The Boston Conservatory of all resulting liability for personal injury and property damage. Information about each student's medical insurance and emergency contact information must be provided prior to the start date of the program. Participants will need to make sure that their insurance is accepted in Boston. All students must bring a valid insurance card to campus and should carry it with them at all times. 

What if a student becomes ill or is injured?

If a student becomes ill, a 24-hour emergency contact person will be available to triage the situation, contact the student's designated emergency contact, and set up a medical appointment (if needed). Any student who is taken to see a doctor will be accompanied by a member of the Extension Programs or Residence Life Staff for the duration of the visit. Employees of The Boston Conservatory are not permitted to administer medication of any kind, including but not limited to over-the-counter pain relievers. 

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