College Senior 2011-10-18T01:56:50Z
Apartment Parties & Shows – Most of Berklee's parties take place in apartments. The place ends up hot, overcrowded, and smelling of warm beer. Some people go to different parties every weekend, but it gets old very quickly.
Berklee does have lots of shows year round at several Berklee venues, which are often free for students or heavily discounted.
There are lots of bars and theaters in Boston.
College Senior 2011-10-18T01:51:19Z
Health & Safety:
Safe in the City – I always feel safe when I am in a Berklee building. There are security guards at all the doors, and computerized ID scanners. Being in a city was a worrying factor, but Berklee offers an protection escort service for students who need to go from one Berklee building to another and don't feel comfortable doing so on their own.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-14T01:31:13Z
Berklee Practice Rooms – As a flute player, I have limited options for where to practice on campus. There currently aren't nearly enough practice rooms for instrumentalists, and the ones that do exist aren't sound resistant. However, I've heard they are building more for next year... it's too bad I will already have graduated!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-14T01:29:18Z
Berklee's Music Therapy Program – Berklee's music therapy program is what drew me to the school, and honestly it's what has made me stay. The professors in my department are really top-notch teachers and clinicians. Most professors are currently working in the field or have retired from clinical practice to conduct research. The program offers a wide range of clinical experiences, including five field placements in which students go into the community and do music therapy with a group under a certified therapist. I can't wait to graduate!
College Junior 2011-10-04T20:55:36Z
I Need More Money to Complete My First Year – I love my school, and I need more money except the ways to get money from Berklee are very difficult. Because it's a private music conservatory it is very very hard to gain more financial help. I'm doing all I can in both the community and school to gain more money.
College Junior 2011-10-04T20:52:55Z
Berklee Has No Transportation – The fact Berklee doesn't give any transportation is kind of a problem, but very understandable since it's in the middle of the city and it would be very difficult.
College Junior 2011-10-04T20:52:50Z
The fact Berklee doesn't give any transportation is kind of a problem, but very understandable since it's in the middle of the city and it would be very difficult.
College Senior 2011-09-14T18:41:46Z
Anyone who has lived in New England will tell you what the weather is like. One minute it will be torrential rain, the next it's bright and sunny. The weather is completely unpredictable. Sometimes it will rain or snow for days on end. Sometimes, the sun will be out for weeks. It gets cold very quickly in Boston, and summertime is delayed as long as possible. I personally have lived in New England for most of my life so I'm completely used to this weather, but for the multitude of foreigners living here, this weather is not the best.
College Senior 2011-09-14T18:37:27Z
A Place for All Cultures – There are people from all lands in Berklee, not just from America. In any given class, you will have classmates from Colombia, Japan, Sweden, Russia, Poland, and any other foreign country one can think of. There is a huge amount of diversity, and a ton of different languages spoken. Berklee draws students from all over the world, and it is very clear by the amount of ESL tutors hired, and the attention paid by teachers to speak English as clearly as possible.
College Senior 2011-09-14T18:35:30Z
Boston Cuisine – There are an incredible amounts of options in Boston when you're hungry. If you're down on money, you can always grab some fast food at Wendy's or McDonalds, which is a 10 foot walk from most Berklee buildings. If you want to spend a little more money, there are incredible burgers at b.good, delicious Chinese food at Teriyaki House and Rice Bowl, and an endless amount of pizza restaurants, all within very short distance of campus. My favorite pizzerias are Little Steve's and Cappy's. If one walks further downtown towards the Prudential (a 10 minute walk, if that), there is a huge amount of restaurants ranging from affordable to bank breaking. Boston has all sorts of cuisine, and the dining options are incredible.
College Senior 2011-08-31T11:46:43Z
Its Fun for Me – I love the fact that berklee students are from different countries and personally i love to try new thing so i am enjoying it i have learned alot from students.
College Senior 2011-08-31T11:45:06Z
Health & Safety:
Its Safe – I have been at berklee for seven months and i have not experienced any unsafe scene.The security is great
College Senior 2011-08-31T11:24:24Z
Apartments Are Expensive – Boston is a place for schools and there are also lots of school around and i think that is why our apartments are so expensive.Its is easy to find apartment but its all about having the money to pay.
College Junior 2011-07-13T17:09:56Z
There Is a Drug Scene, but There Is No Pressure – Berklee has a no-drug policy, but the don't seem to enforce it very strongly. It is extremely easy to find drugs because a good portion of the school does them. However everybody is very accepting of others, and although you will find a ton of people who do drugs, none of them are going to pressure you. They will probably offer, but if you say no they will respect that. It seems that you fall into one of 4 groups. The drinkers who stick to alcohol, the druggies who stick to pot and other substances, the partiers who do both, or the straight edge's who don't do anything. However whatever you are you will have friends in all of the groups and everyone gets along great.
College Junior 2011-07-13T17:02:18Z
Not Great, but Looks Like It's Improving. There are only 3 dining options at Berklee. Archie's is a good place to go if you are in that building for a class, but you don't usually go out of your way to eat there. 939 Cafe is convenient and the food is good. And the Caf is ok in small doses, but its main entree's have a long way to go before I'd consider them "good". However breakfast at the Caf is a must, very delicious. I suggest not getting the full meal plan after your freshman year.
College Senior 2011-07-13T16:54:57Z
Don't Expect to Be Helped Too Much. Getting financial aid at Berklee is very tough, and a very uninvolved process for the most part. There really isn't a lot you can do to help your chances, short of practice your instrument a ton. The biggest scholarships are either skill- or need-based, so there isn't much you can do in the way of applying for them. Every so often, the school dishes out some aid to certain students, but there aren't really any patterns.
College Senior 2011-07-13T16:53:08Z
Live Downtown, Leave Your Dollars. Finding a place to live near Berklee isn't terribly hard - if you're willing to pay. Berklee is in a very high end neighborhood, and affordable places are few and far between. However, a few minutes ride away on the train or bus and you can find yourself in Allston, a much more reasonable area for a college student to live.
College Senior 2011-07-13T16:50:08Z
Better Bring Your Wallet. The cafeteria at Berklee is very average. A few decent options, but mostly the same things every day - very similar to a high school cafeteria. However, the school's location in the heart of Boston makes dining options off-campus very open. Unfortunately, the price you pay is almost not worth it if you have a meal plan, because you can get more than enough food at the cafeteria without overdrawing your meal plan.
College Senior 2011-07-13T16:38:25Z
Very Relaxed Environment. Generally, everyone on campus was very, very easy going. Unless something serious was committed - something that might interfere with not only the offender's education but also those surrounding him or her - punishments did not go much further than a slap on the wrist most of the time. All Berklee is really concerned about is the final product. How you get your work done, and what you do when you SHOULD be getting your work done are entirely your responsibility.
College Senior 2011-07-13T16:33:40Z
Apple-Exclusive Campus Is Infinitely Productive. At Berklee, all the students use Apple computers almost exclusively. Every student is required to have their own Macbook Pro, and specific music technology software. In the time I spent at Berklee, I never needed to use any of the computer labs - all of the equipment I ever needed at any point was provided to me, personally, by the college on my Macbook. However, I spent some time in the computer labs extracurricularly and there were some very exciting things going on - frequent seminars and very complex but easily accessible software.
College Senior 2011-07-13T16:28:45Z
Students Learn in a Very Hands-On Environment. I studied for a semester at Berklee as a guitar principle student, which essentially means I had yet to declare any major, so I studied my instrument. My playing improved tenfold in the short amount of time that I spent at Berklee, as did my knowledge of music theory. All of my professors were extremely helpful and genuinely interested in the success of their students. The atmosphere that Berklee creates is one of encouragement towards personal improvement. The entire process was also very enjoyable.
College Junior 2011-07-09T06:44:36Z
Everyone in Berklee has the access to use the many facilities of Berklee College of Music: the recording studios, practice rooms, music production and engineering rooms, the library, ensemble rooms, recital hall, performance center, and many more. Facilities are very modern and one of the best of its kind in the world. Those who major in Music Production & Engineering would sure be grateful to have this kind of opportunity.
College Junior 2011-07-09T06:41:29Z
Um... What? Berklee does have a few athletic teams. Pretty much, though, they're non-existant. Berklee's focus is on music and not athletic.
College Junior 2011-07-09T06:38:37Z
There's Nothing Like It – Unlike other universities/colleges, Berklee specializes in the field of music. And when an academic institution specializes in one field, so does its student body. Everyone in Berklee is united under one mutual interest: music. It's not unusual to see random people chatting together after they talk about their musical taste, as well as watching people starting a jam session outside the main building (150 Massachusetts Avenue) or the other housing (270 Commonwealth Avenue). When it comes to quality of life, most students are extremely happy to be here. They get what they wish for: to learn music from the very best.
Many artists come to Berklee each year to do clinic session as well as teaching a couple of classes. For example, during the summer John Mayer came to the Five-Week program and jammed with the Rock Workshop group. Andrew Bird and Paula Cole did clinic sessions, which were greeted by the participants of the program very warmly and cheerfully. The life in Berklee College of Music is full of opportunity to maximize the students' potential in studying contemporary music. When it comes to it, there's nothing like Berklee College of Music.
College Junior 2011-07-09T06:33:14Z
Not Too Great, Not Too Much – While the housing itself is average, the quantity of students the housing can hold is ridiculously low.The number, which is currently standing at around 800 people (or 20% of Berklee's student body), suggests that most students would have to get an off-campus housing sometime in their years of study in Berklee College of Music. In addition, the price tag is jaw-dropping-ly high, even compared to that of BU, BC, and Northeastern. Having on-campus housing, though, is a great advantage because you get additional facilities like laundry, practice rooms, etc.
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