Emerson residence halls offer students the opportunity to live in the city of Boston and develop responsibility and independence through active participation in their living community.

Residency Requirement Policy

Please review our residency requirement policy and how it applies to new first-year students, transfers, and participants in our study-abroad programs.

Residence Halls

Our residence halls are conveniently located near all of the College’s academic and administrative buildings. The residence hall locations are:

  • Little Building, 80 Boylston Street, Boston 
  • Piano Row, 150 Boylston Street, Boston 
  • Colonial Building, 100 Boylston Street, Boston 
  • Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Boston 
  • 2 Boylston Place, Boston

The Little Building (80 Boylston Street) offers housing in single, double and triple occupancy rooms which are off hallway and share communal bathrooms. There are a very small number of suites in the building as well that have access to a private bathroom. Piano Row (150 Boylston Street) offers housing in four- and six-person suites. A café and convenience store are located in Piano Row. The Colonial Building (100 Boylston Street) offers students the opportunity to live in single or double rooms within suites. The campus mailroom is located in the basement of the Colonial. Students live in double rooms within four- and six-person suites in the Paramount Center (555 Washington Street). In addition to the residence hall, some of the features in the Paramount Center include a café, rehearsal and classrooms, the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, and the Bright Family Screening Room.

The College provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the College Dining Center for students living on and off campus. The meal plan is mandatory for all undergraduate students living in the residence halls.

All students living in the residence halls are required to sign a room and board contract for the full academic year. Students are obligated to fulfill their full-year commitment unless they graduate midyear.

Learning and Theme Communities and Special Interest

The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides specialized housing in learning and communities as well as within spaces where students can be housed within special interests. These communities offer students the opportunity to form and participate in residence hall learning groups organized around common academic and/or intellectual interests related to the College’s mission, or a specific area of growth and development. Choosing to be a part of any of the communities listed here involves a commitment to fellow students living within the cluster. They are assigned on a space-available basis. For more information about this specialty housing, including their locations, please visit the Specialty Communities page.