Housing & Dining
SMFA Residence Life
Living in SMFA housing is an integral part of being a student at SMFA. It provides the invaluable experience of living with a community of students who are dedicated to growing and evolving as students and artists. While you will benefit from the proximity to your classes and campus activities, the greatest benefit to living in SMFA housing is the close relationships that you will form with your peers. The people you live with will come from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and parts of the world. These differences provide a diverse community that will define your student experience and enhance your artistic growth.
The Residence Halls
SMFA housing consists of two historic brownstones—1025 Beacon and 1047 Beacon —located in close proximity to the Fenway campus. Each residence hall provides students with a quintessential college experience in two of the most desirable neighborhoods of Boston. The Beacon Houses are located in the Audubon Circle neighborhood of Brookline.
Each residence hall has a variety of room types and each student is provided with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site laundry services, community kitchen facilities, and a large community space.
The Residence Life Staff
Each residence hall has student staff that are responsible for the student leadership of each hall. 1047 Beacon has two First Year Assistants (FYAs) and 1025 Beacon has a Community Development Advisor (CDA) and a Graduate Resident Director (ARD). Their duties consist of extra-curricular programming, move-in and move-out facilitation, student counseling, policy enforcement, on-call availability, and assisting in health and safety inspections.
First Year Assistants and Community Development Advisors are hired through an extensive application process and are required to participate in a week- long training seminar that prepares them for serving in this leadership capacity. The Office of Residential Life and Learning coordinates all aspects of SMFA living in conjunction with SMFA Student Affairs.
Who lives in SMFA Residence Halls?
SMFA housing is required for all first time freshmen who are twenty and below and have not yet completed a full year at another college or university.
While housing is required for incoming freshmen, we do have additional housing for transfer and graduate students. This limited housing is based on availability and given on a first come first served basis.
After the first year at SMFA, during which housing is required, many students live off-campus in one of Boston's diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Our Office of Residential Life and Learning provides listings of available apartments, roommates, realtors and alternative accommodations; plus office resources to support your search, including telephones, Internet access and bulletin boards.
If you plan to live off-campus, you should start your housing search three to four months before the fall semester and two months before the spring semester.
Visit ProArts Connect's housing section for a bulletin board of available roommates and housing opportunities.
Special 2017-2018 Meal Plan
For the 2017-2018 academic school year, meal plans will be offered at Emmanuel College. For more information on meal plan options, email SMFA Student Affairs.
RHINO BUCKS/CAMPUS CASH PROGRAM
SMFA students are eligible to participate in our declining balance program (Rhino Bucks) students can use Rhino Bucks at more than 80 businesses in Boston that welcome Campus Cash. To add cash to your Rhino Bucks card, go to www.rhinocard.com. All businesses that welcome Campus Cash have a "Welcomed Sticker" in a visible location. Students can also reference the Campus Cash website for a list of businesses that welcome Campus Cash.