This page provides a number of different resources for Longy students. While Longy is a non-residential campus, our students are very involved in campus life, and the Student Services Office is always available to help!
Student Resources Page
Students often form groups and associations based on common interests. Active organizations will vary from year to year and new groups are welcome and encouraged. Existing student organizations include:
The Longy Student Association is a group of elected representatives from the student body who advance student ideas and concerns, host events and activities, and bring the student community closer together. All students are encouraged to provide feedback to the LSA.
Members are nominated and elected annually by the Longy conservatory student body. The LSA By-Laws are available from the Student Services Office.
The LSA Facebook page allows students to stay up to date on LSA and Longy events and participate in an open-ended discussion of life at Longy.LSA on Facebook
Contact: [email protected]
Longy also has these identity-based student-led organizations:
Black Student Union (BSU) serves as a place of fellowship for students and alumni, and it also regularly promotes and celebrates the accomplishments of Black creatives by curating events highlighting elements of the Black experience. Follow us on Instagram @longybsu.
LatinX Student Union (LSU) is made up of students from all cultures and backgrounds that want to experience and learn about Latin American culture. They celebrate its music, food, dance, history, and traditions through several activities during the school year.
Queer Student Union (QSU) promotes and celebrates LGBTQIA+ culture. It is a safe space for queer folks on campus. Follow us on Instagram @longyqsu.
Asian Student Alliance (ASA) promotes and celebrates the various Asian music, art and culture. It raises awareness towards the Asian race and diversity for students and alumni. Follow us on Instagram @longyasa or on Facebook at Longy Asian Student Alliance.
For more information on these student organizations, please contact Holly Dyer, Assistant Director of Student Services, at [email protected].
Longy is proud to offer the Mentor Collective Program, designed specifically to help our international students transition from acceptance to attendance.
What is Mentor Collective at Longy?
- Mentor Collective is a national online mentoring community
- Longy is one of many schools to partner with Mentor Collective to provide support within the community through mentorship
- Mentor Collective matches incoming Longy students with a trained mentor based on common interests, background and academics
- Mentors are highly qualified Longy upperclassmen and alumni
- If you have logistical questions at any point during your mentorship, feel free to email Becky Reuse at
What are the expectations for a Mentor Collective mentorship?
- MC mentorships involve meeting at least once per month, usually via video chat
- Longy.mentorcollective.org is the mentorship program’s online home base, where mentors and mentees can…
- Access discussion guides for each session
- Share insights on the mentee’s academic and individual concerns
What are other MC mentees saying about the experience?
- An expert friend before even arriving on campus: “It felt good to talk to someone and get to know the place that’ll be your home for the next 4 years!” – Aradhya
- Real-life examples of how to be successful at school and answers to important questions: “[My mentor] is the type of person that is easy to talk to. He answered all my questions with examples of his friends, which was a bonus for me.” – Bruno
- A role-model who really gets to know you and helps you reach your goals: “We talked quite a bit about who we are and what we hope to accomplish with our lives.” – Victoria
How can students get matched with a mentor and get started?
- Once you submit your deposit you will receive information from Longy about several important next steps, including directions to register for the mentor program
- Haven’t received this information or want to learn more? Contact or
Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, a Massachusetts-based specialist in student health insurance. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at three-quarter or full time are automatically enrolled in the school’s plan and are billed for this coverage with their tuition statement each year.
Qualifying part-time students enrolled at half time or less may elect to enroll in the school’s health insurance program for a slightly higher cost.
The waiver form is available starting in early June for Fall enrollment and early December for Spring enrollment. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 1 for the fall semester and January 31 for the spring semester.
If your current coverage is comparable to the Student Health Insurance Plan:
- Go to the Gallagher Student website.
- On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.
- Log in (if you haven’t already).
- Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button.
- Follow the instructions to complete the form.
- Print or write down your reference number. Receipt of this number only confirms submission, not acceptance, of your form.
If you believe you are enrolled in a health plan within the exceptions listed above, please contact Benjamin Nourse Gross in the Admissions Office at [email protected].
Health Insurance Card
While Health Insurance cards are delivered to the school and will be available for pickup during the first week of classes, digital cards are available for download via the BCBSMA app or website.
Follow the instructions below to print your Health Insurance ID card or verification letter.
Health insurance cards can also be viewed and accessed by the MyBlue Member app. You can download this app on your phone via the App Store or Google Play by searching for the name “MyBlue Member.”
You will need your BCBS ID number in order to access this app. You can get this number by doing the following:
- Go to www.gallagherstudent.com/Longy
- Under “My Account” click on “Account Home”
- Login to your account and write down your “Claims ID number” (this is your BCBS Member ID number)
*You do not need to your Social Security Number to create your account. Enter your BCBS Member ID number in the Social Security Number field.
If you are having difficulty logging in to www.gallagherstudent.com contact Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk
Customer Service (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-8pm): 1 (877) 307-3120
LiveChat (8:30am-5pm): www.gallagherstudent.com/Longy
More information on the BCBS card can be found HERE
Finding a Doctor
There are a variety of doctors available to Longy Students in the neighborhood surrounding a campus. A few examples are listed here. More providers can be located by logging in to your healthcare website and searching their database.
- You should select a doctor within your insurance network for the best coverage. You may incur additional charges if you select a care provider outside of your network.
- Most specialists require a referral from a primary care provider. Please contact your doctor’s office for further information.
- Most in-office appointments require a co-payment. Details should be listed on your insurance card.
Browse our list of Local Physical Health Professionals
The best way to avoid health problems is to take preventative measures. The following links offer advice for preventing the common cold, the flu, STDs, headaches, and injury.
Cold and Flu Prevention
- Make sure to get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are available at your local doctor’s office or at a local pharmacy, such as CVS.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose.
- Stay home if you are sick. Make sure to contact professors, teachers and ensemble coaches in advance if you will be absent.
- Tips for Flu Prevention
A high level of stress can cause headaches, high blood pressure and emotional distress. The following tips may help you lower stress levels.
- Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. Consider taking Yoga for Musicians or Performance Techniques as one of your elective courses.
- Get enough sleep. Most people need between 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
- More Tips on Stress & Headache Prevention
- Take a Mind/Body Class: Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Yoga for Musicians
- Discuss it with your teacher as soon as you notice signs of pain or discomfort.
- Take practice breaks.
What is Mental Health?
- Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (Source: the Center for Disease Control (CDC))
Why should you care about mental health?
- Mental health is health; it’s just as important as physical health
- Bad mental health can increase risk for certain diseases and negative health outcomes
- It can negatively impact your performance in school and work
- It can negatively impact your relationships with family and friends
- It is very common – 1 in 5 US adults (or 40 million people) have a mental illness (Source: the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI))
How Can You Improve Your Mental Health?
- Exercise & move your body
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Take breaks and time for yourself
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Open up to others about your hard time
Please note: If you think you may be suffering from a serious mental affliction, please see your Primary Care Physician right away. If you feel that you or someone you know is in emergency crisis – call 911 immediately.
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or need to talk to someone about mental or emotional distress, consider sessions with a therapist or counselor. There are several local professionals listed below that are covered by Longy’s student health plan.
July 16th National Hotline 988
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273- TALK (8255)
Text START to 741-741
Safe Alternatives Information line 800-366-8288 ( cutting)
Good Samaritans 877-870-4673
Boston Emer. Services Team 800-981-HELP (4357)
Beth Israel Deaconess Med Ctr 617-667-7000
Center for Violence Prevention& Recovery 617-667-8141
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) 617-492-RAPE (24 hour hotline)
Casa Myrna Vasquez inc (battered women) 617-992-2600
Fenway Victim Recovery (LBGTQ) 617-267-0900
Eva Center 617-779-2133 [email protected]
Referral to Tx. Center 800-622-HELP
Boston Chapter of AA 617-426-9444
Substance Abuse Hotline(LBGTQ) 800-821-4357
Mass. Eating Disorders Assoc. 617-558-1881
Renfrew Center 800-RENFREW
Monte Nido 888-228-1253
Within Health (virtual program) 800-468-4358
Partial Hospital Programs
Arbour Hospital Programs 833-2ARBOUR
McLean Hospital 617-855-2000
Bournewood Hospital 800-468-4358
Faulkner Hospital go to Faulkner PHP to fill out referral
Medication Management/ Neuropsych. Testing
Northeast Wellness (meds only) 617-848-4417 norrtheastwellness.org
Optimind Health 617-507-1472
Life Change Psychopharm 617-921-9770 out of network, no insurance
Commonwealth Psychology 617-830-1780 DT, 617-259-1895 Back Bay
Boston Psychological Testing 617-947-1544/ 800-259-2560 ext 3
Conway Psychiatry 508-406-7566
Community Mental Health
Riverside 781-329-0909/ [email protected]
Eliot 781-428-3800/ [email protected]
Boston Medical Center 617-414-4238/ bmc.org/psychiatry
Couples, Family Therapy
Hope Floats Wellness 781-585-4221/ hopefloatswellness.org
Grief Share griefshare.org
Trevor Project 866-488-7386
LBGT Nat’l Hotline 888-843-4564
Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860
PFlag (for Families) PFlag.org
MGH Transgender Hlth Prog 617-643-7210
Fenway Health Fenwayhealth.org
Transgender Medicine@ BMC 617-638-1833/ BMC.org/LBGTQIA+
CATCH Child/Adol Transgender clinic 617-414-4841
We understand that International Students face specific issues when attending school in another country. For more information, videos, and helpful tips for international students check out this International Student’s Emotional and Mental Health Awareness page.
Mental Health | META Teletherapy
META is a mental health and wellness app that provides accessible and affordable mental health support to individuals. The app offers a range of features and tools to support mental wellness, including:
- Mindfulness and meditation exercises to help reduce stress and anxiety
- Mood tracking to monitor changes in mood and identify patterns
- Journaling to reflect on thoughts and emotions
- Personalized recommendations based on user preferences and needs
- Teletherapy services to connect users with licensed therapists
To use META, simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play and create an account. Once you’ve signed up, you can start exploring the different features and tools available on the app. If you’re interested in teletherapy services, you can schedule an appointment with a licensed therapist directly through the app.
With META, you can take control of your mental health and wellness and get the support you need, whenever and wherever you need it.
In addition to the features and tools listed above, META also offers resources to help users cope with academic and financial stress, which can be significant sources of anxiety and stress for many individuals. Watch this helpful webinar of META professionals discussing stress and techniques to deal with it:
META’s teletherapy services can connect users with licensed therapists who specialize in working with individuals who are experiencing stress related to academic and financial concerns. These therapists can provide strategies and tools for managing stress, improving time management and productivity, and setting and achieving academic and career goals.
The app also offers personalized recommendations and resources tailored to the user’s specific concerns and needs. For example, if the user indicates that they are experiencing stress related to academic workload or financial concerns, the app may recommend specific exercises or activities designed to help manage stress and anxiety related to those areas.
Overall, META is a valuable resource for anyone and provides the tools and support needed to manage stress and improve overall well-being.
TalkCampus is an online community that provides a platform for people to connect and talk about mental health and emotional wellbeing. It is designed for individuals who may be experiencing emotional or psychological distress, as well as for those who want to offer support and advice to others.
The platform allows users to join various communities or groups based on their interests or mental health concerns. These groups are moderated by trained professionals who are there to provide guidance and support to users. Users can also participate in one-on-one chat sessions with trained counselors or therapists, either anonymously or using their real name.
TalkCampus is available on both desktop and mobile devices, making it accessible to users from anywhere in the world. It also offers a range of resources, including articles, videos, and tools to help users manage their mental health and wellbeing.
Overall, TalkCampus aims to provide a safe and supportive space for people to discuss mental health, share their experiences, and connect with others who may be going through similar challenges.
To get started, students can sign up for TalkCampus HERE and download the App.
Emergency Phone Numbers
|Cambridge Police Department
|Cambridge Fire Department
|Cambridge Hospital (CHA)
If you or someone you know experiences sexual harassment or unlawful misconduct, please follow the Campus Safety Support and Reporting Options document below. You can also refer to page 23 in the Student Handbook.
Opiate Drug Abuse
College aged students continue to be at risk for prescription and recreational drug abuse at alarming rates.
- Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that non-prescription opiate use among those ages 18-25 rose to 11.8% and we can estimate that this number has increased, following the national trend in more recent years.
- Opiate deaths are on the rise. In 2015 there were more than 52,000 opiate-related deaths in 2015. That is more than the total of deaths from car crashes (37,757) and death by gun (36,252).
Next to prevention, the best method in reducing student opiate deaths is knowing how to reverse an actual overdose once it has happened. Naloxone is a life-saving antidote that can save the life of someone overdosing on opiates.
Naloxone has been recommended by U.S. Surgeon General and can help save a life.
- This non-addictive, non-lethal medication can be administered by anyone and has the capacity to reverse an overdose within seconds.
- This drug has proven itself time and time again, even reversing 10,000 overdoses between 1996-2010.
SCHOOL YEAR HOURS
Buildings Are Accessible Only via ID Card
|Monday – Saturday
|8:00 am – 11:00 pm
|8:00 am – 10:00 pm
REY WALDSTEIN BUILDING
|Monday – Saturday
|8:00 am – 10:00 pm
|9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Please note the facilities crew will ask students to vacate classrooms and practice rooms one hour prior to closing time. Students are welcome to stay in the common areas (Bistro, Lounge, Library) during this time.
At Longy School of Music, we’re always here to help in any way we can. We understand the challenges of life can sometimes lead to dire situation requiring immediate access to funds otherwise unattainable.
For that reason, if a student at Longy is experiencing an emergency in which immediate funding is needed, we invite them to be in touch with the Student Services office immediately, and by submitting the following form along with supporting documentation.
At the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester, Longy School of Music launched a Community Food Pantry to help students who may be experiencing food insecurity. Located in the basement lobby of the Rey-Waldstein building, this food pantry is free for students to use, 7 days a week. Funded by an anonymous donor, we do our best to keep the shelves full week after week.
While the anonymous donor’s funds are incredibly helpful and appreciated, the inventory in the Food Pantry tends to deplete quite rapidly. In the spirit of community and supporting each other, if you are not experiencing food insecurity, please leave the food items for those in need.
Additional Food Resources
We recognize that the food pantry tends to deplete quite rapidly. If you are in need of additional resources, there are some other options in the Cambridge area:
East End House
- Hours: Tuesdays: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; Fridays: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
- Address: 105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
This food pantry provides canned and dry food, meats, dairy, and fresh produce to those in need. Members are allowed to visit the pantry twice a month. People who visit this food pantry are required to register in-person and provide 2 forms of identification. For more information, please visit their website.
Elnora Yard Food Pantry – St. Paul’s AME
- Hours: Wednesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Thursdays: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
- Address: 85 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
This food pantry provides a variety of fresh and canned produce to families and individuals in the Cambridge and Greater Boston area. To utilize this pantry, visitors are required to bring proof of residence, proof of household, and will complete a client intake form. This food pantry also features holiday programs, such as a Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. For general and contact information please visit their website.
Fair Foods Program
- Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays; times vary by location
- Address: Up to 20 locations in the Boston area
Fair Foods is a program that provides bags of over 12 pounds of fresh produce for $2. They have no eligibility requirements or ID checks. You can take as many bags as you need. They operate five days a week at various locations throughout Boston. Check their website for locations and times.
First Church in Cambridge Friday Café
- Hours: Fridays: 12:00PM – 3:00PM
- Address: 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
The Friday Café, a weekly daytime drop-in program, offers a welcoming space where homeless and housed adults can gather and get to know each other. Serving an average of 100 guests a week, it offers food and coffee, rest and resources to people living on the margins—but most importantly, community. At the Friday Café, people experiencing a wide variety of life circumstances can relax, share a meal, and talk together as friends. To learn more, please visit their website.
Margaret Fuller House
- Hours: Wednesdays: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM; Thursdays: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM; Fridays: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Address: 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
This food pantry provides a variety of fresh food to its patrons. Visitors must register for the pantry and provide proof of residence in the Cambridge and Greater Boston area. Patrons of this food pantry may receive food twice a month. For more information, please visit their website.
The City of Cambridge has also created a map of food pantries in the area.
Longy Roommate Board
We have a private Facebook group called the Longy Roommate Board that connects Longy students who want to live together. You can use this service to request a roommate or to contact students who have already posted requests. Join the group to start connecting with potential roommates
Partnership with East Coast Realty
Longy has partnered with East Coast Realty to provide a resource page for incoming students. Here you can search for an apartment, connect with a trusted realtor, and find a step-by-step guide to securing housing.
Reach out to Zishi Liu to begin the conversation!
While East Coast Realty and Longy School of Music of Bard College have partnered to provide this resource for prospective students, we have no formal financial or legal arrangement. You are not obligated to secure housing through this arrangement and should explore all available resources before signing a lease. Longy does not receive remuneration for housing arrangements secured through this partnership.
Often your apartment will only be set up for one provider of each type of utility, so be sure to check with your landlord as to which utility company you should use before contacting a company. Also, companies usually offer discounts for combined phone, cable, and internet services.
Costs can be included in your monthly rent or can be charged to your apartment every quarter. Heating costs during the winter months are naturally much higher than in other seasons, and are often separate from electricity charges. Be sure to ask what the average cost for heating is per quarter/month if applicable.
Most landlords require you to invest in an insurance policy that provides coverage for your personal property from loss due to theft, fire, or flooding. These policies are relatively inexpensive, especially considering how useful they can be in the event of a major misfortune. They also generally include protection from personal liability if a visitor is injured while in your apartment. It would also be a good idea to look into a policy that provides coverage for your instrument(s). Policies can be obtained through a private insurer or through the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriters Association (MPIUA), also known as FAIR Plan.
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Housing Rights & Responsibilities
Information on tenant rights, laws, and protection within the state of Massachusetts can be accessed here.
As a student, you need to consider the following when deciding to rent an apartment or room:
- Distance of the apartment from Longy
- Accessibility to public transportation
- Rent and other costs, such as security deposits and/or realtor fees
- Cost of utilities and whether heating is electric or gas (electric heat is far more expensive)
- Conditions of the lease that the landlord will require. These include time of payment, proper use of the apartment, maintenance and repair, subletting, and ending the lease
- Cost of furnishing the apartment in the way you prefer to live
Although it is possible to find apartments which are rented on a month-to-month basis, the vast majority of renters sign leases. The lease is a legal agreement between the tenant and the landlord that the tenant will stay in the apartment for a certain amount of time and pay the landlord a certain amount of money per month. It is meant to protect you as the renter as much as it is to protect the landlord, so make sure that everything that is agreed upon is in writing and that the landlord gives you a copy of the lease for your records. Also, be sure to read the lease thoroughly before signing it. If you would like to make any changes, discuss them with the landlord before you sign your name. The most common lease term is one year (12 months), not the 9-month academic year. If you rent an apartment in September and do not expect to stay in the apartment during the following summer, it is common for students to find people to sublet the apartment temporarily. Please keep in mind that when subletting your apartment to someone, you are responsible if that person does not pay the rent.
Follow these lease guidelines:
Read everything carefully.
- Be sure the form is complete before signing.
- If you have made special lease agreements with the landlord, make sure they have been added and are signed by both you and the landlord.
- Find out how the lease can be renewed when the term is finished.
- Keep a copy of the lease signed by you and the landlord.
Your lease should include:
- Beginning and ending dates of the contract
- Amount of the rent
- Security deposit cost and what it covers
- Furniture and appliances included with the apartment or house
- Procedures for subletting
- Party responsible for yard and shoveling of snow, trash removal, etc.
- Whether utilities are included in the rent
- Whether there is a parking space included
Common Lease Requirements:
- Amount of Rent – When you sign a lease you promise to pay the entire amount, not just the monthly amount. This means that if you leave the apartment before your lease expires, the landlord may require you, by law, to pay the rest of the rent due.
- Amount of Security Deposit – The landlord is required to pay you interest on this amount. You should ask the landlord what the interest rate is equal to.
- Rent Due Date – Rent is usually due on the first day of each month. If the rent is not paid on time, there is usually an extra charge you must pay.
- Length of Lease – Most leases are for one year. You may be able to sign shorter leases at some apartments, although the rent may be higher.
- Maintenance Requirements – You are expected to keep the apartment clean and free of excess garbage. If you break anything in the apartment, you are expected to pay to have it repaired. Normal wear is expected. However, grease on kitchen walls, for example, is not considered normal wear and a landlord may deduct from your security deposit to have the walls painted.
- Breaking the contract – If you leave the apartment before the end of the lease, you may still be required to pay the remaining months’ rent if you cannot find another renter.
- Subletting – With many apartments, you will not be allowed to rent the apartment to another person without the owner’s written permission. Be sure that you understand this if you think you may want to leave before your lease ends.
Rents usually do not include utilities. It is common for landlords to require you to pay the first month’s rent, the last month’s rent, and a security deposit, which is usually the equivalent of one month’s rent. Make sure you get a receipt for every payment made to the landlord. If there is no damage to the apartment while you are living there, the security deposit will be refunded to you when you move out. As a result, the initial costs of moving into an apartment are high but become more affordable after the initial deposit.
Beware of predatory landlords! See this resource for more information.
The Greater Boston Area offers many options for transportation and Cambridge has a walk score of 88!
Longy assists students with finding the most affordable means of getting around the city and offers several resources to members of the community.
The MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority), or the “T” for short, operates Boston area subways, commuter rail, trolleys, and buses. The MBTA website provides useful tools to map your location, create point-to-point directions, and view schedules and fares: www.mbta.com
Semester T Pass Program
The MBTA offers an 11% discount on monthly fares when students purchase a Semester T Pass through Longy. These passes can only be purchased twice a year prior to beginning of the semester. All students will be contacted via email when registration for MBTA passes opens in the fall and the spring.
Fall Semester Pass
4-month pass (September 1 through December 31)
Order Deadline: August 10
Spring Semester Pass
5-month pass (January 1 through May 31)
Order Deadline: December 12