Beane House of Study Academic Development Intentional Community
About Beane House of Study
The Beane House of Study is located at 87 Strathmore Road in Brighton, MA, a short T-ride away from the School of Theology. The building is three floors, and each floor is a 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment. Floors two and three of the apartment building house the Beane House of Study students currently, a total of 10 spaces. In the 2015-16 school year all three floors will house Beane House of Study Students, for a total of 15 available rooms. The top floor of the Beane House is furnished, while the second floor is available to students bringing their own furniture. Both apartments are co-ed, with people of any gender sharing the space. In addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms, each apartment includes a large living room area with space for a dining room table, a well-appointed kitchen, and a small back porch. Rent for 2013-14 was $850/month, but has not yet been set for next year. Rent includes all utilities except telephone and cable/internet.
The Beane House is within easy walking distance to the Green B-Line subway (called the “T” in Boston), which is the T that stops directly in front of the School of Theology. The Beane House is also nearby bus lines that easily access Brighton, Brookline, Watertown, and Cambridge. Nearby the house itself are several restaurants, corner stores, and a library.
An Intentional Community About Academic Development
Students living at the Beane House are invited to live as an intentional community of scholars seeking mutual academic development. The residence is open to students from all degree programs, master’s- to doctoral-level, most of whom are seeking to one day complete a doctoral degree and teach. However, those who do not feel vocationally called to teach but have passion for the academic study of religion are also welcome.
The ten residents share a weekly meal in which they can discuss their academic work and build community with one another. Professors and special guests are often invited to explore issues of higher education and academic preparation. Occasionally Beane House opens its doors to the wider School of Theology community and hosts lecture nights on a topic of mutual interest to the residents. Quiet study hours are observed some nights, especially during midterms and finals. All residents covenant to participate fully in the life of the community and to pursue their academic work with rigor.