Graduate students have many choices when it comes to living at or near Harvard. Here is a rundown of housing options and tips for finding a place to live off-campus.

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On-Campus Housing

Cambridge Campus

  • GSAS Residence Halls
    GSAS Office of Residential Life, B-2 Dudley House/Lehman Hall, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, 617-495-5060
    GSAS residence halls provide the opportunity to live and interact with other graduate students from different disciplines, backgrounds, and cultures. Located near Harvard Law School, GSAS residence halls have over 400 rooms available for graduate students. First-year graduate students are guaranteed housing if they apply by April 22 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Harvard Law School Housing
    3039 Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 617-495-1880, mhousing@law.harvard.edu
    If Harvard Law School (HLS) has rooms available in early August, GSAS students can apply to live in them. Check the Harvard Law School Housing website for availability.

Longwood Campus

  • Harvard Medical School—Vanderbilt Hall
    107 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, 617-432-1629
    Vanderbilt Hall is a residence hall is for students at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Division of Medical Sciences, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. E-mail the Vanderbilt Hall Housing Office for applications and room rates.
  • Harvard University Housing
    Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center, Room 807, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 617-496-7827, mailto:mhuhousing@harvard.edu
    Harvard University Housing (HUH) offers a broad range of housing and real estate services to the University’s graduate students, faculty, and employees. Their portfolio of approximately 3,000 units includes properties near the Cambridge, Allston, and Longwood campuses.

Learn More and Apply

  • If you are interested in living in Harvard University Housing, please visit the Harvard Housing website and click the “Apply” tab for information on eligibility, timing of the application process, and more.
  • Click the “Our Properties” tab to search the portfolio and find properties that meet your specific needs.
  • Living in HUH” describes special programming and other benefits of living in Harvard University Housing.

Note: While applications are accepted year-round, all valid and complete applications submitted between March 1, 2015, and 5:00 p.m. EDT May 1, 2015, will be randomly assigned to a View and Select Window and notified of those dates in early May. The bulk of units are leased through View and Select Windows. Learn more on the Harvard Housing website. Please be aware that an approved application does not guarantee housing.
All approved applicants can, at any time, search for a unit on the Currently Available list. Please be sure to check the lease/housing contract start date and end date as they are not negotiable.

Convenient Locations
Most HUH properties are located within a mile of Harvard Square: visit “Our Properties” to search for properties near each school. You can also search for properties that participate in the Graduate Commons Program, the Sustainable Community Program, and those that are pet-friendly or furnished. All Harvard University Housing properties are non-smoking.

Other Housing Options
At HUH, you can learn about private market housing options and link to a database of private market listings. Please note that this database is not screened by HUH.

Roommate Search
Harvard affiliates can visit HUH to search for a roommate. Please note that this database is not screened by HUH.

Off-Campus Apartment Tips
Some students choose to live off-campus in Cambridge, Boston, and the surrounding area. Here are some tips to remember when securing off-campus apartments/housing:

  • Read the lease agreement carefully and ask questions if anything is unclear.
  • Know what is expected of you in terms of pre-payments (first month’s rent, last month’s rent, security deposit) or a finder’s fee.
  • Calculate the anticipated costs of utilities (i.e., heat, electricity, Internet) when determining which apartments you can afford.
  • Check out the Massachusetts Consumer Guide to Tenant Rights and Responsibilities produced by the Massachusetts Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation.
  • Inquire about superintendent/landlord response to facility issues and emergencies.
  • Check the apartment to ensure that it is in acceptable condition.

Housing Options for Graduate Students