For more than 25 years, the GSAS Student Center (formerly known as Dudley House), has offered social, intellectual, and recreational activities designed to help GSAS students make connections outside of the classroom, lab, or library. From its central location at Lehman Hall in Harvard Yard, the GSAS Student Center welcomes students from all GSAS departments and disciplines.

Student-Led Activities

Every year, GSAS Student Center Fellows (formerly known as Dudley Fellows) create a wide range of programs geared toward students' interests. Some of these programs take place at Lehman Hall, others take place in Boston or elsewhere in New England. All GSAS students and students living in the GSAS residence halls are welcome at events organized by the Fellows. Past events have included film series, wine tastings, drop-in meditation, days of service, ski trips, or bike trips. The GSAS Student Center is also home to a literary magazine and several musical performance groups. To explore the many sides of the GSAS Student Center, explore the list of program areas below.

Resources in the GSAS Student Center


  • Café Gato RojoA student-run coffee shop in Harvard Yard
  • Office of Student Services (Room B-2): Access valuable resources for resolving student concerns
  • Office of Residential Life (Room B-2): Explore your options for on- and off-campus housing
  • Computer Lab: Open to all GSAS students. You can request the door code from the staff in the B-2 administrative offices.


  • GSAS Commons: Open to the entire Harvard community at lunch, and open to GSAS students and residents for dinner
  • Fireside Room: A cozy space for events, and a quiet study space when not in use


  • Fellowships & Writing Center: Providing GSAS students with fellowship and writing support
  • Graduate Student Lounge: The GSAS Student Council holds open meetings in this space on a monthly basis
  • Common Room: A great space for social events or lectures. There is a piano available for students when the room is not in use. Contact the GSAS Student Center administrative office for details.


  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Library: A quiet place to study and read
  • Game Room: Ping pong, pool, and more ways to unwind! 
  • Administrative Offices: For questions, tickets, and friendly conversation
Welcome to GSAS Student Center Arts! This year we are offering virtual art classes, fashion design workshops, dance lessons, and special events! Check the calendar for upcoming events and please feel free to contact the Arts fellows. The 2020-21 Arts Fellows are Mina Gadalla , Vaishnavi Patil and...Read more
Get involved with GSAS Student Center Athletics! Join an intramural sports team (there are many), compete in special tournaments for Straus Cup glory, or come along on a fun sports-related outing. Past favorites include bike rides to Walden Pond, kayaking on the Charles River, and rock-climbing at...Read more
With the most attractive prices in Harvard Square, the student-run Café Gato Rojo is a magical place to imbibe the highest quality specialty coffee or tea, engage in witty palaver, catch some tunes, or read for hours. We proudly serve specialty coffee from Square One Coffee, an award-winning...Read more
Are you a foodie? Chef? Baker? Are you a nerd for all things food history, culture, and politics? Or do you just want to explore other cuisines? Join fellow GSAS students for fun with food. Classes, talks, pot-lucks, and more. The goal of the Food Literacy Program is to cultivate an understanding...Read more
Here at Harvard University and GSAS, we're all intellectual and cultural! However, your Intellectual and Cultural Fellows at the GSAS Student Center are here to provide you with additional activities to enrich your experience, and above all to provide you with forums in which you can continue to...Read more
Welcome to GSAS Student Center Literary! We run regular book clubs, creative writing workshops, film screenings, poetry and songwriting nights, as well as discussion groups, and study bootcamps. We also publish The Graduate Review , an annual journal featuring writing and artwork by GSAS...Read more
GSAS Student Center Orchestra Dedicated to the practice and performance of classical music at Harvard University and within the broader Cambridge community, the GSAS Symphony Orchestra @ the Student Center is the Symphony Orchestra of Harvard's Graduate School for Arts...Read more
Join us on outings with the GSAS Student Center! We explore Boston and the rest of New England in all seasons with events like hiking trips, ski trips, sports games, cultural events, and city tours, to name a few. The 2020-21 Outings Fellows are Sudarshana Chanda, Mona Dai and Shivam Rival. GSAS...Read more
Welcome to GSAS Student Center Public Service! If you would like to get involved in serving the greater GSAS student, Cambridge and Boston communities (and beyond), you've come to the right place! We are here to connect GSAS students with local organizations working for meaningful causes such as...Read more
Join us for our parties, happy hours, pub crawls, and other social events. At our parties 5,000 GSAS students meet for a good time! Contact your social fellows for more information and questions. The 2020-21 Social Fellows are Udodiri Okwandu, Suzanne Paszkowski , and Blaise Robert . GSAS Student...Read more