Located in the North Yard, the GSAS residence halls are Harvard’s most convenient and affordable graduate housing option. The halls are a brief walk to libraries, laboratories, and classrooms on the Cambridge campus and to Harvard Square. Free shuttle service is available to the Longwood Medical Area. The priority deadline to submit the online application for the 2021-2022 academic year is May 1, 2021. The application remains open after this priority deadline.
Academic year housing begins in late August and extends to the end of the academic year in May. The GSAS Residence Hall Handbook outlines the rules and regulations associated with living in our halls and details on how to apply, pricing information, and more. We encourage you to review the handbook in advance of applying. Policies are occasionally updated during the year based on changes in University policies or other circumstances, and we require all residents to follow our policies to ensure a safe and comfortable living environment. Residents will be notified of any changes. For information about life at Harvard and other GSAS policies, refer to GSAS Policies.
The Residence halls
The GSAS Office of Residential Life oversees four residence halls: Child, Conant, Perkins, and Richards, all of which are located in the North Yard of Harvard's Cambridge campus. Each building has unique qualities, and more information about each residence hall, including room floor plans, amenities, photos, etc., can be found at the bottom of this page.
Rooms are single occupancy only, except for six two-room suites available in Child Hall. The two-room suites in Child consist of two small connecting rooms. Students may live in suites alone or with a roommate. If two students share a suite, the room fee will be split equally among them. Couples may apply for housing in a two-room suite; however, both individuals must be full-time registered Harvard graduate students. All floors house male- and female-identified individuals, except for Child Basement (all male-identified individuals) and Child Fourth Floor (all female-identified individuals). Visitors of all genders are permitted to visit single-gender floors.
|Room Type||2021-2022 Cost|
|Child Hall||two-room suite||$11,914|
Each room contains a bed (extra-long twin), desk and chair, desk lamp, bookcase, bureau, and closet or wardrobe (these items cannot be removed from the rooms); pillows, linens, towels, and blankets are not provided. Rooms also include Ethernet jacks for wired access, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the halls. Residents can also rent fans, lamps, buy linens, sign up for laundry service, and more, through the student-run Harvard Student Agencies.
In Child, Conant, and Richards Halls, bathrooms are designated for single-gender use. In Perkins Hall, two bathrooms are designated for all-gender use, located on the second and third floors. For one term during the academic year, students in Conant Hall may need to use the bathroom on the floor above or below the floor on which they reside. Bathroom designations in Conant Hall will be reversed at the beginning of the spring term
Residents have access to a number of communal areas:
Life in the Residence Halls
All students must apply via the Residential Portal, using their HarvardKey and PIN. The application cannot be accessed without the HarvardKey and PIN. Incoming students will be able to set up their HarvardKey once they receive their Harvard University ID number, which is emailed in early April. Incoming students must also have accepted their offer of admission to access the application. Please note there may be a delay between when students claim their HarvardKey, and when they are able to access the application. To be included in the first lottery round for housing, complete applications must be received by the priority deadline (May 1, 2021). The application fee is $75, and is nonrefundable. Applicants are given the opportunity to select their top four preferences for building and room size, as well as preferences for a room on a single-gender floor, or close to an all-gender bathroom.
All correspondences regarding the application, assignment, and waiting list processes will be done via Harvard email. Our office is not responsible for missed deadlines caused by inattention to email.
Please note: Any student who knowingly falsifies an application will automatically lose a room assignment and may not be considered for an assignment in the future.
All full-time registered Harvard graduate students and incoming GSAS students are eligible to apply.
GSAS VISITING FELLOWS AND SPECIAL STUDENTS
Visiting fellows and special students are eligible to apply for housing in the GSAS residence halls. Housing applications can be submitted only after academic admission and receiving your Harvard University ID number, which may be after the priority deadline of May 1. No visiting fellow or special student is guaranteed housing in the GSAS residence halls for the 2021-2022 year. Visiting fellows and special students are responsible for finding their own housing, and we encourage them to explore all possible housing options, including the private market and apartments available through Harvard University Housing.
STUDENTS IN OTHER HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOLS
Students from other Schools – including HKS, GSD, and HGSE – are welcome to submit an application for 2021-2022 housing in the GSAS residence halls. However, due to remaining uncertainty regarding our housing density next year, we cannot guarantee rooms in our halls to students from other Schools. If we are unable to offer housing again this coming year to students from other Schools, those applicants will not be charged the $75 application fee. Once we know more about how many students we will be able to house, we will communicate this accordingly.
Students enrolled in Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education (Extension School) are not eligible to apply.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The residence halls can accommodate students with certain medical conditions and/or disabilities. Interested students should register with the FAS Accessible Education Office; students from other Schools must submit documentation to their School's disability coordinator.
The 2021-2022 contract runs from Friday, August 20, 2021, at 12:00 p.m., to Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. Residents who are receiving a degree at Commencement may remain in the halls until Friday, May 27, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. Our office reserves the right to move any resident to a different room for the interim period, if necessary.
Move-in hours for the 2021-2022 academic year will be set in summer 2021.
Please note: Sudden, unannounced arrivals occurring outside of move-in hours are subject to a fee.
Early arrivals are not permitted.
Billing & Payment
GSAS Residential Life does not collect payments for room or meal plan fees. These fees will be billed to residents' student accounts in two installments. The fall term room and meal fees will be billed by early August and the spring term room and meal fees will be billed in late November. Because the fall term is slightly longer than the spring term, the room and meal plan fees for the fall term are more than half the overall fees. Any questions regarding payment should be directed to Student Financial Services.
Important information for first-year GSAS students:
Fees for the GSAS residence halls and meal plan will be billed in August prior to registration, and due upon arrival. If you are a first-year GSAS student and cannot pay these charges in full before the registration deadline, please note that you will be cleared for registration by GSAS Financial Aid. More information about registration, stipends, and paying your GSAS room and meal plan fees is available at the Student Financial Services website.
Following the application deadline, the first round of room assignments will be conducted. Assignments are based on lottery number, room availability, and room preferences. Room offers will continue until all rooms have been assigned. Every effort is made to assign rooms in order of the preferences indicated on the housing application; however, it is not always possible to assign applicants their first or second choices. Room assignments and waitlist numbers will be sent out in early June. Students will be given a short period of time to accept or decline their room offer or position on the waiting list. Room assignments cannot be changed.
Due to social distancing measures in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, housing cannot be guaranteed for the 2021-2022 academic year. Incoming and returning GSAS students who apply by the priority deadline will be entered into a lottery, and assignments will be made based on lottery results. Priority will be given to incoming G1 and rising G2 students.
GSAS SPECIAL STUDENT AND VISITING FELLOWS
GSAS Special Students and Visiting Fellows who apply by the priority deadline will be entered into a lottery, and assignments will be made based on lottery results.
The GSAS Office of Residential Life manages the housing waiting list. Initial waiting list numbers are sent after the first round of the housing lottery. Late applicants will be added to the waiting list consecutively. Our office will send room offers out to students on the waiting list as we receive room cancellation notices. Waiting list numbers will be updated throughout the summer and fall, and students on the waiting list will be contacted periodically. Chances of receiving housing highly depend on the number of applicants who decline or cancel their room assignments. Each year is different, so it is not possible to predict the chances of receiving housing. Our office makes every effort to communicate as often as possible with students on the waiting list to provide updated information.
There is a short period during which students are permitted to cancel without penalty. After this period, students are charged a $150 cancellation fee and must pay room and meal plan fees until the vacancy is filled. More information about our cancellation policy is outlined in the room contract.
GSAS will offer housing in Conant, Perkins, and Richards for summer 2021. The priority deadline to submit the online application for summer 2021 is April 1, 2021. The process below outlines our summer 2021 housing assignment process, contract, and cancellation policy. Students graduating in May 2021 are not eligible. The meal plan is not associated with GSAS summer housing.
Summer housing is assigned on a lottery-based system. If demand exceeds the number of available rooms, students will be placed on a waiting list based on the results of the lottery.
Priority for summer housing is given to students who can commit to the entirety of the summer housing contract (Friday, May 28, 2021, to Friday, August 6, 2021)
Summer Housing Fees
Summer room fees are billed in two installments:
- A $150 non-refundable housing deposit is billed at the time of assignment.
- The remainder of the room fee is billed in early July.
The summer housing fees for 2021 are as follows:
- Conant small room: $2,236
- Conant large room: $2,790
- Perkins small room: $2,118
- Perkins large room: $2,628
- Richards small room: $1,946
Our assignment process assumes that all students who are assigned a room will accept. All cancellation requests must be made via email to the Office of Residential Life.
- Students who have been assigned a room and cancel on or before the date on their room offer contract will lose the $150 deposit fee.
- Students who cancel on or before Friday, May 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. will lose the $150 deposit fee and be charged a $150 cancellation fee.
- Students who cancel after the start of the contract (May 28, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.) must pay all room fees until the vacancy is filled, will lose the $150 deposit fee, and be charged a $150 cancellation fee.
Resident advisors (RAs) are 15 graduate students employed by the GSAS Office of Residential Life to fulfill various responsibilities in the GSAS residence halls. An RA lives on each floor of the residence halls.
- Act as liaisons with the GSAS Offices of Residential Life, Student Services, Student Affairs, and various other offices
- Help residents, particularly new residents, adjust to their environment at Harvard and in the residence halls
- Be available for urgent and non-urgent matters
- Manage and report emergency situations, such as illness, accidents within the premises of the residence halls, facilities problems, etc.
- Be visible and available to students both in the residence halls and at the GSAS Student Center
- Inform residents of housing policies, rules, and regulations; monitor compliance
- Receive information from residents and report needed repairs and facilities problems; monitor progress
- Staff at least two key distribution shifts during move-in weekend (August 21-23) and at other times as necessary
- Aid residents who are locked out of their rooms
- Be available to residents on Friday and/or Saturday night several nights each term during lock-out duty
- Attend monthly meetings and additional ones as necessary that are organized by GSAS Residential Life. RA meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. A second meeting is held occasionally. Class schedules and other commitments need to be arranged accordingly.
- Plan, organize, and hold social events every two-three weeks, at minimum, for the floor for which they are responsible
- Participate in events organized by GSAS Residential Life and Student Services, fellow RAs, Graduate Residence Hall Council, GSAS Student Council, and GSAS Student Center Fellows
- Organize and participate in activities/meetings as a RA liaison
- Pick up information and materials at the Office of Residential Life every Friday afternoon to be posted and/or distributed
- Submit paperwork, online forms, expense forms/receipts, and weekly report forms on time
RA applicants must be a Harvard full-time graduate degree candidate for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must also be in good academic standing and possess excellent interpersonal skills.
RAs must attend the meetings and events below. Confirm your availability on these dates before applying.
August 10 to September 3, 2021, and May 13 to 27, 2022
RAs must be in residence
August 11, 2021
RA Training Kickoff Dinner
August 12 to 18, 2021
August 20 to 22, 2021
January 10 to 21, 2022
January@GSAS. RAs are expected to remain in the residence halls for at least five days of the term.
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Resident Advisor Winter Retreat
Application and Selection Process
The 2021-2022 GSAS resident advisor application is now closed. Please contact the GSAS Office of Residential Life with any questions.
Duration and Benefits
RAs are selected for the academic year and may reapply for the following year as long as they continue to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at Harvard. Re-appointment is not guaranteed.
RAs in Child, Conant, and Richards Halls receive a free, small single room and 10 meals per week, Monday through Friday, at GSAS Student Center for the academic year. RAs in Perkins Hall, which houses a larger number of students per floor than the other residence halls, may choose either a small or large room. RAs are required to have a telephone with voicemail capacity. The Office of Residential Life provides free University and local calls, as well as voicemail service. Charges for all other calls are the responsibility of the RA.