Housing Request & Deadlines

Housing eligibility requirements

  • Housing request: submit your housing request in online services beginning March 2.
  • Course registration: be registered in eligible course(s).
  • Full payment: submit full payment of tuition, room and board, and all other fees. See Tuition, Fees, and Payment.

Meet all requirements early, but no later than Monday, May 18.

On-campus housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who submit a request and meet all requirements. If you do not meet all requirements by May 18 (or before if all spaces are filled with eligible students before this date), you will not be eligible for housing and your request will be canceled by the Summer School.

Complete these requirements as soon as possible to ensure all materials are processed by May 18. The Summer School cannot predict when housing will fill.

You may check the status of your housing request in online services.

Switching housing sessions

The information in this section does not apply to high school students.

On-campus housing is available in three-week sessions and the seven-week session for college and adult students. You may request on-campus housing for the session(s) in which you are registering for a course. Please note, if you register for a course in both three-week sessions, you must request housing for both sessions.

If you have already requested housing and you add or drop a course that results in you attending a different session, the status of your housing request and your room assignment (if housing has already been assigned) will change, and your room and board charges may be affected. Please note, this applies if you switch between three-week sessions or switch between a three-week session and the seven-week session, or vice versa.

If you have questions about the impact that adding or dropping a course will have on your housing request, please contact our office prior to making course registration changes for assistance. You may check the status of your housing request and your balance information in online services.

Students with disabilities

To be considered for a specific housing accommodation, submit both a request for accommodation form and documentation of your disability to the disability services coordinator as early as possible, but no later than May 18. See Disability Services.

Room assignment and roommates

Housing will be assigned to eligible students who submit full payment of tuition, housing, and all other fees by the housing request deadline of May 18, or before that date if all the spaces are filled earlier. In the unlikely event that we fill housing overnight, priority will be given to those students who met all eligibility requirements earliest. Should this occur and we determine we must cancel your housing request, you will be notified via email within two business days and will receive a full refund of room and board charges.

On-campus residential buildings have various configurations. All buildings are coed. Most buildings have suites, typically featuring a common room, two to four bedrooms, and a shared bathroom. Other buildings have rooms off a hallway with a shared bath. Some bedrooms have bunk beds. All rooms and bathrooms are single sex. Learn more about the rooms. Please note building or room requests cannot be honored.

Your roommates may come from all over the world. Often, English-speaking students live with students whose native language is not English. Because getting to know new people is a valuable part of the Summer School experience, roommate requests cannot be honored. There is no housing for couples or families.

Immunization requirement

If you live on campus, you must comply with Massachusetts and Harvard University immunization requirements.

Housing cancellation and refunds

You may cancel your housing request (via online services) through Wednesday, June 24. After this date you must submit a signed course registration changes and Summer School housing cancellation form to the Housing Office. E-mail and telephone requests are not accepted. No other method of notification, including failure to move in or verbal notification, is accepted. If you drop or withdraw from all Summer School courses, you are no longer eligible for housing (see course changes and withdrawals).

Secondary School Program students: if you wish to cancel housing but remain enrolled in courses, you must submit a written cancellation request to the SSP Office for approval.

Refund deadlines

Room and board charges are refunded in full if you cancel your housing request by May 18. If you cancel housing after May 18, the amount of your refund depends on the session for which you requested housing and the date your cancellation is submitted online or received at the Summer School offices at 51 Brattle Street.

Refer to the applicable tab below, based on the session(s) for which you requested housing, to determine your refund information.

  • Seven-week session refund information
    Amount of refund Refund deadline
    Full room and board refund Monday, May 18
    Room and board refund less $1,160 cancellation fee Wednesday, June 24
    Prorated board refund only after Wednesday, June 24
  • Three-week session I refund information*
    Amount of refund Refund deadline
    Full room and board refund Monday, May 18
    Room and board refund less $580 cancellation fee Wednesday, June 24
    Prorated board refund only after Wednesday, June 24
  • Three-week session II refund information*
    Amount of refund Refund deadline
    Full room and board refund Monday, May 18
    Room and board refund less $580 cancellation fee Wednesday, July 15
    Prorated board refund only after Wednesday, July 15

*Students who request housing for both three-week sessions have the same cancellation fee amount and refund deadlines as students who request housing for the seven-week session.