Moving In and Out of Housing

When you move in and out of housing depends on the session in which you are registered. See the following chart to find the move-in and move-out dates that apply to you:

Session Move-in dates Move-out dates
Seven-week session Saturday, June 20, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, June 21, noon–4 pm
Saturday, August 8,
by noon
Three-week session I Saturday, June 20, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, June 21, noon–4 pm
Friday, July 10,
by noon
Three-week session II Sunday, July 12, noon–4pm Friday, July 31,
by noon

Tips for moving in

If you arrive in Cambridge before the move-in time for your session (as noted above), see the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.

If you are registered for the seven-week session or three-week session I, you are encouraged to arrive before 3 pm on June 20.

See the summer arrival guide for more information. 

Picking up your room key

Pick up your room key and check into your room before you complete all of your other Opening Weekend check-in activities. Be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport with you to Cambridge.

If you are living in one of the following Houses, pick up your key at the location listed below:

House Entry
Adams C-2
Cabot A-11
Pforzheimer House Office (Moors Hall)
Quincy 58 Plympton Street

If you are living in one of the buildings listed below, pick up your room key at Harvard Hall:

  • Canaday
  • Eliot House
  • Grays
  • Greenough
  • Hollis
  • Holworthy
  • Hurlbut
  • Stoughton
  • Straus
  • Thayer
  • Weld
  • Wigglesworth

Directions and parking

For driving directions to Harvard and the dormitories and Houses, see Campus Map and Directions. And for parking and shuttle information, see Parking and Transit.

Late arrival for students living in Summer School housing

College-age and older students who arrive in Cambridge on June 20 after 6 pm or after 4 pm on June 21, must seek other accommodations. See the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.

Secondary School Program students who arrive after 6 pm on June 20 or after 4 pm on June 21 should follow the instructions that are posted on the Secondary School Program’s FAQ page.

Student handbook

The Summer School Student Handbook is available in online services closer to the summer term; you will also be given a copy when you arrive. The handbook provides detailed information on the academic policies and rules of conduct that apply to resident and nonresident students. It also describes resources available at Harvard and in the greater-Boston area that will help make your summer a rewarding one.

You can currently read some of these policies and rules on Student Responsibilities and Regulations.

Tips for moving out

You should move out of your residence after you have taken your final exams. If you are registered for three-week session I and II, you do not move out between your sessions and should refer to the move-out schedule for three-week session II.

Residences must be vacated no later than noon on the move-out date listed above for your session. Student ID cards and access to the residences will expire at these times.

There are no exceptions to the times listed above, so plan your travel arrangements accordingly.