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rooms and Room assignments

    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. Please note building or room requests cannot be honored.

    Housing will be assigned to eligible students who submit full payment of tuition, housing, and all other fees by the housing request deadline of Monday, May 15. If all spaces are filled before Monday, May 15 we will stop taking housing requests. Please note that housing is automatically assigned to Pre-College Program students who register and submit full payment of the program and all other fees by Monday, April 17.

    The Summer School reserves the right to make any changes in room assignments that it deems advisable.

    Students are assigned by program to the Houses and dormitories listed below:

    • Cabot House
    • Canaday Hall
    • Dunster House
    • Grays Hall
    • Greenough Hall
    • Holworthy Hall
    • Hurlbut Hall
    • Kirkland House
    • Lionel Hall
    • Mather House
    • Mower Hall
    • Pennypacker Hall
    • Pforzheimer House
    • Straus Hall
    • Wigglesworth Hall

    See Harvard University Campus Map and Moving In and Out of Housing for more information.


    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.

    In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Summer School does not release information about roommates.


    You are required to wait for the arrival of your roommate(s) before choosing a bed. This provides an early opportunity for you and your roommate(s) to establish a pattern of working together constructively. You and your roommate(s) should seek guidance from your proctor if you ever need help resolving a dispute of any kind. 

    What to Bring

    When planning what to bring with you, it is best to keep in mind that all dorm rooms are small, and you will not know in advance the configuration of your specific space or those with whom you will share it. In general, you should err on the side of bringing less. Chances are that if you wish you had brought something, either a roommate will have brought it, or you can purchase or rent what you need in or around Harvard Square. The following information should prove helpful to you as you prepare to reside on the Harvard University campus this summer.

    Residence Furnishings 

    Although you may share your room/suite with one, two, three, four, or five roommates, each student is provided with their own furniture. Please note that students are not permitted to remove any Harvard-owned furniture from their rooms. Everything you bring must be kept in your room or suite. Items left in the hallways, stairways, basements, or common areas are a fire and egress hazard, and will be removed and discarded. Rooms are not equipped with cable television service.

    You are allocated one each of the following items:

    • Extra-long twin-size bed and mattress (36” x 80” x 6”)
    • Pillow (Note: Pre-College students will not be provided pillows and must bring their own.)
    • Dresser
    • Bookcase
    • Desk
    • Chair
    • A box or ceiling fan per suite

    You are encouraged to bring the following items. (Some items are also available to rent. See HSA below):

    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Comforter/Blanket
    • Government-issued photo ID
    • Fans
    • Iron/Ironing board
    • Alarm clock
    • Clothes hangers
    • Laundry bag/basket and drying rack
    • Towels
    • Surge protector/Power strip
    • Laundry detergent
    • Linens
      • Flat sheet: 66" x 102" or 167 cm x 259 cm
      • Fitted sheet: 39" x 80" or 99 cm x 203 cm
    • Dryer sheets
    • Shower shoes
    • Mattress pad/Topper
    • Shower caddy
    • Computer/Laptop
    • Toiletries
    • Umbrella
    • Raincoat
    • Light jacket
    • Calendar/Organizer
    • School supplies
    • Desk lamp
    • Wastebaskets
    • Earplugs/Headphones
    • Small appliances (electric voltage no more than 100-V, 60 cycles)
    • Cell phone or calling card to make local and long distance calls

    What Not to Bring

    Several items are prohibited inside the dormitories and MUST be left at home, including:

    • Pets of any kind (unless approved by the Accessibility Services Office)
    • Air conditioning*
    • Candles of any kind
    • Weapons of any kind
    • Fire arms
    • Explosives of any kind
    • Drones
    • Space heaters
    • Hooverboards, self-balancing boards, two-wheeled segways, and similar devices
    • Cooking appliances, such as:
      • Hot plate
      • Hot pot
      • Boiler/Toaster oven
      • Sandwich maker
      • Toasters
      • Coffee/Tea kettles
      • Cleaners containing ammonia or chlorine
      • Popcorn popper
      • Rice cooker
      • Grilling machine
    • Various prohibited lamps, including:
      • Oil burning lamps
      • Halogen lamps
      • Lava lamps
    • Microwave or refrigerator
      • Note: Students in the General and Secondary School Programs may rent microfridges from Harvard Student Agencies (HSA).

    *Air Conditioning

    Residences are not air conditioned, and portable air conditioners are not allowed on campus. However, air conditioners will be installed for students approved for accommodations for a documented disability that requires air conditioning. The request for accommodation form and current supporting documentation of your disability must be submitted as early as possible, and no later than Monday, April 17 for Pre-College Program students and Monday, May 15 for all other students. Please contact the Accessibility Services Office at (617) 998-9640 for more information.

    What You May Rent, Purchase, or Use on Campus:

    • Fans
    • Laundry machines located in many dorms and in the Houses
    • Bed linens (see HSA below)
    • Laundry services (see HSA below)


    Services for General Program and Secondary School Program students

    Harvard Student Agencies (HSA) provides many services to summer school students, including linen rentals, laundry cleaning and delivery services, refrigerator/microwave combinations, water delivery services, safes, and fans. Please visit the HSA website for a complete list of products and services.

    HSA recommends you place orders early, as items sell out quickly. For products with in-room delivery, early orders are guaranteed to be in your room upon arrival. HSA Representatives are available during Opening Weekend to accept orders as well. You may place orders through the HSA website or in the HSA Office located at 69 Mt Auburn St.

    HSA notifies you if more than one of the same items are ordered for your room or suite. If you decide to share appliances with your roommates upon arrival, you may contact HSA to cancel your order.

    Services for Pre-College Program students

    Harvard Student Agencies also provides many services to Pre-College Program students, including linen rentals, pillows, and laundry cleaning and delivery services. Please visit the HSA website for a complete list of products and services.

    HSA recommends you place orders early, as items sell out quickly. Representatives are available during residence hall check-in to accept orders as well. You may place orders through the HSA website or at the HSA office at 69 Mt Auburn St.

    HSA is an independent student contractor, and payment or cancellations must be made directly to that office. If you have any questions about items available for rent, email summer@hsa.net, call (617) 496-3412, or visit the HSA website.

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