Housing for Secondary School Students

The cost of room and board for the Harvard Secondary School Program is $5,100. See Tuition and Financial Aid for more information.

You will live in a Harvard Yard or Union residence, where Harvard College freshmen live during the academic year, or in an upper-class House. Residences are divided into entryways: an entryway can be a building or a floor or a combination of floors. A proctor is in charge of each entryway. 

Resident staff advise and supervise students in the residences. Rising sophomores—who will graduate in 2016 and are typically younger than other SSP students—observe a curfew and are housed with a higher ratio of proctors to supervise and assist them.

On Opening Weekend, SSP students wait until all roommates arrive before determining who settles in which bedroom and sleeps in which bed. This is an excellent way to get to know your roommates and develop a way to resolve differences. If you and your roommates ever need help resolving a dispute, you should talk with your proctor.

Once admitted, complete these steps as soon as possible

  1. Accept your place in the program.
  2. Request housing if you have been admitted as a residential student. Housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The housing request period begins March 3.
  3. Register for your selected courses. Courses with limited enrollment fill quickly. SSP students living on campus must be enrolled in 8 credits.
  4. Pay in full. Your enrollment in the program is not complete until you have paid in full.

Complete these steps right away. We encourage early payment in full so that a place in the program will be held for you. If you have not completed these steps by Monday, May 19, you will be withdrawn from the program.

See the admitted students to-do list for a complete description of these next steps.

More information

See On-Campus Housing for more about living on campus, including information about moving in as well as what’s supplied in your room.

Commuting students

Commuters enjoy many of the benefits that students living on campus enjoy. Secondary School Students who live off campus must either live at home with a parent or guardian, or live near campus with a relative or other responsible adults, with the approval of the SSP office. See the SSP Off-Campus Living Approval Request Form.

Students who attend as commuters may enroll for either 4 or 8 undergraduate credits.