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FAQ

How do I apply for on campus housing?
Can I live in HLS Housing if I am a visiting researcher/scholar/fellow or a student at one of the other schools at Harvard University?
What type of housing is best for me?
What are the dates of residency for on campus housing?
What are the different types of dorms on campus?
What do the dorms look like?
What is the difference between the HLS dorms and the HLS apartments?
How much does on campus housing cost?
Are bills included in the price of on campus housing?
Is there a security deposit required to live on campus?
Are the dorms furnished?
How likely is it that I will receive on campus housing?
How does the lottery process work?
How do I cancel my on campus housing?
How do I change my dorm room for a different HLS dorm room?
Can I live on campus during the summer?
When is move in and what info will I need?
When is move out and what info will I need?
Can I live on campus if I only need accommodations for part of the year?
Can I get a later move out date if I am participating in the law review writing process?
How do I become a Resident Assistant?
What is the difference between Harvard University Housing and HLS on campus housing?
What percentages of students live on campus versus off campus?
What are the most popular places to live off campus?
How much does it cost to live off campus?
How and when should I look for off campus housing?
How do I request disability-related housing accommodations?
Should I bring a car with me?

  • How do I apply for on campus housing?
    The first step in procuring on campus housing is to fill out a housing application.  Applying for housing is not binding until you sign a housing contract.  Please see the housing application dates to see when applications will open and room selection will occur.
  • Can I live in HLS Housing if I am a visiting researcher/scholar/fellow or a student at one of the other schools at Harvard University?HLS visiting researchers and scholars, as well as other Harvard University students are eligible for HLS housing, but they will not be able to log into the housing portal. If you are not an HLS student and you are interested in procuring HLS housing, please fill out the HLS Housing Application for Non HLS Students. Please note that HLS students are given priority for housing over non-HLS students, so fall housing cannot be offered to non-HLS students until late July or early August, and spring housing cannot be offered until mid-December. There is also no guarantee that any housing will be available to offer to non-HLS students.
  • What type of housing is best for me?
    There are several different housing options available to Harvard Law School students and they vary greatly in terms of location, price, amenities, procurement processes, and rules. To find out which type of housing is best suited to you and your needs, please take our HLS Housing Quiz.
  • What are the dates of residency for on campus housing?
    The dates of residency vary depending on your student classification (i.e. year/program). Please see the Housing Application Dates section of the website for residency dates specific to your classification.
  • What are the different types of dorms on campus?
    Harvard Law School has several different types of dorms and apartments available on campus. They range from traditional dormitory-style singles to residential apartments. For a complete list of the different types of on-campus housing, please visit the On Campus Housing page.
  • What do the dorms look like?
    For pictures of the different types of dorms and apartments, please visit the HLS Housing Photo Gallery.
  • What is the difference between the HLS dorms and the HLS apartments?
    The HLS Student Housing Options Org Chart best represents the different branches of housing. The HLS dorms are the Gropius Complex, North Hall, and Hastings Hall. These are considered dorms because they are not official Cambridge residences, and they all have communal lounges, kitchens, and bathrooms. North Hall is the only exception to this, as the North dorms have private bathrooms. The HLS Apartments are three HLS-owned Victorian houses located two blocks north of campus – 1637 Mass Ave, 3 Mellen St, and 5 Mellen St. These are official Cambridge residences. The types of apartments within these buildings range from one bedroom apartments to a 7 bedroom house. The HLS Apartments are only available to returning students. Both the HLS apartments and dorms have 9 month leases, require no deposit, include all bills but cable TV, and are fully-furnished.
  • How much does on campus housing cost?
    Monthly prices for on campus housing range from about $700 to $1900, depending on what type of dorm or apartment you choose. The Room Types and Prices page will list all of the HLS room types and their corresponding prices. Student Financial Services recommends not spending more than 60% of one’s monthly budget on housing. For more information about budgeting for housing, please see SFS’ “A Word or Two about Housing.”
  • Are bills included in the price of on campus housing?
    All bills (heat, Internet, water, gas, electricity) except cable TV are included in the price of on campus housing.
  • Is there a security deposit required to live on campus?
    There is no deposit required to live on campus. However, the HLS dorms are charged by semester, so you will pay for the entire fall semester before you move on campus, and the entire spring semester will be charged on your December e-bill. The HLS apartments are charged on a monthly basis.
  • Are the dorms furnished?
    All of the dorms and apartments are furnished with a bed, desk, and desk chair. There are also couches, arm chairs, televisions, chests of drawers, and bookshelves depending on what type of dorm or apartment you are living in. Check out the HLS Housing Photo Gallery for a better idea of what kind of furnishings are available in specific room types.
  • How likely is it that I will receive on campus housing?
    100% of students who apply on time for HLS on campus housing are able to select a room by early June. The majority of students who do not apply on time are also able to select a room, but the selection is generally limited. The later a student applies the less likely he is to select a room. However, in the past, rooms have been available even through mid-August. Please review the Housing Application Dates to make sure you apply for housing on time. Please note that applying for on campus housing is not a binding contract and students may decline their HLS dorms for no fee up to a certain date.
  • How does the application and room selection process work?
    Obtaining housing on campus can be broken down into three different periods – application, room selection, and room swaps. For more information on all of these, please review the HAHLS Application and Room Selection FAQ.
  • How do I cancel my on campus housing?
    Students who wish to cancel their housing should review the Room Cancellation page to see what cancellation fines or fees might apply to cancelling housing, and to see instructions about how to cancel.
  • Can I change my dorm room for a different HLS dorm room?
    Students are allowed to change rooms on campus for no fee or penalty. Please see the Room Change webpage for more details about changing your room.
  • Can I live on campus over the summer?
    We allow students who are studying for the bar to stay on campus over the summer. Depending on various factors, we reserve anywhere from 4 to 15 Gropius rooms for this purpose. Only Gropius is available for summer occupancy, so if you are currently living in North or Hastings, you will have to move into Gropius if you would like to live on campus over the summer. The rooms are offered for $50 a night, and students can choose how many nights they would like to stay, but all students must be moved out by August 1st, at the latest. Students can apply for summer housing anytime on or after April 1st, by completing the Summer Housing Application. Rooms are given out on a first come, first serve basis based on order of received application.
  • When is move in and what information will I need when moving into the HLS dorms or apartments?
    You will get several emails from the housing coordinator prior to you move onto campus. Please make sure to read them all carefully. However, it is also recommended that you review the Move In webpage in order to properly prepare for move in.
  • When is move out and what information will I need when moving out of the HLS dorms or apartments?
    You will get a few emails from the housing coordinator as well as from the Facilities Management office regarding move out. Please make sure you read these emails thoroughly. It is also recommended that you review the Move Out webpage prior to your move off campus.
  • Can I live on campus if I only need accommodations for part of the academic year?
    Whether or not you can live on campus for part of the year depends entirely on how long of a stay you will require. We offer a Fall Only and a Spring Only contract to students who have an academic reason for needing one such as early graduation, approved leave of absence, study abroad, or Semester in DC.  However, we rarely allow students to live on campus for a period of time less than a semester. The exception to this is students who want to move on campus mid–semester and stay until the end of the academic year. Students are welcome to move on campus at any point in the year as long as we have vacancies. Finding short term housing can be very difficult, so we recommend reviewing our list of short term housing options. Please note that we do not offer partial academic year contracts for personal reasons, only academic ones.To apply for fall only housing:
    1. login to HAHLS
    2. Select Application from the top navigation
    3. On the Term Selector page, select the academic year option
    4. Save and Continue
    5.  On the Personal Details page, designate yourself as “Fall Only” or “unsure if you will require housing for the entire academic year, depending on whether or not your spring plans are finalized or not
    6. Fall Only students will participate in the same housing lottery and room selection process as the regular academic year students
    7. Fall Only students will be given a move out deadline of December 31stTo apply for spring only housing:
    1. login to HAHLS
    2. Select Application from the top navigation
    3. On the Term Selector page, select the spring only option
    4. Save and Continue
    5.  On the Personal Details page, designate yourself as “spring only;” if you are unsure about whether or not you will need housing for the entire academic year, you should fill out the academic year term application and designate yourself as “unsure” on the Personal Details page
    6. Spring Only students will be contacted by the housing coordinator in November about availability for the spring
    7. Spring Only students will be given a move in date of January 1st
  • Can I get a later move out date if I am participating in the law review write in process?
    Students participating in law review can get an extended move out date to allow them to live on campus for the entire part of the write-on process. In order to be granted this extension, students need to fill out the Harvard Law Review Extension Form. This form is emailed to all HLS residents in the spring.
  • How do I become a Resident Assistant?
    The Dean of Students office will begin the application process for the upcoming year’s RAs in the spring of the current academic year. All upcoming 2L and 3L students are welcome to apply, as well as any returning SJDs. Review our Resident Assistant webpage to understand the application process as well as the duties and timeline of being a Resident Assistant.
  • What is the difference between Harvard University Housing and HLS on campus housing?
    The  Housing Options Org Chart best represents the different branches of housing. HLS On Campus housing consists of the HLS dorms and HLS apartments. See differences between HLS dorms and HLS apartments. Harvard University Housing  are off campus, Harvard University-owned apartments. They have over 90 buildings and 3000 apartments spread across Cambridge. Two of the HUH buildings, Terry Terrace and 29 Garden Street, have HLS blocks within them. This means that only HLS students may rent these apartments. All HUH buildings, including Terry Terrace and 29 Garden Street, are managed by HUH and have a separate application process than the one used for HLS on campus housing. Students are welcome to apply for both HLS and HUH housing simultaneously. Neither application process is binding in any way.
  • What percentages of students live on campus versus off campus?
    There are 599 total on campus dorms and apartments. This allows for 33% of the student body to live on campus. 14% of the student body chooses to live in Harvard University Housing, and 53% live in private off campus housing. 45% of 1Ls live on campus, while 15% live in HUH apartments, and 40% live in private off campus housing.
  • What are the most popular places to live off campus?
    The three most popular neighborhoods for HLS students to live off campus are Harvard Square, Porter Square, and Somerville. Nearly 40% of the student body lives along Massachusetts Ave between HLS campus and Porter Square. Please review our neighborhood breakdown for more information about popular neighborhoods for HLS students to live, as well as pricing information for those areas.
  • How much does it cost to live off campus?
    The average monthly rent paid by an HLS student in 2013 was $1,237. This price does not include utilities, furniture, deposits, or realtor’s fees. Review our Budget webpage for detailed information about how much students who live off campus typically spend. Please note that having roommates is an excellent way to reduce housing costs, and 81% of students who live off campus choose to live with at least 1 roommate.
  • How and when should I look for off campus housing?
    Because each student’s housing needs are different, there are many different ways to approach finding housing. Most students looking for off campus housing choose to either use craigslist or hire a realtor. Review our off campus webpage to better understand how to assess neighborhoods, your budget, the possibility of having a roommate, and how and when to search.
  • How do I request disability-related housing accommodations?
    When completing your housing application, you will have the opportunity to provide us with information related to disability accommodations requests. A Request for Disability-Related Housing Accommodations form must also be submitted to Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. The form can be found http://www3.law.harvard.edu/dos/studentsupport/disabilities/. Please contact Lakshmi Clark-McClendon, Assistant Director of Student Services in the Dean of Students Office at lclark@law.harvard.edu or 617-496-2437 with any questions.
  • Should I bring a car with me?
    About 30% of Harvard Law School students have a car with them in the Greater Boston area. If you are thinking about bringing a car, you should research parking and transportation options when looking at housing.