All full-time registered Harvard graduate students are eligible to apply for a room in the GSAS residence halls. The majority of the 411 rooms are assigned to first-year degree candidates in GSAS who are guaranteed an offer of housing in the GSAS residence halls, if all application requirements are met by the priority deadline of Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Kennedy School of Government, the Graduate School of Design, and the Graduate School of Education are given higher priority than students in other professional and graduate schools at the University. Divinity and Law School students are also welcome to apply for housing in our residence halls.
Couples and Families
Rooms in the GSAS residence halls are designed for single-resident use only and cannot accommodate students with children. Married couples are eligible for housing only if both individuals are full-time, registered Harvard graduate students.
Incoming GSAS Students
Incoming first-year GSAS students who submit their online application to GSAS Residential Life by 5:00pm (EST) April 20, 2016 are GUARANTEED a room. Faxed and e-mailed housing applications are not accepted.
Continuing GSAS Students
All continuing, full-time registered GSAS students are eligible and encouraged to apply to live in the residence halls. In recent years, approximately 25% of rooms have been offered to continuing students during the initial process. Additional room offers were also sent to continuing students in later rounds of housing.
Students in the HKS, GSE, and GSD
Some rooms are available for students in the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Graduate School of Education (GSE), and the Graduate School of Design (GSD). Each of the three schools conducts their own lotteries for housing and sends their results to GSAS Residential Life. Unfortunately, there are not enough rooms available to accommodate all who apply; however, GSAS Residential Life has been able to offer rooms to more non-GSAS students in the last few years. Students are encouraged to stay on the waiting list, as room assignments are often cancelled, especially in June, and reassigned throughout the summer.
Students should speak with the housing contact in their school to discuss eligibility.HKS Student ServicesHarvard Kennedy School of Government79 JFK Street
Taubman Building, 204 Cambridge, MA 02138(617) 495-0860
GSE Office of Student Affairs101 Larsen HallAppian WayCambridge, MA 02138(617) 495-8035
GSD Office of Student Services422 Gund Hall48 Quincy StreetCambridge, MA 02138(617) 495-5453
GSAS Special Students/Visiting Fellows
Any applicant who was a GSAS Special Student or Visiting Fellow during the 2015-16 academic year and who has been admitted to a degree program for the 2016-17 academic year is included in the lottery for continuing GSAS students. Applicants continuing to enroll as a GSAS Special Student or Visiting Fellow are included in the lottery for Special Students.
Students who are admitted to a degree program after the April 20 housing application priority deadline are still encouraged to apply for housing in the GSAS residence halls. GSAS Residential Life has consistently been able to offer rooms in the residence halls to many incoming degree candidates who have been admitted after the early priority housing application deadline.