Eligibility for GSAS Housing

Eligibility for Housing in the GSAS Residence Halls

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 23, 2014. 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 with our office.

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 Housing Services by 5:00PM (EST) April 23, 2014 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 Housing Services. Unfortunately, there are not enough rooms available to accommodate all who apply; however, the GSAS Housing Office 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 Services
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Taubman Building, 204 
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-0860

GSE Office of Student Affairs
101 Larsen Hall
Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-8035

GSD Office of Student Services
422 Gund Hall
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-5453

 GSAS Special Students/Visiting Fellows

Some rooms are set aside for incoming Special Students and Visiting Fellows. While Special Students and Visiting Fellows should apply directly to GSAS Housing Services, the Special Students & Visiting Fellows Office conducts the lottery for these individuals. All inquiries regarding the lottery or your eligibility should be directed to the Special Students & Visiting Fellows Office (617-495-5392, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Any applicant who was a GSAS Special Student or Visiting Fellow during the 2013-14 academic year and who has been admitted to a degree program for the 2014-15 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.

Late Admissions

Students who are admitted to a degree program after the April 23 housing application priority deadline are still encouraged to apply for housing in the GSAS residence halls. GSAS Housing Services 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. 


Deferred Admissions

Students who are deferring admission until Spring 2015 should submit an application for housing along with a written e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) explaining the situation. Students who are deferring admission until Fall 2015 should visit the GSAS Housing Services website in Spring 2015 to complete a housing application for the 2014-2015 academic year.