Greenough is located on Prescott Street, half a block from two other first-year dorms. Some highlights of living in Greenough (built in 1922 as an apartment building) include:
- Hardwood floors, large windows, views of the green courtyard behind the building, and a peaceful atmosphere.
- Room configurations include singles, doubles and triples with share hallway bathrooms, while residents in six-person suites have in-suite bathrooms.
- Located close to: the First-Year Experience Office where you can borrow movies, kitchen equipment, and board games; the Writing Center; the airy Barker Cafe, or Berryline.
Hurlbut, built in 1959, has some of the most desirable housing on campus. Some highlights of living in Hurlbut include:
- A small close-knit community - it is home to 60 students. The picturesque lawn, located a few feet from the dorm's entrance, is optimal for picnics and studying on warm days.
- Room configurations include large singles clustered around a common space, forming a “pod” and spacious six-person suites.
- Located close to: to Lamont, the 24-hour, undergraduate library, the “Kong,” and the Barker Center for Arts and Humanities, including its cafe full of delicious drinks, pastries, and sandwiches.
Pennypacker, also built in 1959, was originally constructed as an apartment building. Some highlights on living in Pennypacker include:
- The dorm's layout contributes to a sociable, close-knit community with a wide, spacious stairwell around which all the suites are arranged.
- Room configurations include suites with large common rooms, which are popular gathering spaces for people on the floor. The rooms are primarily doubles and quads and with in-suite bathrooms.
- Pennypacker is also home to WHRB, Harvard's student-run radio station.
- Located close to: the First-Year Experience Office, Berryline, Zinnekin's, and Santouka Ramen.
Wigglesworth, built in 1931, (also known affectionately as "Wigg") was previously home to Bill Gates, Leonard Bernstein, and Ted Kennedy. It is the only dorm to spread over three separate buildings. Highlights of living in Wigg include:
- As a resident of "Wigg" you will be part of a vertical entryway of 15-30 students. There are 10 entryways in the dorm, the smallest of which is known as the "Wigglet." The other two buildings are affectionately known as the “Mid Wigg” and “Big Wigg.”
- Room configurations include mostly quads, and all rooms have in-suite bathrooms and lovely hardwood floors.
- Located close to: to stores and restaurants along Massachusetts Avenue, such as J.P. Licks, Mr. Bartley's, and the Harvard Bookstore, as well as Widener and Lamont Libraries.