Elm Yard

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Grays, built in 1863,  was previously home to Natalie Portman and Frank Rich, and houses approximately 100 first-year students divided into three vertical entryways. Highlights of living in Grays include:

  • A central location, spaciousness, hardwood floors,and large picture windows with excellent views of historic Harvard Yard.
  • Room configurations include suites of quads and quints with in-suite bathrooms and large common rooms.
  • Grays also houses the Serenity and Mindfulness Room, where you can find peace away from the stresses of college life.
  • Located close to: Massachusetts Avenue and student favorites like J.P. Licks and Mike's Pastry.


Matthews, completed in 1872, is named after Nathan Matthews and has been home to Matt Damon, Chuck Schumer, and Senator Barney Frank. Highlights of living in Matthews include: 

  • A central location with two main foyers in the building that facilitate a strong sense of community. 
  • Room configurations include suites of doubles or triples with shared hallway bathrooms and spacious suite common rooms.
  • Matthews also contains the Ecker Reading Room, a cozy space for relaxing and studying, and two large practice rooms with pianos that are perfect for your collaborations with friends.
  • Close to: student hubs like Café Gato Rojo, Starbucks, and CVS.


Weld was constructed in 1873 through donations by shipping magnate William Fletcher Weld, in memory of his deceased younger brother, Stephen Minot Weld and was home to President John F. Kennedy during his first year. Highlights of living in Weld include: 

  • Long open hallways, a central elevator to help with move-in, and a central location with a view of the Yard.
  • Room configurations include mostly suites of quints and sextuplets with a mix of in-suite and hallway bathrooms,
  • A hidden gem on campus is Weld's sun-filled "observatory" at the top of the building, a great study space with unparalleled views of campus.
  • In the basement of Weld, you can find Yard Operations and Dorm Crew, where one goes for toilet paper, free CFL light bulbs, or to ask for help with a problem relating to your room.
  • Close to:  Widener, the John Harvard statue, and Harvard Square.
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Chris Scanlon

Elm Yard Resident Dean of First-Year Students
Assistant Dean of Harvard College

Welcome to Elm Yard!  I advise the students living in Grays, Matthews, and Weld supporting academic and social transitions to the College.  I’ve...

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First-Year Experience Office
6 Prescott St.
p: 617-495-1574