FAQ

I’m an incoming student. When will I learn about my assigned Yard, resident dean, and proctor?

On Friday, July 31 you’ll learn which of the four Yards you’ve been assigned to, as well as your Resident Dean. Notification will be made by email to your @college email address. You’ll be welcomed to your assigned Yard and meet your Resident Dean during the first Orientation module on August 1.

Whether you’re living on campus or studying remotely, all students also are assigned to an entryway and supported by a proctor....

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I'm a first-year student. When will I learn about my housing assignment?

You’ll learn about your room assignment, and any suite-mates by the end of day on Monday, August 10. Notification will be made by email to your @college email address. The message will also include information about your assigned entryway, proctor, bathroom, and mailing address.

While this is later than we typically share this information, we have had to adjust our timeline and housing processes in order to give students enough time to make their decisions about their plans for the fall. We anticipate that we will finalize housing assignments during the first...

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If I'm a first-year student, can I study remotely in the fall instead of coming to campus?

Yes. Please make sure to complete the Housing Intention Form by July 24 to let us know that you do not plan to come to campus in the fall. All students, whether they live on campus or study remotely, will be assigned a Yard and entryway, and be supported by residential staff: Resident Dean, Proctor, and Peer Advising Fellow (PAF). Read more about If I'm a first-year student, can I study remotely in the fall instead of coming to campus?

If I take a leave of absence this fall (2020), will I be guaranteed housing when I request to return to campus?

For students from all classes, one of the factors that you should consider is a practical one – the availability of housing upon your return. It is always possible that we will have too many students seeking to live on campus and we may not be able to house everyone on campus. In the event there is excess demand for housing in academic year 21–22 or thereafter, Harvard will establish and share a process by which students may apply for undergraduate residential housing. 

Can I rent an apartment through Harvard University Housing (HUH)?

Undergraduate students are generally not eligible for housing through Harvard University Housing (HUH).  Students who are veterans, married, and/or have children may be eligible for Harvard-affiliated housing through HUH. Given the leasing period for HUH housing, students are strongly encouraged to make such a request during the spring term (between March 1 and May 1) if they are requesting housing for the following academic year. Undergraduate requests and inquiries related to this policy should be directed to the Director of Housing and Residential Operations, and...

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Will the College host any large events this fall?

Any events for this Fall will be hosted virtually. After Orientation wraps, our student organizations, such as the College Events Board, will ramp up their activities. The best places to check for these is the calendar on thehub.college.harvard.edu