First-Year Living

Harvard Yard in the Fall

As a first-year student, you'll live in one of four residential neighborhoods called Yards, which are located at the geographic and historic center of College life.


One of the most rewarding experiences for first-year students is the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit residential community. Your dorm's entryway will be made up of between 20 and 40 students who will share your floor or another designated area within a building.


Most dorms have suites with two to four bedrooms and a common room and house between three and six students. A few have private bathrooms, but most share bathrooms with other suites. We assign students to suites rather than to specific bedrooms. In almost any suite, you should expect to share a bedroom for at least part of the year. Some dorms contain doubles, usually one fairly large room with a shared bath. Very few singles are available. All dorms and Harvard Yard are smoke-free. 

Housing Assignments

You will receive an email with your housing assignment at the end of July or the first week of August.

The Yards

Ivy Yard

  • Apley
  • Hollis
  • Holworthy
  • Lionel
  • Mass Hall
  • Mower
  • Stoughton
  • Straus


Crimson Yard

  • Greenough
  • Hurlbut
  • Pennypacker
  • Wigglesworth


Elm Yard

  • Grays
  • Matthews
  • Weld


Oak Yard

  • Canaday
  • Thayer


Student Stories

Dorm Room Tour!

Claire Chen '18

So you've heard about the classes and the extracurriculars at Harvard, but there's far more to the college experience.

Read the Story

Student's first-year dorm room