Living at Harvard

The residential system creates vibrant, unique, and supportive communities where you can unwind after a busy day and feel at home.

Important Fall 2021 Information

As noted in the May 5 message from President Bacow, to reach the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all students who will be on campus this fall. As with existing student requirements for other vaccines, exceptions will be provided only for medical or religious reasons.


Fall 2021 Move In and Housing

Learn about the timeline and process for move-in day and housing assignments


Students meet their Resident Deans on move-in day.

Academic Year 2020-21

Get information about the Community Council, socializing rules, health guidelines and everything you need to know about living on campus this year.

View AY20-21 information


Students lounging on the Quad in Adirondack chairs.

Apley Court

Harvard Yard Dorms

First-year students live in four residential neighborhoods called Yards, which are located at the geographic and historic center of College life. Accommodations range from eighteenth-century buildings, which housed the earliest Harvard students as well as George Washington's troops, to our newest twentieth-century accommodations in Canaday Hall.

Read More About First-Year Living


The Houses

The Houses serve as the foundation for the undergraduate experience at Harvard College. Ninety-eight percent of all undergraduates live in one of the twelve residential Houses.  Each House accommodates 350-500 students with its own dining hall, common rooms, and facilities for academic, recreational, and cultural activities.

Learn More About The 12 Houses

Dudley Co-Op


Dudley Community

The Dudley Community serves a variety of undergraduate upper-level students from across campus not residing in one of the Houses. This includes: residents of the Dudley Co-op, Visiting Undergraduate Students (VUS) from other universities, and students residing off-campus. Like the Houses, Dudley offers holistic academic advising and support and has facilities, amenities, and programming targeted toward the unique Dudley population. 

About Dudley Community