Move In

Learn what you can expect during fall move in – we can't wait to see you soon!

Housing Assignments   Move-In Timeline   Furniture   Health and Safety   Living Off-Campus   
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Housing Assignments

For Fall 2021, Harvard College will return to a normal housing density in the Houses and Yards and we will offer in-person dining. Incoming students will receive their housing assignments the first week of August and upper-level students will receive their housing assignments the second week of August. Throughout July, Housing and Residential Life will work closely with Resident Deans of First-Year Students and House Administrators to assign students to housing. Students will continue to be affiliated with their House or Yard and retain access to all of the same staff and advising structures, regardless of their physical room assignment.

Additional Housing for Undergraduates

For first-year students, we anticipate using 1201 Mass Ave and a series of apartments on Prescott Street adjacent to the Yard. Both locations have been used in the past for Harvard-affiliated swing housing. Dean Straker and her team in the First-Year Experience Office are already thinking about a new name for the yard and staffing.

For upper level students, we have secured Cronkhite Hall, which is composed of singles and includes shared community spaces. We have also secured apartments through Harvard University Housing, which are all adjacent to campus.

As we learn more about students’ plans and how many students are interested in Fall 2021 housing, we will work with the residential communities to determine how best to assign and allocate the housing. All of the locations identified above will be affiliated with existing residential communities and be staffed accordingly.

Visiting Undergraduate Students

Due to the high volume of students returning to campus we are unable to provide housing for Visiting Undergraduate Students (VUS) for the Fall 2021 semester. VUS will still receive an academic adviser who is also a tutor in the Dudley Community, and can expect to be able to access all academic spaces and co-curricular resources. Please see the Dudley Community Welcome Memo on the VUS Admitted Student Page for more information about off-campus housing, and send any unaddressed questions to Program Manager, Chris Gilbert at

Move-In Timeline

To allow all students to move in safely, move-in will be staggered by class. Students will be able to choose a time window within a range of dates and times (move-in dates for each class are included below). Housing and Residential life will contact first-year students to choose a  move-in time slot by the end of June and upper-level students to choose a move-in time slot by July.

International Student Arrivals

International students should make every effort to arrive during the assigned window for their class year. We understand that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine requirements, travel and arrival to the US is complicated. If your personal circumstances require you to move in outside of your assigned move-in window, you must receive prior approval for an exception. Please email the Office of International Education and your Resident Dean (or First-Year Experience Office at, if you are a member of the Class of 2025) with the reasons why you are requesting a move-in exception. Arrivals prior to August 20 will not be permitted for any reason.

Timeline for Incoming Students – Class of 2025

Monday, May 17 Deadline for all students entering the Class of 2025 to complete their Housing Applications. Incoming students who have not applied for housing should submit their applications now.
First week of August Incoming students will receive their housing assignments. 
Wednesday, August 25–Friday, August 27 First-years can move in during their selected time slots.
Saturday, August 28–Tuesday, August 31 First-Year Orientation
Tuesday, August 31 Convocation
Wednesday, September 1 First Day of Classes
Monday, September 6 Labor Day (University Holiday)


Timeline for Upper-Level Students – Class of 2024, Class of 2023, Class of 2022

Early June Upper-level students will receive a link to complete their housing applications
Second week of August Upper-level students will receive their housing assignments
Friday, August 20–Saturday, August 21 Juniors move in during their selected time slots
Sunday, August 22 Junior Orientation
Sunday, August 22–Monday, August 23 Sophomores move in during their selected time slots
Wednesday, August 25 Sophomore Orientation
Friday, August 27–Saturday, August 28 Seniors move in during their selected time slots
Wednesday, September 1 First Day of Classes
Monday, September 6 Labor Day (University Holiday)

Furniture and Amenities

A HEPA filter will be provided in each common room but we will not be providing micro-fridges.  Students needing a micro-fridge can rent one from the Harvard Student Agency.  In addition, each student should expect in their room a bed, desk, desk chair, bookshelf, and dresser.  

Health and Safety

Harvard announced on May 5 that COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all enrolled students this fall. We understand that access to the COVID-19 vaccine is variable across the world. Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) will provide vaccination to any enrolled, full-time student who has not been vaccinated. 

Please contact HUHS with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Living Off-Campus

Any upper-level student who has questions about moving into off-campus housing for Fall 2021 should speak with their House Administrator about their plans. Students who choose to live off-campus are expected to be able to access all academic spaces and co-curricular resources as normal. Guidance for access to residential spaces will be shared in June.