Oak Yard

View an Oak Yard Dorm

Video filmed in spring 2018, and does not reflect current public health guidelines


Canaday houses 255 students as well as the Harvard College Women’s Center. It's Harvard’s newest and largest first-year dorm as well as one of the most conveniently located in the Yard. Highlights of living in Canaday include: 

  • A wide variety of rooming configurations - Canaday is divided into seven vertical entryways consisting of a variety of suites from singles to sextuplets.
  • Some rooms on the top floors also have skylights, which give them great natural light.
  • Canaday’s courtyard also serves as a great space for all students to congregate.
  • Close to: Annenberg Dining Hall; the Science Center; key classroom spaces; and the University Plaza, which holds food trucks, pop-up concerts, wellness activities, and a weekly Farmer's Market.  


Built in 1870, Thayer lies at the heart of Harvard Yard. Thayer is also home to Room 13ECHO, and Contact, peer counseling groups that offer a safe and supportive space for all students. Famous former residents include poet e.e. cummings and actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Highlights of living in Thayer include: 

  • A social and tightly-knit community fostered by the building's wide hallways and elevator.
  • Room configurations include shared doubles and triples with hall-style bathrooms and spacious common rooms complete with decorative fireplaces.
  • Close proximity to Annenberg Dining Hall, the Science Center, and the bustling University Plaza