Living in Cambridge/Boston

Boston is home to more than 50 colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, the city's social life is highly student-oriented.

While 'The Hub' is renowned for its rich history, it also boasts modern and diverse cultural attractions - from the Red Sox to the Museum of Fine Arts; from local bands to the Boston Symphony.

Cambridge combines the attractions of a cosmopolitan city with the charm of a New England town. Organized around traditional town greens, tree-lined squares, and the banks of the Charles River, Cambridge is one of metropolitan Boston's vital urban centers. One-of-a-kind shops, international restaurants, bookstores, and cafés are found throughout Harvard Square.


The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Office Of Residential Life assists full-time graduate students in exploring their options for both on-campus and off-campus housing.

They staff oversees the administration of the GSAS Residence Halls, the Dudley Meal Plan, and Summer Conference Housing, and provides resources for locating off-campus housing.

GSAS Housing Services also serves as a resource by providing information about various topics, including our online database of off-campus housing options, moving companies, bed and breakfasts, storage facilities and maps of Cambridge. Visit us in the basement of Dudley House/Lehman Hall or call the office between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Harvard University Housing (HUH) offers a broad range of housing options for Harvard graduate students, faculty and staff. The Graduate Commons Program (GCP) is now offered in all our Cambridge properties and will expand to the remainder of the portfolio in the fall of 2016. All our properties also offer the Sustainable Community Program.

In addition, HUH does not require a security deposit, last month’s rent, or finder’s fee.

Please visit to learn about our eligibility requirements; application process; and policies and procedures. While applications are accepted year-round, we strongly recommend that you apply between March 1 and May 1 so that you will be included in the View and Select Window assignments.

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