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HLS residence license agreement (Dorm) Cancellation Policy

Students who have selected or been assigned an HLS dorm (Gropius Complex, North Hall, or Hastings Hall) may be charged a penalty for canceling the room. The penalty fee will be applied to the Harvard term bill and escalates throughout the summer. Fees for cancelling a dorm room are:

  • Prior to June 1:      No penalty or fee of any kind
  • June 1 – June 30:   $500 cancellation fee, but no liability for rent
  • July 1 – July 31:      $500 cancellation fee plus full academic year room fee until re-rental in which case the cost will be $500 plus the pro-rated fee
  • August 1 and through the academic year:   $1000 cancellation fee plus full academic year room fee until re-rental in which case the cost will be $1000 plus the pro-rated fee

Students are officially responsible for the room once they sign the HLS Housing contract. No penalties will ever be applied if a student does not sign a housing contract.

HLS Apartment Lease Cancellation Policy

Students who have selected a room or apartment in the HLS Apartments (1637 Massachusetts Avenue, 3 Mellen Street, and 5 Mellen St) are fully liable and responsible for the unit once signing their HLS Apartment Lease in HAHLS. Students who sign the HLS Apartment Lease and then decide to cancel are subject to a cancellation penalty and the cost of the unit until it is re-rented. The tiered cancellations mentioned above for the HLS Dorms do not apply to HLS apartment leases.

  • Date HLS Apartment Lease is signed until July 31:   $500 cancellation fee and the cost of the unit until it is re-rented
  • August 1 and through the academic year:     $1000 cancellation fee and the cost of the unit until it is re-rented

Exceptions to the Cancellation Policies

Students who have a confirmed room or apartment, but will not be enrolled at Harvard Law School, may be granted an exception to the cancellation penalties. This includes:

  • deferring admission to Harvard Law School
  • withdrawing or declining admission to Harvard Law School
  • an approved leave of absence
  • study abroad / joint degree program, which will cause student to not be in attendance at Harvard Law School for one or both semester of the academic year

Students must contact the Dean of Students Office at housing@law.harvard.edu  promptly in order for the penalty fee not to be charged.


Cancelling your Room

To cancel your current housing assignment, please contact Housing@law.harvard.edu.

To cancel your upcoming HLS Housing Room License Agreement or Lease, please log back onto HAHLS and open your housing application. You will find a “Cancel Application” option on the top right of your application.