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About 14% of the entire HLS student body lives in Harvard University Housing. 15% of 1Ls in live HUH.

For students interested in off campus apartments without having to comb through craigslist or hire a realtor, Harvard University Housing (HUH) offers nearly 3,000 University-owned and -operated apartments throughout Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston. Most apartments operate on a fixed-term lease at market rate rents and include all utilities. Unlike on-campus housing, spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, and siblings are allowed to live in HUH apartments.

HUH Pricing

Harvard University Housing prices are priced comparably to private off campus housing. The HUH apartment prices vary greatly depending on the property and apartment type.

HLS Graduate Student Block

Because of their proximity to the HLS campus, many of the HLS students who live in HU Housing select Terry Terrace or 29 Garden Street. To support this option, HLS partners with HUH to reserve the HLS Graduate Student Block – a number of apartments in each of these complexes are available exclusively to HLS students. The HLS blocks are owned and operated by HUH, not Harvard Law School. Of course, HLS students are welcome to live in any of the HU Housing properties. Please note that rooms in the HLS Graduate Student Block cannot be shared with a non-HLS Harvard Affiliate.

How It Works

If you would like to live in Harvard University Housing and want to choose from the largest inventory, please submit an application on our website,, by 5:00 p.m. EDT, May 1. Availability is more limited at other times, although applications are accepted year-round.

Apartments with lease start dates up to early June will be posted on our Self-Service Currently Available list beginning in mid-April. Apartments with early to mid-June and later lease start dates will be rented during the on-line Self-Service View/Select window period starting in early May.

In addition, a small number of apartments at our Terry Terrace and 29 Garden Street buildings are reserved for and can be selected online exclusively by HLS graduate students (restrictions apply). As above, early vacancies will be posted on our Self-Service Currently Available list. Later vacancies will be offered in the first on-line Self-Service View/Select window only. Any reserved units remaining unrented after the first window closes will be moved to Currently Available.

Please monitor our website for announcements on the timing of these processes. Additionally, HLS graduate students who submit a valid application by May 1 will receive an email from HUH alerting them to the date that unrented reserved Terry Terrace and 29 Garden Street units will be moved to Currently Available.

Special Options

HUH offers a number of furnished units and pet-friendly units (breed and weight restrictions apply). All properties are non-smoking.

In addition, HUH offers 120 traditional residence hall units in the Cronkhite Graduate Center.

Please click here for more information about these special housing options.

Graduate Commons Program

The Graduate Commons Program is a unique interdisciplinary program that offer social activity opportunities to Harvard affiliate residents and their families.


Harvard University Housing has engaged Off Campus Partners to create and manage a self-service roommate listing web site which can help you find another Harvard affiliate with whom to share an apartment. It is possible to add a roommate later, but the process is more complicated and you will bear the full cost of the apartment until you have a roommate and their lease has been signed.

Still have questions?

Questions regarding the Harvard University Housing apartment application and selection processes should be directed to HUH by emailing huhousing or calling 617-496.7827.