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 To All New and Returning Students, Welcome to the Harvard Law School Residence Halls!

Ames and Dane

Ames and Dane

We are happy to have you on campus and living in the residence halls. Law school is a tremendous experience and we hope that your stay on campus will enhance your time at HLS.

If you are looking for information on the Housing Move-In Process, please see below for answers to all of your questions! On this page are many pieces of important and useful information for your move-in process, so we encourage you to take the time to review all of its contents.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to email to

We hope you will enjoy your stay in HLS housing this year. Please let us know if we can do anything to make your living arrangements more comfortable.


HLS Housing Staff


Please click a topic for more information…

Early Arrival
Bed Sizes & Linens
Cable TV – Comcast
Food Services & Meal Plan
Card Reader Access
Internet/Network Access
Hand Trucks/Dollies
Mailing Address
Maintenance Requests
Maps & Directions
Transportation to Campus
Official Move-In Dates
Shipping Packages Ahead of Move-In
Suitemate Information
What to Bring and What NOT to Bring




Arriving on Official Move-In Days

You should have registered a move-in appointment in July. Please keep an eye on your HLS e-mail account for instructions on where to go to move in for your appointment. This process will vary based on the date and time of your approved check-in window.


Early Arrival

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any earlier move in dates or times.  Any student who plans to arrive before their designated Official Move In date must find alternate accommodations.


Bed Sizes

Gropius Rooms

  • Standard Rooms –  extra long twin beds which are 80″ long x 36″ wide or 200 cm long x 90cm wide
  • Medium Rooms –  extra long twin beds which are 80″ long x 36″ wide or 200 cm long x 90cm wide
  • Large Rooms –  extra long twin beds which are 80″ long x 36″ wide or 200 cm long x 90cm wide

Hastings Rooms

  • Single Rooms & Studios (all rooms) – extra long twin beds which are 80″ long x 36″ wide or 200 cm long x 90cm wide

North Hall Rooms

  • Small Rooms – extra long twin beds which are 80″ long x 36″ wide or 200 cm long x 90cm wide
  • Standard & Large Rooms – full size beds which are 75″ long x 54″ wide x 9″ deep or 188 cm long x 135 cm x 22.86 cm wide

HLS Apartments (1637 Mass Ave, 3 Mellen, 5 Mellen)

  • Single Rooms & Studios (all rooms) – full size beds which are 75″ long x 54″ wide x 9″ deep or 188 cm long x 135 cm x 22.86 cm wide.


  • Cambridge has significant temperature variance across the seasons, ranging from below 0 (zero) degrees Fahrenheit during the winter to above 90 degrees during the summer, so please plan your wardrobe and bedding/linens appropriately.
  • Linens are not provided. You should plan to either bring your own, buy them at a department store, buy them online and have them shipped to HLS, or purchase them from Harvard Student Agencies.  We recommend students pack their linens in their travel luggage so they have the as soon as they arrive on campus. We cannot guarantee immediate access to mail when you arrive to move in.


Cable TV – Comcast

Each room in the HLS Residence Halls and each bedroom in the HLS Apartments is cable-ready.  If you would like to set up cable service, you can contact Comcast at 1-800-XFINITY. Residents will need to provide their own television.

In addition, the following lounges all have large high-definition flat panel televisions and high-definition cable:

  • Ames Hall: Floors 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Dane Hall: 3rd Floor
  • Shaw Hall: 2nd Floor
  • Story Hall: Floors 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • North Hall: 1st Floor
  • 3 Mellen Street: 1st Floor Living Room
  • 5 Mellen Street: 1st Floor Living Room


Food Services and Meal Plan

There is a cafeteria at the Law School in the Harkness Commons. The cafeteria is pay-as-you-go. There are many grocery stores and restaurants near the Law School, and all residents have access to kitchens in their buildings. Students living in the residence halls will also have a small meal plan this upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. More information will be released about this meal plan once it becomes available.



Each resident receives at least basic furnishings – a bed, desk, desk chair, bookcase and/or bookshelves, dresser and/or closet, a trash can, and recycling can. Some buildings have additional furnishings which are listed on each residence’s profile page. Residents may certainly bring small pieces of supplementary furniture, as long as they do not create a fire hazard. Please note that the furniture provided by HLS in your room/suite/apartment cannot be removed from the dorm room. Residents CANNOT bring their own beds to replace the HLS beds provided unless they have a documented medical condition or disability that requires it, in which case documentation from a licensed physician must be submitted to Accessibility Services at least 3 weeks prior to your move-in appointment.


Card Reader AccesS

The exterior doors of all residences are accessible using card readers.  In addition, the Gropius stairwell doors that link between buildings also uses card readers.  Harvard University ID cards will work with the card readers to grant access to the exterior doors. If your ID card is not working on the card readers, please email with details and include your HUID number.

At the beginning of the year, acquiring access will be slightly different for students, depending on their classifications. Please see the following for how this will affect you:

Returning JD 2Ls, 3Ls, & SJDs

  • Returning students with Harvard University ID cards will become active beginning on the first day of your move in.
  • During move in, returning students will pick up their interior key and their mailbox key at their designated check-in location (see your e-mail for specific instructions).

Transfer Students

  • Transfer students need to make sure that they have cleared all Admissions, Financial Aid, and Registrar items prior to arriving on campus for move in.
  • Transfer students will pick up their interior key, mailbox key and a temporary exterior key card during move in.

LLMs, Incoming SJDs, & Exchange Students

  • Upon move in, students will receive their interior key, their mailbox key, and a temporary exterior key card.
  • Once students have completed Administrative Clearance, they will receive their Harvard University Identification cards in WCC Room 5048.
  • Temporary access cards will expire in early September.
  • Students will be charged $150 for loss of the temporary access card.

JD 1Ls

  • 1Ls need to make sure that they have cleared all Admissions, Financial Aid, and Registrar items prior to arriving on campus for move in.
  • Students who have no outstanding items will receive their Harvard University ID card at Move In along with their interior key and mailbox key.
  • Students who have outstanding items will receive temporary card access keys with their interior and mailbox keys.
  • Students who receive temporary card access keys can trade them for their Harvard University ID cards at orientation registration once they have cleared all outstanding items.
  • Temporary access cards will expire in early September.
  • Students will be charged $150 for loss of the temporary access card.



Housing Handbook

The Housing Handbook is updated during June each year. All residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with its contents. Many frequently asked questions are answered there, so we encourage you to look to the handbook for answers. When residents sign their license/lease for the year, they acknowledge their responsibility for abiding by the policies and procedures outlined in the handbook.


Internet/Network Access

Wireless network access is available throughout campus, the residence halls and in on-campus housing. Residents may also access the network by connecting to the wired network jack in their room. After connecting to the wireless or wired network, students will be prompted to register their device using the Harvard ‘Get Online’ portal. Select “I have a HarvardKey,” and the system will walk you through the registration process. You must do this for each device which you intend to connect to the HLS network. If you have any questions or encounter issues, please submit a request a the Services Hub or contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk at 617-495-0722.


Personal Property Insurance

All residents of the HLS dorms and the HLS apartments will be billed for personal property insurance from CSI Insurance. Historically, this insurance has costed $54 per semester, and insures our residents for up to $7500 per occurrence with a $25 deductible. Each student will be insured for any damage or loss of his personal property, even if the loss or damage occurs outside of HLS Housing. This includes loss or damage to personal property while traveling internationally. If a student is in HLS housing for only one semester, he will only be charged for one semester of insurance. Residents do not have the option to waive this personal property insurance, even if they already have their own form of personal property insurance.

For more information about the specifics of this policy, please visit the Personal Property Insurance Info Page.



Residents will receive 2 keys – an interior dorm key and a mailbox key. All residents should use their Harvard University ID Card to access the exterior of their residence.

Please note that students will be charged up to $175 for a set of lost keys.

For information on how to obtain your keys, please see your move-in instructions e-mail. Detailed instructions will be e-mailed to you when we get closer to your move-in date.



All residents have access to at least one kitchen in their building. All kitchens are equipped with basic appliances (stove/oven, microwave, toaster oven, refrigerator/freezer). Gropius, North, and Hastings kitchens also have communal pots and pans and some other basic cooking needs. Apartment kitchens do not come with any kitchenware.  All residents must provide their own plates, cups, utensils, chopping knives, Tupperware, etc.



All residents have access to laundry facilities in on-campus housing. Laundry rooms include coin credit card operated washers and dryers. Laundry detergent, fabric softener, ironing boards, and irons are not provided, so residents should plan to bring their own.

In addition, Harvard Student Agencies provides the option to purchase door-to-door laundry delivery services. Please see their site for more information.


Hand Trucks/Dollies

HLS has several hand trucks available for free for student use. These will be at the move in stations on the official move in dates. Students need to make sure to return these to the move in station when they are done using them.

Students who are not moving in during the official move in period can access these hand trucks during regular business hours by going to the Facilities Management office, Holmes Hall room 4. Students will need to check out the hand truck and check the hand truck back in at the Facilities office. Students who do not check the hand truck in will be charged to replace the hand truck.



Students must sign their residence license (dorm rooms) or lease (1637 Mass Ave, 3 Mellen and 5 Mellen) prior to moving in and receiving their keys. Students may review the terms of their housing license at any time in the Student Life portal by:

  1. Log into Student Life Portal
  2. Select “HLS Housing” from the top navigation
  3. Select “Academic Year 20XX-20XX”
  4. Save and Continue
  5. You will be given the option to view your contract/lease.


Mailing Address

All HLS housing residents will receive their mailing addresses via email.

Please note that your mailing address is NOT your dorm or room number. Please do NOT put your residence or room number on your mail.


Maintenance Requests

The Facilities Management Office worked hard this summer to ensure that your room would be ready for your arrival.  However, if there are any problems or issues with your room, you can contact them at 617-495-5521 or During nights and weekends, you will automatically be transferred to the Harvard University Operations Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Maps & Directions

Gropius Move-In Map
Hastings Hall Move-in Map
North Hall Area Move-In Map



transportation to campus

If you are flying into Boston’s Logan Airport and need ground transportation to the HLS campus, head over to the Massachusetts Port Authority web site.  All viable options are provided there.


Official Move-In Dates

Please refer to Residence Calendar



Students who are thinking about bringing cars to the Greater Boston area should review Parking and Other Transportation Options for the academic year.

On official move in dates, 20-minute unloading parking spaces have been reserved along Everett Street for Gropius residents, as well as Massachusetts Avenue for North Hall. If you are moving into Hastings Hall you will be able to unload by reaching the front of Austin Hall by way of Oxford Street.  More details will follow on this. With so many students scheduled to move in that day, we ask that residents park for no longer than 20 minutes to ensure that all residents are able to access the reserved spots to unload their vehicles.


Shipping Packages Ahead of Move-In

Once you receive your mailing address, you may begin mailing packages to HLS. At the beginning of the academic year, we will try to place some of your packages to your room, should they arrive at least a week before your move-in date. The HLS Mail Center handles all mail and package deliveries, so you should ship all packages to yourself at your Mail Center address. Do not include your dorm address or number on your mailing address. Your mailing address should be formatted exactly as it is given to you.

Unfortunately, the HLS Mail Center is not able to deliver packages under 15 pounds or exceeding 50 pounds to your room, so please pack your boxes accordingly. In addition, any identifiable computer boxes, regardless of weight, should be picked up in the HLS Mail Center for the security of your item.  Should a box outside these descriptions arrive, you may pick it up in the HLS Mail Center. Packages that arrive after the day of your scheduled move-in or later can also be picked up in the HLS Mail Center. Please note that during the academic year, packages will not be delivered to your room – all deliveries go to the HLS Mail Center where students can pick them up after receiving e-mail notification of arrival.

The Mail Center is located in WCC-B086.  Hours are 8am – 6pm.  You can contact the staff at or at 617-495-3171.


Suitemate Information

Students in Hastings 2-bedroom suites, the North Hall 2-bedroom suite, 1637 Massachusetts Ave 2-bedroom apartments, and 1637 Massachusetts Ave 2-bedroom efficiencies will have a suitemate. Students in 3 Mellen and 5 Mellen will have multiple suitemates. Suitemate contact information will be emailed to all students in a suite at the beginning of August.


minifridge units

For the upcoming academic year, HLS will not be providing personal mini refrigerators. We do supply large shared fridges in the common kitchens. Residents are welcome to bring one mini-fridge unit up to 4 cubic feet in size to keep inside their dorm room (these cannot be stored in the hallways or lounges). Please note that “micro-fridge” units (combination fridge/microwave) units are strictly prohibited from the HLS residences.


What to Bring and What NOT to Bring

Residents of Hastings two-bedroom suites and multiple-resident units in the HLS apartments should consider checking with their suitemate(s) in advance to coordinate what to bring.


  • Alarm Clock
  • Bedding – Pillows, blankets, mattress cover (mattresses are fire-resistant with a plastic surface), egg crate and bed sheets
  • Towels
  • Cleaning Products – Common spaces (bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, and lounges) are cleaned by the custodial staff, but residents are expected to maintain a reasonable level of order and cleanliness in individual rooms and to maintain proper health and safety conditions.
  • Computer/Laptop and surge protector
  • Fan
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Bag/Basket or Hamper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Plants
  • Refrigerator (less than 4 cubic feet)
  • Shower Caddy for Gropius and Hastings residents to carry their things to the bathroom
  • Vacuum or Dust buster – Resident Assistants will have vacuums for residents to borrow, but residents may want to bring their own small vacuum or dust buster for personal use.
  • Kitchen Supplies


  • Candles, or any type of an open flame
  • Cooking appliances of any kind, which are prohibited in dorm rooms. Such as: microwaves, MicroFridges (microwave/freezer/fridge combo units), coffee makers, toaster ovens, toasters, hot plates, electric tea kettles
  • Halogen Lamps
  • Space Heaters or Air Conditioners
  • Pets of any kind
  • A bed or mattress, unless pre-approved by Accessibility Services.
  • Large furniture, such as beds, futons, dressers, and wardrobes. Furniture cannot be removed from the rooms nor is additional large furniture permitted as this creates a fire hazard. Only small supplemental furniture, such as nightstands or small book cases may be allowed at the discretion of Housing and Facilities Staff.