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

HLS outdoors on a sunny day

Harvard Law School in Cambridge

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.

On this page are many topics with important and useful information for your HLS housing move-in.  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

Thank you for choosing HLS Housing.


Arrival on Campus

Early Arrivals – Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate early move-in dates or times.  Students who plan to arrive before their official move in dates listed in the Resident Calendar must find alternate accommodations..

Arrivals Between 9am to 5pm (EDT) Monday through Friday – Students who arrive between the hours of 9am and 5pm (EDT) on their official move in date – either August 15th/16th (LLMs/Exchange Students) or August 23rd/24th (newly admitted JDs) – can go directly to their HLS residence to unload and obtain their keys.

Arrivals After 5pm (EDT) Monday through Friday, Weekends & Holidays – Although it is preferred that students arrive between 9am and 5pm (EDT) Monday through Friday, we understand that travel plans and transportation can impact your arrival time at HLS.  If you arrive after 5pm (EDT), please make your way to the west entrance of Holmes Hall.  Using your mobile phone or the campus phone located at the building door entrance, dial the Facilities Management Office number at 617-495-5521.  Follow the prompts for after-hours arrival.  A guard will meet you at Holmes Hall, validate your government-issued identification and give you your key packet.  If you do not have an HUID, the guard will escort you to your HLS residence to bypass the exterior doors.  Arriving after-hours will prevent you from taking advantage of certain services, such as movers and supervised unloading.  These services are only available from 9am to 5pm (EDT) on the official move-in dates: August 15th/16th and August 23rd/24th.


Card Reader Access

The exterior doors of all residence halls have card readers and are accessible using Harvard University ID (HUID) cards.  In addition, the Gropius stairwell doors that link between buildings also have card readers.

If you do not already have an HUID card, please contact the Office of the Registrar (JDs) or the Graduate Program (LLMs/Exchange Students) to learn where you may pick up your HUID card.  Resident students must receive clearance from all administrative offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Office of the Registrar prior to HUID card activation.

If your ID card is not working on the card readers, please email with details.  You must include your HUID number in the email.


Food on Campus

Staring August 15th Pub Grill (1st floor) 8am-5pm
Starting August 15th Harkness (2nd floor) 1130am-2:30pm
Starting August 20th Harkbox (lower level) 8am-3pm


Garage Parking

If your official move in date is on August 15th/16th or August 23rd/24thand you are bringing a vehicle, you will be able to park in the Everett Street garage for the day.  The garage has a seven-foot, four-inch (7’4”) clearance.  Please be aware of this before making your way to the garage. U-Haul and other large rental vehicles are not permitted in the garage.


Hand Trucks

A small number of hand trucks will be available in addition to moving support services on August 15th/16th and August 23rd/24th.  Hand trucks will be available at each of the move in locations.  Students need to return hand trucks promptly after use to allow other students to make use of them.

Students who are not moving in on August 15th/16th or August 23rd/24th may access these hand trucks during regular business hours at the Facilities Management Office, which is located in Holmes Hall, room four.  Students will need to provide a photo ID to check out a hand truck.  A replacement fee of $100 may be accessed for unreturned hand trucks.


Maintenance Requests

The Facilities Management Office is responsible for your HLS residence.  If when you arrive you are concerned with something in your room, please contact them promptly.  For non-urgent matters, email ( is the preferred method of communication.  Emails should include your name and your HLS resident room.  For urgent matters such as a malfunctioning piece of equipment in your room or in a shared space, please call Facilities immediately at 617-495-5521.  If the office is closed it is important that you follow the prompts.

Please select the move-in map where your HLS residence is located.  We encourage you to follow the instructions on the map in order to reach the closest area to unload your belongings.


Move in maps

Please select the move in map where your HLS residence is located.  We encourage you to follow the instructions on the map in order to reach the closest area to unload your belongings.

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


Moving assistance

Moving assistance will be provide on August 15th/16th and August 23rd/24th for those who are scheduled to arrive on these official move in dates.

Official Move-In Dates

Please refer to the Residence Calendar for your official move-in date.  Although you are not required to move in on your official move-in date, doing so ensures access to support service and available staff.

Room & Mailbox Keys

When you arrive at your HLS residence, you will receive two keys, a room key and a mailbox key. For security reasons, keys should not be marked with your name or the resident room they belong to.  The exterior doors of all HLS residences are accessible using your HUID card.

Suitemate Information

Suitemate information is available in the Student Life portal on the application status page.

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.

Unloading Your Personal Items

On official move in dates, August 15th/16th and August 23rd/24th, a 20-minute unloading area will be available at each of the three move in locations.  Please refer to the move in maps for your HLS residence to know where to unload your personal items.

What is Recommended to bring

  • If you are in a room in the Gropius Complex, Hastings Hall or 5 Mellen Street, a bathroom cady, bathrobe, and shower shoes
  • Bed sheet sets, mattress pad, pillows, blankets, and towels
  • Hangers, power strip, small handheld vacuum, headphones, earplugs (if you’re sensitive to noise), and sleep masks
  • Climate appropriate clothing, such as a heavy coat, boots, scarves, hats, and gloves.
  • Laundry basket/hamper/bag. You can purchase your detergent when you arrive.

What to avoid bringing

  • Heated blankets and any other heating devices
  • Candles, incense, and hot plates
  • Anything that is extremely valuable to you.  Please consider leaving such items at home.