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Alert COVID-19 Update

Harvard University and Harvard Law School shifted to remote teaching and learning, as of Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.


Important Information for Fall 2019:  Due to a major construction project to the North Hall HVAC system during the summer of 2019, the cool air conditioning system may not be available in North Hall, 1637 Massachusetts Ave, 3 Mellen St, or 5 Mellen Street until the end of August 2019. Please note that individual air conditioning units are strictly prohibited at all times, so students arriving in early August should be prepared for the warm season in other ways, such as with free-standing fans.


The HLS Apartments, also known as “The Woodframes,” are three Harvard Law School-owned Victorian houses that were converted in 2007 into upscale student apartments. The HLS Apartments are official Cambridge residences, and are thus comparable in amenities to off campus apartment living.  These apartments are offered  to returning students before being offered to incoming students.


Please note that the HLS Apartments that are listed on this page are NOT associated with the “HLS Apartment Block”, which are hosted by Harvard University Housing. The HLS Apartments (at 1637 Mass Ave, 3 Mellen, and 5 Mellen) are hosted by HLS Housing and include 9-month leases that coincide with the academic year. In the single-family homes at 3 and 5 Mellen, students are assigned to an individual bedroom within the house and all kitchen, living and bathroom* areas are shared with other residents.   (*3 Mellen bedrooms have private bathrooms for each occupant). In the apartments at 1637 Mass Ave, students are assigned to individual bedrooms and each apartment has a private kitchen and bathroom within the 1 or 2-person unit.

To get the best sense of the HLS Apartments, check out the HLS Apartment Photo Gallery and the HLS Apartment Floor Plans below. View Room Types and Prices for listings of HLS Apartment room types, prices, square footage, and number of units.

The following three HLS Apartment buildings have very different layouts and prices:

1637 Massachusetts Avenue

5 Mellen Street

3 Mellen Street

Please note that, because the HLS Apartments are official Cambridge residences, they have a different cancellation policy than the one pertaining to the HLS dorms. In addition, the Room Swap Tool is not available to a student who has already signed a lease for an apartment at these residences.

Pros to Living in the HLS Apartments

  • most private HLS housing option
  • proximity – only two blocks north of HLS campus
  • a housing option that has all of the amenities of off campus living combined with all of the perks of living in HLS Housing
    • 9 month lease based on academic calendar
    • fully-furnished
    • online application and room selection
    • no security deposit or realtor fees
    • all utilities included
    • reliable landlord
    • private bathroom and kitchen

Furnishings and Features of the HLS Apartments

Please note that furniture items will vary depending on apartment type.

  • Bedrooms
    • full size bed and nightstand
    • desk and chair
    • bureau and dresser
    • bookcase
    • lounge chair
    • bookshelf
  • Kitchen
    • sink and garbage disposal
    • 9.6 cubic foot refrigerator
    • stove and oven
    • breakfast table and chairs
    • convection microwave oven
  • Living Room
    • sofa
    • loveseat
    • arm chair
    • coffee table
    • breakfast table and 2 chair
    • TV with cable (5 Mellen & 3 Mellen only)
  • Other Features
    • wireless and wired Internet access
    • limited and seasonal individual control of heating/air-conditioning

1637 Massachusetts Avenue

1637 Mass Ave is the largest of the three HLS apartments, containing 11 fully-furnished apartments of varying layouts. It has served many purposes to the University, but most recently housed the Ukrainian Research Institute.

Floor Plans for 1637 Massachusetts Ave.

5 Mellen Street

5 Mellen St is a Victorian period house that boasts seven fully-furnished spacious bedrooms with rich woodwork throughout and a stained glass window in the stairwell. There is a large kitchen and living room on the first floor, and a shared bathroom on each floor. It has served as the Law School’s Alumni Center and housed the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Floor Plans for 5 Mellen Street

3 Mellen Street

3 Mellen Street was once the Baker Hall’s carriage house and now is a full-furnished three-bedroom apartment house with spacious rooms, private bathrooms in each bedroom, and a large communal living room and kitchen.

Floor Plans for 3 Mellen Street