To apply for HLS housing, you must be:
Registering as a full-time student at Harvard Law School for the term in which you seek housing. Incoming students may submit their housing application prior to submitting their admission decision.
Seeking accommodations for yourself only. HLS Housing does not accommodate partners, children, relatives, or pets.
Full Academic Year Application Process
Step 1: Apply
Submit your application by your deadline to be entered into the lottery for a Room Selection Window. Each classification (Returning student, Incoming JD, and Incoming LLM) has a separate application deadline and series of Room Selection Windows.
There is no advantage to submitting your application early, as all applications submitted by your application deadline will be placed in the lottery for a Room Selection Window.
Step 2: Check
Check your e-mail on the designated date to see if you were drawn for a Room Selection Window.
Step 3: Select
- If you received a room selection window, begin selecting and shopping for a room at your designated date and room selection window time.
- If you applied on time, but did not receive a Room Selection Window, begin selecting a room the day after your classification’s Room Selection Windows end.
- If you applied after your classification’s designated application deadline, you can select a room at a later designated date.
Step 4: Sign
Once you select a room, you will have 72 hours to sign your Room License Agreement (dorm-style rooms) or Apartment Lease (apartment-style rooms).
Step 5: Shop
Keep shopping! Since cancellations and room swaps occur throughout the summer, you are free to log back on and use the Room Swap Tool to change your room as many times as you would like, even after signing your Residence License Agreement.*
(*Dorm rooms only – once an apartment lease is signed for an apartment, the assignment is finalized.)
Step 6: Finalize
Your Housing Assignment* will be finalized later in the summer when Room Selection ends. You can find the end date on the Room Selection Dates page.
(*Dorm rooms only. Apartment assignments are finalized as soon as a student signs their HLS Apartment Lease)