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Housing at Harvard
Harvard-owned housing offers some advantages over non-Harvard housing. The process of securing a place to live can be completed from any place that has Internet access. Students can be confident that the accommodations will be of acceptable quality without making a visit to Cambridge ahead of time. Tenants in Harvard-owned housing do not have to provide a security deposit, final month's rent, or brokers' fees, as is common with rentals from private landlords. Rents are conveniently charged to the student's term bill.
Harvard University Housing (HUH) owns and manages almost 3,000 apartments within about a one-mile radius of Harvard Square. These apartments range from one-room studios to two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. Visit the Harvard University Housing website for complete information on rents, eligibility, descriptions, and the application process. In HUH-managed properties, leases are typically for one year and end on June 30. Applications are accepted at any time, but the best selection will be available to those who apply in March or April.
The Graduate Commons program is a unique, interdisciplinary program available to residents in Harvard University Housing's 10 Akron Street and 5 Cowperthwaite Street properties. As of September 2012 it will also be available at Peabody Terrace. Read more about the program and view a video.
The Center for the Study of World Religions, at Harvard Divinity School, has 13 apartments for rent to Harvard affiliates. See Housing at the CSWR.
Cronkhite Graduate Center is a dormitory for Harvard graduate students that invites applications from HDS students. It has a mandatory meal plan. Application for a place in this residence is different from the HRES process, and contracts for residence run only for the academic year.