There are 3 types of options around HLS: dorms, Harvard apartments (HUH), and off-campus apartments. All prices below have been modified to a per-room price (aka a 3BR at $3,000/month would be listed as $1,000). Dorms
Note: All dorms come fully furnished. They are available for 9-month leases, no extra fees, all utilities included. More info here (LinkRemoved). Gropius
(~$770-$1,260) all singles, shared bathroom and kitchens. Hastings
(~$1,185-$15,30) studios, 1BR and 2BR suites, shared bathroom and kitchens. North
(~$1,230-$1,600) singles and 2BR suites, private baths, shared kitchens. HLS Apartments
(~$1,375-$2,000) studios and singles in houses, private and shared baths, shared kitchens. Cronkhite Center
($1,140-1,450) Technically this is HUH, but the rooms are essentially dorm rooms like Gropius. These rooms are open to the entire university. Harvard University Housing
Note: These rooms do not come furnished. They are available for 1-year leases, then 9-months when you’re a 3L. Subletting tends to be easy over the summer. No extra fees, all utilities included. More info here
. Terry Terrace
(~$1,200-$2,100) Right across from the WCC, studios, 1BR and 2BR, private bathroom and kitchen. 29 Garden Street
(~$1,000-$2,200) A few blocks west of the law campus, studios, 1BR, 2BR, and 3BR, private bathroom and kitchen.
There are many other options around the campus, but the above two are the closest and most popular among law students. More HUH apartments can be found here
The first post of this thread has lots of info, but I’ll give a brief summary here. The most popular neighborhoods for law students are Cambridge, Porter Square, Davis Square and Sommerville (in order of decreasing price/increasing distance from campus). Around Cambridge, studios run upwards of $1,600. By the time you get out to Sommerville, prices will have dropped to less than $1,000 for a studio.
Note that in Boston, you will often have to pay the first and last month’s rent as a deposit, plus a broker fee equal to month’s rent. Leases are 1yr, tend to start 9/1, and not all landlords will allow you to sublet over the summer.
From what I’ve gathered, there are three ways to look for apartments:
HOW TO FIND A ROOMMATE
- Walk around, try to get lucky. Is difficult, but often nets the best results.
- HLS List: Current students are posting their flats here. It’s flooded with summer sublets right now, but a few people are looking for roommates for next year.
- Craigslist: Lots of postings, just watch out for scams.
Harvard has a multitude of ways to find roommates, so I’ll list a few here.
- Post on TLS. Duh.
- HRES Roommate Click: Extremely cumbersome, but has the widest reach of any roommate service. Run by Harvard, this is available to all university students. Law students have used it in the past to find roommates, and this option is especially good if you would prefer to live with a non-HLS students.
- Roomie2Roomie I don’t have much info on this. It appears to be a new system set up by HBS students. Kind of like OkCupid for roommates. I’ll update this when they’ve sent me my matches.