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ADMITTED STUDENTS WEEKEND
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- Accommodations for ASW
- April 1/2 and April 16/17
- The itinerary and registration will be opened closer to the date
- HLS encourages visitors to travel by way of public transportation instead of cars because of the extremely limited parking.
- You are eligible for some level of reimbursement for ASW if you received a fee waiver.
- Google Doc coordinating TLS meet-up during ASW weekends
(Credit to Horsethief's C/O 2018 thread last year. Used a lot of his/her material.)
There are three types of living options around HLS: dorms, Harvard apartments (HUH), and off-campus apartments.
Note: All dorms come fully furnished. They are available for 9-month leases, no extra fees, all utilities included.
- Gropius (~$770-$1,260) all singles, shared bathroom and kitchens. No AC, twin beds. Was recently renovated, so may be nicer than the photos suggest. In-depth TLS analysis of the buildings and rooms.
- Hastings (~$1,185-$15,30) studios, 1BR and 2BR suites, shared bathroom and kitchens. No AC, twin beds. Older rooms, but comfortable.
- North (~$1,230-$1,600) hotel-style singles and 2BR suites, private baths, shared kitchens. AC included. Recently renovated, I haven't heard about too many complaints.
- HLS Apartments (~$1,400-$2,000) Three houses with very different apartment capacities, styles, and prices. Fully furnished, private baths, "limited and seasonal" control of AC and heating. Returning students given priority.
- specific prices for each unit found here
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. 5 min. walk to campus.
- Botanical Garden (~$1,000-$2,000) 1BR, 2BR, 3BR with private baths and kitchen. Larger and nicer than 29 Garden. About 9 min. walk to camus
- There are many other options around the campus, but the above three are the closest and most popular among law students. More HUH apartments can be found here.
HarvardHousingOffCampus is a University-wide site for finding off-campus housing, roommates, etc.
- Directly around campus: "Apartments around Harvard Square will be VERY expensive- $1600+ for a 1BR, $2400+ for a 2BR.” -jimbeam21
- Porter Square: North of campus (13min by foot, 8min by train)
- Davis Square: North of campus (24min by foot, 16min by train). "You can probably find a 1BR in Davis 5-10 min from the train around $1100; 2BR are even cheaper per room. Both areas are very student-dense, but very young-professional friendly.”-jimbeam21
- Inman Square: East of campus (10-15min by foot, 20 by train).
- Brighton: " while its cheap, you'll be stuck on the B train of the Green line- which is a nightmare. That area is also very student-dense, but in a trashy kind of way. The housing options are very run-down and it will be constantly loud.” -jimbeam21
- Allston- SW of campus, across the river (30min by foot, 60 by train). “A cheaper option that is bus-accessible to Harvard, but prepare to be surrounded by undergrads and bars. If you're not bus-adverse and you have a family or a spouse that commutes outside the city, you might consider some parts of Arlington. It's a suburb just north of Somerville/North Cambridge but has a few major bus lines.”-delilah88
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.
When to look: Late May, June, or July. If you want to live off-campus, you will probably want to get a broker whose fees will usually be equal to the first month of rent. Some of the best apartments seem to get signed during ASW, so if you find something you like, jump on it quickly.
What price is right: You probably won’t be able to find anything for less than $1000/month unless you want to live underground or get a roommate. However, the further from campus you go, the cheaper it will be.
Renter’s Insurance: Policies were around $150 in 2011 for a 1 BR apartment.
If you're looking for off campus apartments or roommates, here are a few options:
- HarvardHousingOffCampus: The aforementioned website that list apartments and offers a roommate matching program.
- Walk around looking at apartments that are for rent, try to get lucky. Is difficult, but often nets the best results.
- HLS List: Current students are posting their flats here.
- Craigslist: Lots of postings, just watch out for scams.
- Post on TLS. Duh.
*Credit to curious bobcat for their awesome hard work on this OP*
~~Credit to the magnanimous Hildegard15 for her amazing work done on the HLS C/O 2019 Applicants thread~~