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Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:41 pm
by QuentonCassidy
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I'M STILL MAKING A DECISION...

ADMITTED STUDENTS WEEKEND

HOUSING
(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.

Dorms
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.

Off-Campus
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~~

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:44 pm
by QuentonCassidy
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Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:49 pm
by maracuya
Yay!!!!

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:51 pm
by Euthyphro
Checking in.
I'd love to connect with anyone going to the April 16-17th ASW or living in Atlanta area!

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:41 pm
by Oskosh
Haha, had to select SCOTUS and bragging rights at my high school reunion, which would be taking place the semester I graduate from Harvard.

Checking in! Had my JS1 in the middle of December, and got the JS2 call early January.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:11 am
by jetsfan1
Checking in, great job with the OP Bobcat!

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:19 am
by Valamar
Checking in!

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:26 am
by Aragorn
Checking in! Anyone else going to the first ASW?

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:38 pm
by JedBartlet2016
Checking in!!! Just booked my flight for the first ASW!

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:31 pm
by EnderWiggin
Checking in!

This still doesn't feel real. Just got the Admitted students packet today in the mail and now I know what love is

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:59 pm
by curious bobcat
EnderWiggin wrote:Checking in!

This still doesn't feel real. Just got the Admitted students packet today in the mail and now I know what love is


Every evening I come home to be disappointed that mine has not arrived. Here's to hoping it is there when I get back today. Anything particularly noteworthy?

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:19 pm
by EnderWiggin
curious bobcat wrote:
EnderWiggin wrote:Checking in!

This still doesn't feel real. Just got the Admitted students packet today in the mail and now I know what love is


Every evening I come to be disappointed that mine has not arrived. Here's to hoping it is there when I get back today. Anything particularly noteworthy?


There's some important info re: admitted students checklist that includes information you'll need for committing. The best parts are the letter signed by JS and the keychain though 8)

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:41 pm
by condensation
Checking in! Headed to the second ASW

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:15 pm
by Aragorn
EnderWiggin wrote:
curious bobcat wrote:
EnderWiggin wrote:Checking in!

This still doesn't feel real. Just got the Admitted students packet today in the mail and now I know what love is


Every evening I come to be disappointed that mine has not arrived. Here's to hoping it is there when I get back today. Anything particularly noteworthy?


There's some important info re: admitted students checklist that includes information you'll need for committing. The best parts are the letter signed by JS and the keychain though 8)


Pretty much all this and more is online too though! Except of course the "hardware" :wink:

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:20 pm
by cantorb
Checking in - Thanks curiousbobcat!

Great job on the OP, and do not let Hilde take over the polls when she gets accepted.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:21 pm
by maracuya
My packet finally arrived last night! A little ripped, but still glorious.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:14 pm
by JedBartlet2016
This keychain is beautiful

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:41 pm
by WinterComing
My admitted students packet was lost in the mail, so I asked Harvard to send me a new one. Then they both showed up on the same day, so I'm basically swimming in key chains over here.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:54 am
by texasellewoods
Is anyone coming with an SO/family?

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:46 pm
by JedBartlet2016
texasellewoods wrote:Is anyone coming with an SO/family?


Do you mean for ASW or in August?

For ASW, my partner and I decided it would be better to plan an alternative trip for us to visit Cambridge together, as ASW seems like a good opportunity for me to meet future classmates. We are planning to move together in August and will be starting the apartment search soon.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:02 pm
by slippin_jimmy
Checking in, but also reading TLS threads about debt and wanting to back away.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:10 pm
by Aragorn
texasellewoods wrote:Is anyone coming with an SO/family?


Yes, my SO (of eight years) and I will do a two-week trip to the US around Easter and will attend the ASW together.
Main reason is that we are flying over from Europe and both working right now, so we don't have the time to do two trips.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:13 pm
by curious bobcat
texasellewoods wrote:Is anyone coming with an SO/family?


I'm going solo. The ASW page notes that the programming for guests is pretty limited and that most attendees don't bring guests.

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:22 pm
by cc1012
curious bobcat wrote:
texasellewoods wrote:Is anyone coming with an SO/family?


I'm going solo. The ASW page notes that the programming for guests is pretty limited and that most attendees don't bring guests.


How is everyone logging in to the admitted students pages? Is there a login that we received or need to create?

Re: Harvard C/O 2019

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:34 pm
by JedBartlet2016
cc1012 wrote:
curious bobcat wrote:
texasellewoods wrote:Is anyone coming with an SO/family?


I'm going solo. The ASW page notes that the programming for guests is pretty limited and that most attendees don't bring guests.


How is everyone logging in to the admitted students pages? Is there a login that we received or need to create?


Once you login to your Harvard Email, you should see an email from help@law.harvard.edu titled HLS Electronic Account Information. It has your username (jbartlet.jd19) and links to create a password.