Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

(housing, friendships, future exams, all things 2020)

Where are you gonna live?

On-Campus HLS housing
20
33%
Off-Campus Harvard University Housing
8
13%
Central Sq.
0
No votes
Davis Sq./Somerville
4
7%
Harvard Sq.
16
27%
Inman Sq.
2
3%
Kendall Sq.
0
No votes
Porter Sq.
5
8%
Other
5
8%
 
Total votes: 60

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby pretzeltime » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:06 pm

galeatus wrote:
ayylmao wrote:Anyone know how long I can wait to accept my offer and apply for housing and still have a very good shot at Gropius? I'd like to wait until I visit Stanford next weekend, at least.


Pretty sure as long as you apply before the 28th you'll be fine, the time you submit the application bears no relation to the outcome of the lottery


Wait lol they make the housing lottery deadline 2 days before the deposit deadline? Ruuuuude

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby HonestlyThough » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:39 pm

Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby pretzeltime » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:47 pm

HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?


Yeah, my understanding is that you can look at your options when it's your turn and if you don't want any of them you don't have to take em.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby HonestlyThough » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:50 pm

pretzeltime wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?


Yeah, my understanding is that you can look at your options when it's your turn and if you don't want any of them you don't have to take em.


Into the lottery I go!
I need a kitchen, basically.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby KateMcKitten » Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:53 pm

HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

Me! I'm living non-H housing for sure.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby HonestlyThough » Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:22 pm

KateMcKitten wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

Me! I'm living non-H housing for sure.


well that doesn't surprise me one bit ;)

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby R. Jeeves » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:12 pm

KateMcKitten wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

Me! I'm living non-H housing for sure.

Same. Already live in non-harvard housing located very close to H square. Gonna resign my lease in a week or two.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby HonestlyThough » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:08 pm

R. Jeeves wrote:
KateMcKitten wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

Me! I'm living non-H housing for sure.

Same. Already live in non-harvard housing located very close to H square. Gonna resign my lease in a week or two.


Since you seem to know the area, do you mind me asking if there are any "must avoid" zones?

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby KateMcKitten » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:25 pm

HonestlyThough wrote:
KateMcKitten wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

Me! I'm living non-H housing for sure.


well that doesn't surprise me one bit ;)

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Well there are several reasons (mostly bc I already have a place courtesy of the gf) but also because it's generally cheaper unless you're looking for a 3 bedroom. I do have access to a spreadsheet of 3Ls courtesy listing their places on the chance you'd like to take them over. Let me see where it is and I can post it here.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby VapidP » Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:25 am

How does one find roommates? Just through the roommate tab on the housing portal? Or through the facebook page? How are y'all doing it.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby alpha kenny body » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:38 pm

HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

I just signed a lease for an apartment in Beacon Hill. I definitely want the Cambridge during the day, and Boston in the night/weekends lifestyle.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby HonestlyThough » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:45 pm

fips tedora wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

I just signed a lease for an apartment in Beacon Hill. I definitely want the Cambridge during the day, and Boston in the night/weekends lifestyle.

Youre on top of things! Congrats

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby R. Jeeves » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:47 pm

HonestlyThough wrote:
R. Jeeves wrote:
KateMcKitten wrote:
HonestlyThough wrote:Does anyone know if you can apply for the housing lottery but later choose not to take anything? I think I'd maybe prefer to live off campus in non-university housing, but I'm unsure.

Also, who else is thinking non-harvard housing?

Me! I'm living non-H housing for sure.

Same. Already live in non-harvard housing located very close to H square. Gonna resign my lease in a week or two.


Since you seem to know the area, do you mind me asking if there are any "must avoid" zones?

i cant really think of anywhere that would be that unsafe in cambridge/somerville tbh

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby kiwi50 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:52 pm

i'm attempting to apply for Harvard University Housing (not HLS housing) or private off-campus housing. Do people know of good ways to find roommates? i've been out of school for three years, so i can't go back to dorm life!

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby KateMcKitten » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:03 pm

kiwi50 wrote:i'm attempting to apply for Harvard University Housing (not HLS housing) or private off-campus housing. Do people know of good ways to find roommates? i've been out of school for three years, so i can't go back to dorm life!

My gf (a 1L) found roommates through the FB group. She set up a brunch to meet other people living in her city, then hit it off from there.

One *major* note about living off-campus: almost all leases in the area start either June 1 or September 1. As our classes start August 30, we are shit out of luck for the first 2 days of school if we pick places starting September 1, or we're paying an extra 3 months of rent for places starting June 1.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby kiwi50 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:07 pm

wow, great idea. thanks Kate! :) yeah the June 1/ Sept 1 lease situation is awful. neither option is in our favor!

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Postby KateMcKitten » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:10 pm

kiwi50 wrote:wow, great idea. thanks Kate! :) yeah the June 1/ Sept 1 lease situation is awful. neither option is in our favor!

Anytime :mrgreen: She said several people did September 1 leases and stayed in an AirBnb the first week, moving into their place over Labor Day weekend.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby ayylmao » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:55 pm

galeatus wrote:
ayylmao wrote:Anyone know how long I can wait to accept my offer and apply for housing and still have a very good shot at Gropius? I'd like to wait until I visit Stanford next weekend, at least.


Pretty sure as long as you apply before the 28th you'll be fine, the time you submit the application bears no relation to the outcome of the lottery

Just confirmed this on their site, thanks.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby LHS17 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:34 pm

kiwi50 wrote:i'm attempting to apply for Harvard University Housing (not HLS housing) or private off-campus housing. Do people know of good ways to find roommates? i've been out of school for three years, so i can't go back to dorm life!


Yeah I'm 29. Neither want dorm life nor a messy roommate, but roommate might be unavoidable. Unless of course there's a way around the 180k.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby poliksa » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:59 am

AnonHumanPerson123 wrote:Has anyone received their financial aid award yet?


For those who received their financial aid awards, how did you get it (through HLS email, personal email, etc.)? And about how long did it take after you got the email that your finaid application was complete?

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby KateMcKitten » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:36 pm

Hey y'all I finally tracked down the URL of the Google spreadsheet of 3L pass-down housing I promised a while back!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

NOTE: You have to have accepted your HLS offer to view the spreadsheet, as you have to have a "current student" account to view it rather than an "admitted student" account.

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby GorillaWarfare » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:56 pm

Got an email about HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe). Anyone thinking about doing this program?

Also --- anyone have experience living off-campus, not in the immediate area? I have a family, so trying to find semi-affordable housing. It looks like I'll be a bit away from Cambridge, but I figure it won't be too bad as long as I'm near the red line. Anyone know of good areas, or areas to avoid?

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Re: Harvard Law School - Class of 2020

Postby eileengrey » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:51 pm

GorillaWarfare wrote:Got an email about HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe). Anyone thinking about doing this program?

Also --- anyone have experience living off-campus, not in the immediate area? I have a family, so trying to find semi-affordable housing. It looks like I'll be a bit away from Cambridge, but I figure it won't be too bad as long as I'm near the red line. Anyone know of good areas, or areas to avoid?


I'm definitely thinking about doing the program.I don't really have any background or experience in business.
I don't know anything about the areas, I am moving with my spouse and dog, so I am a little worried about options for housing. I did have a friend who commuted around an hour to Harvard (for a different grad program). I know it really wore her out and made it hard to work with other students and build relationships. I'm guessing you aren't planning on being that far away, though.

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