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Harvard College Campus Life

Community Life Around the Yard

As a freshman, you will live with your classmates in or adjacent to Harvard Yard, the University's historic hub. The Yard is the site of newly renovated classrooms, dormitories sheltered by ancient trees, and Widener Library, the heart of the world's largest university library system.

During your first year, you will take your meals in stately Annenberg Hall, the freshman dining hall. Here you will meet friends and enjoy interesting conversations with classmates from around the world.

With every aspect of the freshman experience, we work to ensure your first year is a stimulating and seamless transition into the Harvard community.

Freshman Suites

Freshmen residence hall assignments are carefully arranged by our Dean of Students First-Year Experience Office. You will be placed in a suite (rather than a specific room) with other freshmen. Most residences in the Yard contain doubles, which usually consist of one fairly large room with a shared bath (very few singles are available). Some suites have their own bathrooms, but most students share a bathroom with other suites.

Extracurricular activities

Campus-wide undergraduate activities are organized by the Freshman Dean's Office, the Houses, or the Office of Student Life, in addition to those created by students themselves. Many are designed specifically for freshmen, including arts, intramural athletics, social events, and the "Reflecting on Your Life" series.

Get to know Boston and Cambridge

Cambridge is part cosmopolitan city, part laid-back college town. More than chowder and the Red Sox, Boston and Cambridge come together to create a diverse, stimulating setting for your undergraduate years.

Organized around traditional town greens, tree-lined squares, and the grassy banks of the Charles River, Cambridge is one of metropolitan Boston's vital urban centers. Harvard is at the heart of Cambridge, giving you immediate access to the city's dense mixture of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

Visit us

Stroll through Harvard Yard, ask Admissions staff all your questions, and feel the warmth of the Harvard community. See our tour dates and times

Reviews Food and Dining
  • Aus10
  • 4
  • Most students complain loudly about the quality of food here, but they have obviously never been to public school. It's really fine, some days better than others, but it keeps…

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  • Kayla
  • 4
  • You can explore and eat. Most like to go into the city and eat off campus but going into the dining hall you can get mixed with all grades and…

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  • Current Sophomore
  • 4
  • Meal plan is unlimited, and dining halls double as social spaces. The freshman dining hall is cool and historical, as well as conveniently located, the food isn't as good there…

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Reviews Dorm Life
  • Current Sophomore
  • 4
  • I actually really like how freshmen all eat in the same dhall, you make friends there before you move into the Houses, so you'll have friends outside of them. House…

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  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • 5
  • The advisers, especially freshman year, are absolutely incredible and foster an amazing sense of family. Plus, imagine living among some of the most talented and intellectually stimulating students in the…

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  • Aus10
  • 2
  • I was in a suite of six guys this last year, with a size comparable to an abnormally large shoebox. No internal cooling, but there is heat for the winter.…

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  • Sarah from Manchester, NH
  • 5
  • Harvard cares very strongly about dorm life, since it is an invaluable part of community building. Freshman dorms are some of the best in the country, with many students having…

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  • CLAUDIA from CAMBRIDGE, MA
  • 4
  • The dorms or living arrangements can vary very much. Some students live in suites, others in singles and doubles. Some dorms are very large and beautiful, like those in Apley,…

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Reviews Greek Life
  • Aus10
  • 0
  • Disclaimer: The current president (Drew Faust, stepping down in 2018) and Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana are trying to shut down anything that even resembles greek life or single…

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Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Aus10
  • I am a current student here

    Most students complain loudly about the quality of food here, but they have obviously never been to public school. It's really fine, some days better than others, but it keeps you alive.

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  • 4
  • Severus Snape
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    As I have not yet visited campus, I cannot comment on this, but I have heard that it's good.

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  • 4
  • Kayla
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    You can explore and eat. Most like to go into the city and eat off campus but going into the dining hall you can get mixed with all grades and have a grand time.

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  • 2
  • Chelsy, from Wisconsin
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    pretty good plenty things to eat on campus besides the dining hall ive heard

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  • 4
  • Current Sophomore
  • I am a current student here

    Meal plan is unlimited, and dining halls double as social spaces. The freshman dining hall is cool and historical, as well as conveniently located, the food isn't as good there as the Houses, but it's not bad. The food gets better the less central the dhall. HUDS is really responsive to feedback and the workers are usually really friendly and helpful. The food, in comparison to other colleges, is mostly average (with both really good and bad days), but there is always something to eat �¢���� if not in the main options at least at the grill.

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  • 4
  • Lenny from Brooklyn, NY
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    It depends on your own taste on which you eat on a daily occurrence also what your able to eat.

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  • 3
  • Arlett from Monticello, MN
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I heard from another individual that the food is not very good, but that is a matter of opinion.

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  • 3
  • Kayleen from Westfield, MA
  • I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    I don't know, I haven't been on campus to eat. There are some great pizza places and a mexican restaraunt within walking distance!

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Aus10
  • I am a current student here

    Disclaimer: The current president (Drew Faust, stepping down in 2018) and Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana are trying to shut down anything that even resembles greek life or single gender organizations. Starting with the Class of 2021, if you join an "Unrecognized Single Gender Organization," you will be barred from being President of any recognized organization on campus, and the faculty aren't allowed to write letters of recommendation or support students looking toward opportunities such as Marshal or Rhodes scholars. If you want to be supported by the administration with your activities, don't come here for Greek Life. There is rampant gender discrimination by the administration pertaining to this issue as well, with different standards for all-male and all-female organizations. The administration moving forward is handling this matter excessively poorly, so I would recommend looking somewhere else if this is on your must-do list. That said, all of my interactions with Greek organizations have been excellent. The people are really all top notch and a lot of fun. Final Clubs are a little more sketchy/edgy, but they're also an option I suppose.

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  • 0
  • student from Chicago
  • I am a current student here

    Exists, but is a minor part of campus life. It is there as much as you want it to be. Dont expect Animal House, however.

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  • 0
  • Zoe from Las Vegas, NV
  • I am a current student here

    There are fraternities and sororities, but Harvard also has a system of Finals Clubs which are very similar, but have a pretty vast history.

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  • 0
  • Cat from Cambridge, MA
  • I am a current student here

    Definitely part of the social scene but not the normal. We also have finals clubs, which is a similar institution to a fraternity

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  • 0
  • Frederic from Scarsdale, NY
  • I am a current student here

    There are two fraternities and three sororities. They have parties and stuff, and rush week is kind of a big thing, but they are not a huge part of campus life.

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  • 0
  • Isa from Henderson, NV
  • I am a current student here

    There are frats/sororities, but many people don't go into them because students associate more than anything with their dorm houses.

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