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COVID-19 Update: All 2021 Harvard Summer School courses and activities will be offered online.

Please note: Housing is not available for 2021. Learn more. Please contact our office at if you have any housing-related questions.

Housing Eligibility

To be eligible for on-campus housing, you must meet the following requirements:

Adult and College Students

On-campus housing and dining will not be available this summer.

Secondary School Program Students

On-campus housing and dining will not be available this summer.

Pre-College Program Students

On-campus housing and dining will not be available this summer.

Immunization Requirement

If you live on campus, you must also comply with Massachusetts and Harvard University immunization requirements.

Gender-Inclusive Housing Requests

Harvard Summer School seeks to provide a welcoming, safe, supportive, and comfortable living environment to all gender identities. If you require a gender-inclusive housing assignment, we can provide you with a personal and confidential assessment of your available options.

To discuss your interest and available options, please contact the Summer School Housing Office at

Married and Family Student Housing

Harvard Summer School does not offer married or family student housing. 

Students With Disabilities

The Accessibility Services Office offers a variety of accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities, permanent and temporary injuries, and chronic conditions. If you are a student with a disability, the Accessibility Services Office engages you in an interactive process to provide you an equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from our residential programs.

Single Room Requests

There are a limited number of single rooms available during the summer. As such, single room requests will only be considered when accompanied by a request for accommodation form and appropriate medical documentation indicating that such an assignment is necessary to allow you to fully participate in the summer school program. Decisions regarding single room accommodations are made by the Accessibility Services Office and may require additional information.

In general, the hope is for students to experience a residential college setting while here, which means having a roommate and participating in residential activities. The Accessibility Services Office will work with you to determine appropriate accommodations in the curricular, co-curricular, and residential spaces. For additional information, please see Accessibility Services.

Housing Assignments

Housing will be assigned to eligible students who meet the requirements specified above. In the unlikely event that we fill adult and college housing overnight, priority will be given to those students who met all eligibility requirements earliest. Should this occur, and we determine we must cancel your housing request, you will be notified via email within two business days and will receive a full refund of room and board charges.

Please note building, room, and roommate requests cannot be honored. See Your Room to learn more about room assignments and roommates.

Housing Cancellation

You may cancel your housing request via online services through the full room and board refund deadline for your session. After this date, you must submit a signed course registration changes and Summer School housing cancellation form to the Housing Office. Email and telephone requests are not accepted. No other method of notification, including failure to move in or verbal notification, is accepted. If you drop or withdraw from all Summer School courses, you are no longer eligible for housing (see Course Changes and Withdrawals).

Cancellation and Refund Deadlines

If you cancel housing, the amount of your refund depends on the session for which you requested housing and the date your cancellation is submitted online or received at 51 Brattle Street. 

To determine your refund, refer to the housing deadlines listed in your program or session calendar. See Refunds for additional information.