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Housing in Harvard College dorms and undergraduate Houses includes a meal plan. Summer 2024 costs $6,650 for the 7-Week session, $3,800 for the 4-Week session, and $2,850 for a 3-Week session.

Adult and visiting college students, as well as students in the Secondary School Program, have the option to live on campus in Cambridge. The Pre-College Program is a fully residential program.

Housing Eligibility

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

Adult and College Students

  • Register for eligible courses by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Eligible courses are defined as courses that are not independent study courses, thesis courses, or MGMT S-10. Students enrolled in one or more ineligible courses may only request housing if they are also enrolled in an eligible course, and the length of stay will correspond to the dates of the eligible course. If you do not register for at least one eligible course before 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, you will not be able to request housing.
  • After completing your course registration, visit your MyDCE account. You will be able to view a link to the housing request page in the “My Tasks” section of your MyDCE account within one or two business days of your completed course registration. Please note: you will need to claim your Harvard Key (available to claim once you have your Harvard ID number) in order to access the housing request. Charges will post to your account within two business days of submitting the housing request. The deadline to request housing is 12 p.m. ET on Monday, May 13, 2024.
  • Submit full payment for tuition, room and meal plan, and all other fees by the full payment deadline of Monday, May 13, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. See Tuition, Fees, and Payment.
  • Meet all requirements early, but no later than the specific deadlines (all times listed are Eastern Time).
    • Course registration for housing eligibility deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Housing request deadline: Monday, May 13, 2024, at 12 p.m.
    • Full payment deadline: Monday, May 13, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

On-campus housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to adult and college students who submit a housing request and meet all requirements. If you do not meet all requirements by the full payment deadline (or earlier if all spaces are filled with eligible students before this date), you will not be eligible for housing and your request will be canceled by the Summer School.

Switching Housing Sessions

For adult and college students, on-campus housing is available for each 3-Week session, the 4-Week session, and the 7-Week session. You may request on-campus housing for the session(s) in which you are registering for a course. Please note, if you register for a course in both 3-Week sessions, or the first 3-Week session and the 4-Week session, you must request housing for both sessions.

If you have already requested housing, and you add or drop a course that results in your attending a different session, the status of your housing request and your room assignment (if housing has already been assigned) will change within one business day, and your room and meal plan charges may be affected. Please note, this applies if you switch between 3-Week sessions or switch between a 3-Week session and the 7-Week session, or vice versa.

Please contact the Summer School Housing Office at SummerHousing@Summer.Harvard.edu prior to making course registration changes to discuss the impact that adding or dropping a course will have on your housing request.

Secondary School Program Students

  • Register for courses. You must be enrolled in eight credits if you are in the 7-Week program, and four credits if you are in the 4-Week program. After you have registered, a housing request will be submitted on your behalf by the Secondary School Program. Charges will post to your account within two business days of when you registered for your course(s). This will only happen for residential students; online and commuter students will not have housing requests made on their behalf or receive housing charges.
  • Submit full payment for tuition, room and meal plan, and all other fees by the full payment deadline. See Program Cost. Room and meal plan fees will post to your account one to two business days after you register for courses.

Meet all requirements early, but no later than the full payment deadline of Monday, May 13, 2024. If you do not meet all requirements by this deadline, you will not be eligible for housing, and the housing request made for you by the Summer School will be canceled. You will then need to change your participation status for the Secondary School Program to online or commuting.

Pre-College Program Students

  • Register for a course. After you have registered, a housing request will be made on your behalf by the Pre-College Program.
  • Submit full payment for the program fee and all other fees by the Pre-College full payment deadline. See Program Cost.

Meet all requirements early, but no later than the Pre-College full payment deadline of April 9, 2024. If you do not meet all requirements by the deadline, you will not be eligible for housing, and you will be withdrawn from your program.

Immunization Requirement

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

Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan

All residential students are automatically enrolled in and covered by the Summer School’s Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, with Global Assistance Services.  This plan is provided by On Call International and is considered secondary coverage to your own health insurance plan. On Call International responds to critical medical or safety emergencies and can also help you resolve non-critical day to day travel problems any time you are participating in a Harvard Summer School program. 

See the Harvard Summer School Student Handbook for information on using Harvard University Health Services (HUHS).  

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 private assessment of your available options.

It is important to contact us early in the process, but no later than the full payment deadline for your program, so that we may offer the widest range of housing options.

To discuss your interest and available options, please contact the Summer School Housing Office at SummerHousing@Summer.Harvard.edu.

Married and Family Student Housing

Harvard Summer School does not offer married or family student housing. Please visit Living Off Campus for off-campus accommodations.

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 with an equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from our residential programs.

To be considered for a specific housing accommodation, you must submit a request and appropriate medical documentation to the Accessibility Services Office as early as possible, but no later than May 13, 2024. To learn how to submit a request, and for additional information regarding accommodations, please see our Accessibility Services page.

Single Room Requests

There are a limited number of single rooms available during the summer. As such, single room requests will only be considered if you have submitted an accommodation request to the Accessibility Services Office along with 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 meal plan charges.

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

Housing Cancellation

The housing task in the “My Tasks” section of your MyDCE account will provide the link to cancel your housing request through the full payment deadline. After this date, you must email the Housing Office at SummerHousing@Summer.Harvard.edu from the email address that is a part of your student record if you want to cancel your housing request. No other method of notification, including failure to move in or verbal notification, is accepted. If you drop or withdraw from all eligible Summer School courses, you are no longer eligible for housing (see Course Changes and Withdrawals).

Secondary School Program students: if you wish to cancel housing but remain enrolled in courses, you must contact the Secondary School Program Office for approval.

Pre-College Program students: you must live in on-campus housing.

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 in the Housing inbox.

To determine your refund, refer to the chart below. See Refunds for additional information on how refunds will be issued.

7-Week Session

Time Period Refund Amount
March 3 – May 13, 2024 $6,650
May 14 – June 26, 2024 $5,222
June 27 – July 1, 2024 $2,772
July 2 – July 8, 2024 $2,310
July 9 – July 15, 2024 $1,848
July 16 – July 22, 2024 $1,386
July 23 – July 29, 2024 $924
July 30 – August 5, 2024 $462
August 6 – August 9, 2024 $0

4-Week Session

Time Period Refund Amount
March 3 – May 13, 2024 $3,800
May 14 – July 17, 2024 $2,984
July 18 – July 22, 2024 $1,320
July 23 – July 29, 2024 $880
July 30 – August 5, 2024 $440
August 6 – August 9, 2024 $0

3-Week Session I

Time Period Refund Amount
March 3 – May 13, 2024 $2,850
May 14 – June 26, 2024 $2,238
June 27 – July 1, 2024 $792
July 2 – July 8, 2024 $396
July 9 – July 12, 2024 $0

3-Week Session II

Time Period Refund Amount
March 3 – May 13, 2024 $2,850
May 14 – July 17, 2024 $2,238
July 18 – July 22, 2024 $792
July 23 – July 29, 2024 $396
July 30 – August 2, 2024 $0

3-Week Session I & II

Time Period Refund Amount
March 3 – May 13, 2024 $5,700
May 14 – June 26, 2024 $4,476
June 27 – July 1, 2024 $2,112
July 2 – July 8, 2024 $1,584
July 9 – July 15, 2024 $1,188
July 16 – July 22, 2024 $792
July 23 – July 29, 2024 $396
July 30 – August 2, 2024 $0