Residential Buildings and Rooms
On-campus residential buildings have various configurations. All buildings are coed. Most buildings have suites, typically featuring a common room, two to four bedrooms, and a shared bathroom. Other buildings have rooms off a hallway with a shared bath. Some bedrooms have bunk beds. All rooms and bathrooms are single sex. Rooms are not air conditioned. Please note building or room requests cannot be honored.
Roommates and Room Assignments
The Summer School houses students by program, session, age range, availability, and legal sex. Your roommate(s) may come from all over the world. Often, English-speaking students live with students whose native language is not English. Because getting to know new people is a valuable part of the Summer School experience, roommate requests cannot be honored.
In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Summer School does not release information about roommates. The Summer School reserves the right to make any changes in room assignments that it deems advisable.
Choosing a Bed
You are required to wait for the arrival of your roommate(s) before choosing a bed. This provides an early opportunity for you and your roommate(s) to establish a pattern of working together constructively. You and your roommate(s) should seek guidance from your proctor if you ever need help resolving a dispute of any kind.
Although you may share your room/suite with one, two, three, four, or five roommates, each student is provided with their own furniture. Please note that students are not permitted to remove any Harvard-owned furniture from their rooms. Everything you bring must be kept in your room or suite. Items left in the hallways, stairways, basements, or common areas are a fire and egress hazard, and will be removed and discarded. Rooms are not equipped with cable television service.
You are allocated one each of the following items:
- Box or ceiling fan per bedroom
- Built-in closet or free-standing wardrobe
- Desk with matching chair
- Chest of drawers (with five drawers)
- Standard, twin extra-long bed and mattress (39” x 80”)
- Floor lamp (though we do recommend bringing a desk or additional lamp)
- Bin for recycling and compost
You may also find the following information helpful as you prepare to live on campus this summer:
What To Bring
When planning what to bring with you, it is best to keep in mind that all dorm rooms are small, and you will not know in advance the configuration of your specific space or those with whom you will share it. In general, you should err on the side of bringing less. Chances are that if you wish you had brought something, either a roommate will have brought it, or you can purchase or rent what you need in or around Harvard Square.
You are encouraged to bring the following items. (See below):
- Alarm clock
- Cell phone or calling card to make local and long distance calls
- Clothes hangers
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Desk lamp
- Dryer sheets
- Government-issued photo ID
- Iron/ironing board
- Laundry bag/basket and drying rack
- Laundry detergent
- Light jacket
- Flat sheet: 66″ x 102″ or 167 cm x 259 cm
- Fitted sheet: 39″ x 80″ or 99 cm x 203 cm
- Mattress pad/topper
- School supplies
- Shower caddy
- Shower shoes
- Small appliances (electric voltage no more than 100-V, 60 cycles)
- Surge protector/power strip
- Waste basket
What Not To Bring
Several items are prohibited inside the dormitories and MUST be left at home, including:
- 2.4 GHz cordless telephone*
- Air conditioners**
- Candles or incense
- Cleaners containing ammonia or chlorine
- Cooking appliances, such as:
- Boiler/toaster oven
- Coffee maker/Keurigs/tea kettles
- Grilling machine
- Hot plate
- Hot pot
- Popcorn popper
- Rice cooker
- Sandwich maker
- Dart boards
- Exercise equipment
- Explosives of any kind
- Firearms (including BB and pellet guns)***
- Hoverboards, self-balancing boards, two-wheeled Segways, and similar devices
- Pest control products
- Pets of any kind
- Space heaters
- Various prohibited lamps, including:
- Lava lamps
- Halogen lamps
- Oil burning lamps
- Weapons of any kind***
*2.4 GHz cordless telephones cause interference with most wireless computer networks, including the Harvard wireless network; therefore, if cordless telephones are desired, it is strongly recommended that only 900 MHz or 5 GHz models be used in Harvard buildings.
Residences are not air-conditioned; window and portable air conditioner units are not permitted in residential buildings unless otherwise approved by the Accessibility Services Office. An air conditioner will be installed for approved students who require air conditioning for disability-related reasons.
***Possession of firearms or weapons is a violation of both Massachusetts law and Harvard University regulations, and subjects students to serious disciplinary action. The Harvard Police have defined dangerous weapons to be ones designed to do bodily harm such as a stiletto, ballistic knife, brass knuckles, billy club, or a blackjack. Martial arts items such as throwing stars, kung fu sticks, and nunchaku sticks are included in the category of dangerous weapons. Any of these prohibited items is subject to confiscation.