Receive and Return a Lease or Housing Contract

Receive and Return a Lease or Housing Contract

  • Your unit selection will be reviewed by a leasing coordinator. If approved, leasing will send an email (typically within two business days) directing you to log in to the applicant portal to electronically sign your lease or housing contract documents. 
  • The email and lease or housing contract will state the specific due date for you to electronically sign all required documents and submit your initial rent prepayment by credit card. Typically, this must be completed within three business days if the lease starts in the future. However, if the apartment is available immediately when selected, signatures and prepayment must be completed within 24 hours.
    • If you choose not to sign the lease or housing contract, please contact us immediately so we can cancel your selection.
  • If your lease or housing contract begins before the 15th of the month, the initial amount due is prorated for that month. If the start date is on or after the 15th of the month, the initial amount due includes the prorated first month and the entire next month. Start dates are not negotiable.
  • To secure the unit our office must receive the electronically signed documents and initial payment by the time specified in your lease/contract documents. You may return them by email (scan), fax, or  mail. For mail returns, we strongly recommend that you use an overnight mail service (i.e., FEDEX, DHL, or similar service) to ensure an on-time arrival.
  • If your completed documents and payment are not completed on time, the unit may be made available for rental by another applicant.
    • If you are still interested in Harvard University Housing, you will need to submit a new application.
    • It can take up to three business days for an application to be approved, and you will only have access to the inventory in Currently Available.
    • If you had been in a select Window, you will NOT be able to get back into the same window and will NOT be reassigned to another window.

Welcome to Harvard University Housing

  • Once you have returned your signed lease or housing contract documents and initial payment we will process and electronically countersign the documents and then send you a confirmation email. 
  • Please visit the Welcome section for important move-in information.