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 a confirmation email with a PDF of your lease or housing contract, instructions, and other pertinent documents within two business days.
  • Print, read, initial, sign, and return (by the date indicated on the documents) the required documents to the Harvard University Leasing Office, along with your initial payment made by credit card, wire transfer, check, or money order. Be sure to reference your full name as it appears on your lease/housing contract and your new HU Housing address in your payment.
    • If you choose not to sign the lease or housing contract, please contact us immediately so we can cancel your selection.
  • If your lease/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 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 do not arrive 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/contract documents and initial payment we will process and countersign the documents and then send you a confirmation email. The signed documents will be held for you at the Property Management Office for your building.
  • Please visit the Welcome section for important move-in information.