Roommate Information for Residents

Roommate Information for Residents

Click here to learn about adding a roommate during the application process.

Find a Roommate

Affiliates who want to be share an apartment with a roommate can search for one by clicking the Roommates tab on the Off Campus Housing site.

HUH does not match roommates nor mediate disputes between roommates, so be sure to choose your roommate(s) carefully. It is important to protect yourself by choosing roommates you can trust, by making sure that all members of your roommate group will follow the policies and payment requirements listed in your lease, and by keeping HUH informed when you vacate your unit. Be sure you read and understand the important information about roommate rent payments and the “joint and several obligations” as noted in the Roommate Rent information below.

Adding a roommate to your lease

Residents may add a roommate through the Roommate Addition process or drop a roommate by submitting a Roommate Lease Termination form. Information on these processes is available in our Tenant Policies. Please note the following:

  • Roommates are not allowed at Cronkhite Center or 4-6 Mount Auburn Street.
  • All roommates must meet HUH eligibility guidelines.
  • Roommate addition requests are accepted between April 1 and November 15 only and must be made by residents whose lease will expire the following June. Residents who have chosen to terminate their lease, or who will lose affiliation through graduation or end of appointment, may not request to add a roommate.
  • The prospective roommate(s) must have an approved application.
  • Current lease holder(s) and prospective roommate(s) must contact the Leasing Office by email requesting their addition(s).
  • New leases will be prepared for signature and must be signed by all roommates, including the current lease holder(s), and returned to the Leasing Office to initiate billing processes. The roommate addition lease cannot be backdated.
  • Split billing can take up to two months to go into effect. Please check your student bill or paycheck for rent charges.
  • HUH reserves the right to deny the addition to a lease of an affiliated roommate taking illegal occupancy and, in such cases, the right to terminate the lease.
  • View the Roommate Additions Policies to learn more. Please contact leasing@harvard.edu if you have any questions regarding the roommate process. Policies are strictly enforced and misunderstanding may result in fees.

Note: Detailed information about adding a roommate after you have signed a lease is available to residents when they log in to the Tenant Portal to view their tenant profile area.

Beware: Personal information (login ID and password) does not need to be shared with a potential roommate to add a roommate to a lease. In order to protect your security, this information should never be shared with anyone.

Roommate Rent

Rent is divided evenly among co-tenants, but the “joint and several obligations” clause makes every tenant (lease signer) responsible for the entire rent amount due and for the full cost of any damages to the apartment. There is no paying “just your part.” This is the case regardless of the means roommates use to divide the charges and expenses among themselves. If one tenant deserts the group, does not pay his/her share of the rent, or causes damage to the unit, then each of the other co-tenants, individually as well as collectively, is responsible to HUH for payment of that person’s share and the cost of repairs. If all charges are not paid, all tenants may be subject to legal action, including eviction. This may have, in addition, significant effects on your credit rating. Under the “joint and several obligations” clause, if legal disputes arise or back rent is owed, HUH can pursue all (or any of) the signers of the lease, at its discretion. If you pay HUH (the Landlord) for charges due because of your co-tenant’s actions, it solely up to you to collect from the non-paying co-tenant.