Welcome and Arrival Information

Welcome and Arrival Information

Welcome and thank you for choosing to live with us. To help make a smooth transition to Harvard University Housing, please read the information below on planning your arrival, as well as selecting your property from the drop-down list and finding specific details there. 

Help us stay in touch with you

  • Email is our primary method of contacting residents and their emergency contacts so it is important that the email addresses we have on file are current and checked frequently.  
    • To update your email address, if needed, please log in to the Resident Portal.
    • To change your emergency contact information please send an email to leasing@harvard.edu.

Find Your Property

Here is some information to make your arrival at Harvard University Housing go smoothly.

Children

If you are bringing your school-age children, be sure to check public school registration requirements well in advance of your arrival.

Pets

Dogs living with you in your pet-friendly apartment must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed with the City of Cambridge every year. View the pet and service animal policies.

International students

Consider "unlocking" your phone prior to leaving your home country. This will enable you to use a SIM card from a company such as campusSIMS or US Mobile in your phone. Those sim cards may be available at the Property Management Office. Also, take a moment to visit the Harvard International Office web site.

Key Pick-up

Be sure to read the information sent to you by the HUH leasing staff regarding key pick up, especially if you will arrive outside of HUH Property Management Office hours. Click here for specific key information for your property.

Driving

If you plan on bringing a moving van or truck it will NOT fit under the overpasses (10' clearance) on Storrow Drive, Soldiers Field Road, and Memorial Drive. Plan your route in advance to avoid a hazardous and costly problem.

Parking arrangements for trucks and vans must be made in advance.

Please visit your property page and click on "Amenities & Features" for information about parking your car.

Furniture and Lighting

Most HUH units have NO furniture--the unit is empty except for a stove and refrigerator. You need to bring, buy, or rent a bed, other furniture, and household items. Click here to learn what is included in units that are designated as furnished. In many HUH units, rooms do NOT have overhead lights, so you also may need table or floor lamps.
 

Groceries

You will probably want to stock up on groceries and some household items as soon as you arrive. Visit your property page, click the "Maps & Neighborhood" link and then check "Grocery Shopping" for a list of groceries close to your building.