Dorm Amenities

Yard in Spring

There are common rooms, kitchens, study spaces, and a variety of amenities sprinkled throughout the freshman dormitories. These are designed for use by all members of the freshman class, not just residents of the building in which they are housed. To get a sense of what is available in each dorm, browse below.

Apley Court

Apley’s common room seats up to 20 students and features a fireplace, ping pong table, and dry erase board; the kitchen features a sink, oven, stove, and full size fridge, with ample storage space; and the media room seats up to 10 students and has a plasma screen television, cable, and DVD player. Additionally, Apley has in-house recycling and trash disposal, a laundry room with two washers and dryers, and two vending machines.

Canaday

Canaday has a large upstairs common room that, in addition to seating 25, has a 40” plasma screen television, cable, and DVD player, alongside a ping pong table. Also upstairs is a full-size kitchen complete with a refrigerator, oven, stove, and microwave. Adjacent is a sitting room with three high top tables and seating for up to eight. Downstairs, there is a study room complete with three tables, chairs for up to 10 students, a white board, vending machines, and a network printer; a second common room with plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable that seats up to 10; laundry facilities; a room for disposal of recycling and trash; as well as the Muslim prayer room and the Harvard College Women’s Center.

Grays

Without a doubt, one of the greatest amenities for Grays is the first-floor common room located in the east entryway. A room that seats up to 35, the common room also contains a plasma screen television, DVD player, cable, and dry erase board. Adjacent to the common room is a full-size kitchen complete with ample shelf and counter space, an oven, stove, microwave, and refrigerator. Students in Grays do their laundry next door in Wigglesworth and dispose of trash and recycling on the ground floor of Weld. Grays basement is home to the Yard's Serenity and Mindfulness Room as well as study and classroom spaces, all of which are accessible by going outside and behind the building.

Greenough

Greenough offers a number of amenities – all located on the garden level – for its residents, the chief of which is the common room. Seating up to 10, the common room contains a plasma screen television, DVD player, cable, ping pong table, and a circular study table with chairs. Just down the hall is a full-size kitchen with ample counter and storage space, a refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave, and a table with seating for four; a room for disposal of trash and recycling; a technology room with three computer kiosks and a network printer; a music practice room with an upright piano; and a laundry room.

Hollis

Students in Hollis often use the Stoughton common room, located just next door, for small gatherings. The room features seating for up to 20 as well as a plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable. Hollis residents also do their laundry and dispose of trash and recycling in Stoughton. Behind Hollis is the quaint and quiet Mower-Lionel courtyard, perfect for a game of soccer or reading on a warm day.

Holworthy

Holworthy has a number of useful amenities (all located on the garden level), the chief of which is the spacious common room that seats up to 25 students and has a 40” plasma screen television, cable, DVD player, network printer, and a foosball table. Adjacent to the common room is a full-size kitchen featuring a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and oven, as well as several tables and chairs for sharing a meal. The freshman arts making room, fully stocked with art supplies for painting, sketching, and craft-making, is also adjacent to the common room. Finally, the dorm is home to the Yard's newest music practice room, located down the hall from the common room. Residents of Holworthy do laundry, and dispose of trash and recycling next door in Thayer Hall.

Hurlbut

Hurlbut boasts a cozy common room on the garden level that seats up to 10 students and includes a 40” plasma screen television, cable, and DVD player. The common room also doubles as a study space and is equipped with a white board and markers, a table and chairs, and a computer kiosk with a network printer. Adjacent to the common room, is a room where students can dispose of trash and recycling and purchase snacks from vending machines. Located down the hall is the laundry room, which is available to students in Hurlbut and Pennypacker, and also contains a water bottle filler.

Lionel

Students in Lionel often use the Mower common room, located just next door, for small gatherings. The room features seating for up to 20 as well as a plasma screen television, DVD player, cable, and a foosball table. Lionel residents also do their laundry in Stoughton, but dispose of recycling and trash in their own space located on the garden level. Another benefit of Lionel is the secluded, quiet courtyard, perfect for a game of Frisbee or studying on a warm day.

Massachusetts Hall

Students in Mass Hall often use the Matthews and Straus common rooms and kitchens, located just next door, for small gatherings. Each room features seating for up to 20 and 40 respectively, as well as a plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable. Mass Hall residents also do their laundry in Weld, but dispose of recycling and trash in Straus on the garden level. Another benefit of Mass Hall is the secluded, quiet Straus courtyard, perfect for a game of Frisbee or studying on a warm day.

Matthews

Residents of Matthews enjoy its spacious common room, located on the garden level. Seating up to 20 students, the room is complete with a 40” plasma screen television, cable, and DVD player. Directly adjacent is the David Rice Ecker Reading Room, a cozy room with a leather couch and books, as well as another study space complete with three table, 12 chairs, and dry erase board. Down the hall is a full-size kitchen including a microwave, refrigerator, oven, stove, and ample storage space. Also on the garden level is a technology lab complete with a dorm-wide network printer and three computer kiosks, two music practice rooms, each complete with pianos, and space for recycling and trash disposal. Residents of Matthews do their laundry in Weld.

Mower

Residents of Mower boast about the common room, which seats up 20 people and features a 40” plasma screen television, DVD player, cable, table with chairs, and a dry erase board. Adjacent to the common room is a spacious study room that seats up to 10 and is complete with a large table, chairs, and a dry erase board. Down the hall is a full-size kitchen with ample counter space, refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, and table with seating for four. Students in Mower have a room dedicated to the disposal of waste through recycling, trash, and compost, and do their laundry next door in Stoughton.

Pennypacker

Students assigned to Pennypacker enjoy, among other things, the spacious common room on the first floor. Complete with a 40” plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable, the common room seats up to 20 and also has a table, chairs, and dry erase board for small study groups. Residents of Pennypacker dispose of their recycling and trash next door in Hurlbut; they also do their laundry there. Directly adjacent to Pennypacker is a grassy lawn, perfect for a game of Frisbee or soccer.

Stoughton

Without a doubt, one of the highlights of Stoughton is its cozy, first-floor common room, which includes a full-size kitchen (with oven, stove, microwave, bottle-filling station, sink, and refrigerator). Seating up to 15 students and complete with a 40” plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable, the room is a popular social space for residents. On the garden level, two other amenities are available: a laundry room and space for recycling and trash disposal.

Straus

Boasting the largest common room in the Yard, Straus’s stately common room seats up to 40 students and features an 80” LCD screen, complete with a DVD player, cable television, and equipped for gaming consoles, as well as a long table for studying. Directly adjacent to the common room is a handicap accessible bathroom and a galley kitchen, the latter of which contains a refrigerator, oven, and stove. On the garden level, Straus also has two music practice rooms (the one in entryway C has a piano) as well as a space for disposal of recycling and trash. Residents of Straus do their laundry in Weld.

Thayer

Students in Thayer enjoy their spacious common room located on the garden level. With seating for up to 20, the common room has a 40” plasma screen television, DVD player, cable, and foosball table. Adjacent to the common room are several other rooms: a kitchen with refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave and high top tables and chairs; a nook with a pool table; and a study room that seats up to 10 and has both dry erase boards and network printer. Down the hall is a space for residents to do their laundry and dispose of recycling and waste. Thayer garden level is also home to several peer counseling groups and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.

Weld

Weld is home to a diverse range of amenities, including three common spaces. The two largest, located on the garden level and first floor respectively, seat up to 15 students each and boast a 30” plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable. Each room also has a large table and dry erase board, perfect for study groups, and the lower CR has a network printer. Both upper and lower CRs have a galley kitchen consisting of a refrigerator, microwave, oven, and stove. Located at the top of the south tower is a second, cozy common space known as the observatory. It features seating for up to 10 as well as a table for studying. Other garden level amenities include the laundry room, trash and recycling space, two vending machines, as well as office space for Harvard Yard Operations and Dorm Crew.

Wigglesworth

Consisting of three buildings, Wigglesworth has a number of amenities in each.

Located on the garden level under entries A through D, residents enjoy two spacious common rooms. One seats up to 15 and has a galley kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, oven, stove, and water bottle filler. Adjacent is a study room that seats 10 and features a large table with chairs, a dry erase board, and network laser printer. The other common room boasts spacious seating for 12 as well as a ping pong table, 40” plasma screen television, cable, and DVD player. On the garden level under C and D entries are two music practice rooms, both complete with upright pianos.

The garden level of entries E through I also features a spacious common room that seats up to 20 students. It boasts a 40” plasma screen television, DVD player, and cable, as well as a table and chairs for studying. Down the hall is a laundry room and space for recycling and trash disposal.

Finally, located on the garden level under entries J and K is a spacious common room. Quite spacious, this room seats up to 20 students and is complete with foosball and pool tables, a 30” plasma screen television, DVD, player, and cable.