Greenough is located on Prescott Street, half a block from two other freshman dorms. Built in 1922 as an apartment building, its 90 residents enjoy some of the nicer first-year accommodations, with hardwood floors, large windows, and views of the green courtyard behind the building. Residents in singles, doubles and triples share hallway bathrooms, while residents in six-person suites have in-suite bathrooms. In addition to enjoying its peaceful atmosphere, Greenough residents also can conveniently stop by the Freshman Dean's Office to ask a question or borrow movies, kitchen equipment, and boardgames; work with a student editor at the Writing Center, grab a gourmet sandwich and a coffee at the airy Barker Cafe, or go out for frozen yogurt at Berryline.
Hurlbut, built in 1959 and home to 60 students, has some of the most desirable housing on campus. On one end of the building there are large singles clustered around a common space, forming a “pod.” On the other end of the building are spacious six-person suites. Hurlbut residents benefit from close proximity to Lamont, the 24-hour, undergraduate library, the “Kong,” a fun restaurant that serves food late into the night, and the Barker Center for Arts and Humanities, including its cafe full of delicious drinks, pastries, and sandwiches. The picturesque lawn, located a few feet from the dorm's entrance, is optimal for picnics and studying on warm days.
Pennypacker, built in 1959, was originally constructed as an apartment building; therefore, the dorm’s layout consists of a wide, spacious stairwell around which all the suites are arranged. This arrangement, according to one past resident, “makes for a tight, intimate community” where “everyone knows everyone” within the first few weeks. The sociability of the dorm also tends to create intense dorm pride. The suites themselves have large common rooms, which are popular gathering spaces for people on the floor. The rooms are primarily doubles and quads and with in-suite bathrooms. Pennypacker is also home to WHRB, Harvard's student-run radio station. Finally, residents enjoy Pennypacker’s close proximity to the Freshman Dean’s Office, Berryline, Zinnekin's, Cafe Pamplona, and Santouka Ramen.
Wigglesworth, built in 1931, was previously home to Bill Gates, Leonard Bernstein, and Ted Kennedy. As one of the larger dorms, "Wigg" is divided into three buildings with 10 vertical entryways, the smallest of which is known as the "Wigglet" (the other two buildings are affectionately known as the “Mid Wigg” and “Big Wigg”). All rooms have in-suite bathrooms and lovely hardwood floors. Wigglesworth is known for its easy access to stores and restaurants along Massachusetts Avenue, such as J.P. Licks, Qdoba, Mr. Bartley's, and the Harvard Bookstore, as well as Widener and Lamont Libraries.