Canaday, which houses 255 students as well as the Harvard College Women’s Center, is Harvard’s newest and largest first-year dorm as well as one of the most conveniently located in the Yard. Residents enjoy easy access to Annenberg Dining Hall, the Science Center, and many other key classroom spaces. Canaday is also right next to the University Plaza, which holds food trucks, pop-up concerts, wellness activities, and a weekly Farmer's Market. Canaday is divided into seven vertical entryways consisting of a variety of suites from singles to sextuplets. Some rooms on the top floors also have skylights, which give them great natural light. Canaday’s courtyard also serves as a great space for all students to congregate.
Built in 1870, Thayer lies at the heart of Harvard Yard and its residents enjoy close proximity to Annenberg Dining Hall, the Science Center, and the bustling University Plaza. First-years in Thayer share doubles and triples with hall-style bathrooms and spacious common rooms complete with decorative fireplaces. The building's wide hallways and elevator allow residents to get to know each other well, contributing to Thayer's social and tight-knit community. Thayer is also home to Room 13, ECHO, and Contact, peer counseling groups that offer a safe and supportive space for all students. Famous former residents include poet e.e. cummings and actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas.