Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
If a student is participating in a pre-orientation program, they will be assigned temporary housing until Monday, August 26. We recommend that students only bring what is necessary for the week of pre-orientation and that families arrive with the rest of their belongings on Tuesday, August 27.
Yes. Once students receive their Harvard Yard Mail Center addresses in August with their rooming assignments, they may begin shipping items. You will be able to pick up any packages shipped in advance in the Science Center, 1st Floor, Tuesday, August 27 through Saturday, August 31, 8am-6pm. After this time, package pick-up hours return to their normal schedule of Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
Once Orientation begins, students will have a full schedule of events and meetings keeping them busy. We recommend that families reconnect to say goodbye in time for students to attend a mandatory evening meeting beginning at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 27.
|Class of 2023|
|Move-In Day||Tuesday, August 27, 2019|
|First-Year Family Weekend||
Friday, November 1 -
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Thanksgiving Recess begins
Classes will not be held
on this day
|Wednesday, November 27, 2019|
Thanksgiving Recess ends
Dorms are open during Thanksgiving Recess,as is
|December 1, 2019|
|Winter Recess begins Dorms close at 3pm||Friday, December 20, 2019|
|Winter Recess ends||Sunday, January 26, 2020|
|Spring Recess begins No classes/exams||Saturday, March 14, 2020|
|Spring Recess ends||Sunday, March 22, 2020|
Students must vacate their
dorms by noon
|Sunday, May 17, 2020|
First-Year Family Weekend activities take place on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2019. An email invitation will be sent to families in September. All family members are welcome. For more information visit the Harvard College Parent and Family Programs website, or call (617) 495-8663.
Class of 2023: All first-year students must vacate the dorms by 3:00pm on Friday, December 20, 2019. Dorms and Houses open at 9:00am on Friday, January 17, 2020.
There are several banks in the immediate area which are easily accessible from campus. We do not, however, have any specific recommendations to offer. They are all very good, and we recommend that each individual investigate the options when arriving in Cambridge. If you're looking to get an early start, you might try using the internet to find what nearby banks have to offer. The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce website or the official website of the City of Cambridge could help you get started, or you could try using Superpages, Boston.com or another online directory to find out how to contact banks in the area. There are many hotels and bed-and-breakfasts within walking distance of Harvard Square; again, we make no specific recommendations and invite you to browse the sites mentioned above.
All members of the Class of 2023 will need to be fully moved out of their rooms by 12:00pm on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
At this time access cards will be deactivated, and students will no longer be able to get in and out of the dorm. To facilitate move-out, the Yard gates will be open to vehicles at designated times.
Sending boxes home early will make move out easier. For students preferring not to take all of their belongings home with them, the College recommends private storage services such as collegeboxes.com. With these services, students can select a pick up date and the provider will come to their room to collect their items for summer storage. These services cost approximately $45 per box, with higher rates for furniture items, and belongings are insured against loss or damage.
The housing assignment notification is made during the last week of July or first week of August and typically includes the following information: dorm, suite assignment, first-year proctor, mailing address, whether the suite has an en suite or hall-style bathroom, and roommates, if any.
All dorm rooms and suites are configured with the following furniture: a standard, twin extra long bed; a desk with matching chair; a bookcase; a chest of drawers (with five drawers); a floor lamp (though we do recommend bringing a desk or additional lamp); bins for recycling; and, in cases where closets are not present, a wardrobe.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for incoming students or their families to see dorm rooms prior to arrival. During the summer months, the dorms are occupied by the Harvard Summer School program or under routine maintenance, preventing families for seeing dorm rooms. Likewise, the DSO is unfortunately not able to provide floor plans.