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Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus. There aren't too many options. It's expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: No one lives off campus (well, Natalie Portman did). And that's because it's way expensive. Plus, the upperclassmen house system is incredible.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's very expensive and not really an option. The campus housing is terrific and less expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: Almost nobody lives off campus because the dorms are, for the most part, really good, and Cambridge housing is both expensive and difficult to find. However, during the summer, a lot of students stay around Cambridge doing various things and are able to find nice, cheap, sublet apartments. During the year, though, I would definitely advise college housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: Usually, they make you live on campus the first year. I personally prefer to live off-campus because I can get more work done and don't have to deal with the constant dormitory melodrama.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is expensive-at least $1,200 a month for anything in Harvard Square. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing on campus is too convenient to make you want to look into anything else; at least I never have. I do know it's only convenient if you're filthy rich!

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Off-Campus Housing: I wouldn't want to live off-campus. Living on campus (and in Kirkland) is the best part of my Harvard experience.

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Off-Campus Housing: There is no reason to live off campus. 98 percent of Harvard kids live on campus because housing off campus is so expensive and the Harvard rooms are so nice.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off-campus is farther away from classes than on-campus housing and tends to be ridiculously expensive. Additionally, hardly anyone chooses off-campus housing options because their affinity towards their House satisfies nearly all students.

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Off-Campus Housing: Almost no one lives off campus. It's not really worth it to move out of the dorms. Real Estate in Cambridge is way too expensive and the Harvard dorm rooms are nice enough already.

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Parking: It's horrible. I'd say don't bring a car. The public transportation will take you anywhere, and Boston drivers are insane and very, very, scary. Take the T.

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Parking: No one has cars, but if you bring one, then you will likely pay a lot for parking.

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Parking: You won't need a car.

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Parking: Ummm . . . don't try to bring a car. There is parking at the stadium, but it is expensive and not very convenient. As a junior or senior, you may be able to get a spot in a garage closer to campus, but definitely not as a freshman.

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Parking: Parking is basically nonexistent. Freshmen aren't allowed to bring cars, and the upperclassmen who do often find it really inconvenient to find places to keep their cars. Most things are within walking distance, though, and the subway leaves right from Harvard Square. Public transportation works fine.

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Parking: You don't need a car because the Boston mass transportation is really good.

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Parking: There is no parking on campus. There is no driving in Boston. That is crazy talk.

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Parking: Freshmen can't park on campus. Parking is always hard, but they regulate it to prevent excessive problems.

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Parking: Boston is one of the best cities in the country. There is so much to do, and everything is so close-no car required.

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Parking: Don't drive, don't drive. Almost no one does. The subway is too convenient, and campus is too small. Boston traffic is insane. I repeat, don't drive!

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Parking: No. Don't bring a car. You don't need it.

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Parking: A car is a horrible, horrible idea, people will bum rides off of you and you will pay a lot for your car to get covered with snow and hit by people like me who can't parallel park.

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Parking: It's impossible to park. There are metered spots during the day that are usually full. They offer garages for exorbitant full-time rates. Also, they aren't close by. In other places, you need to be a resident of Cambridge to park.

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Parking: Parking is extremely hard to find, but annual-parking contracts can be purchased at a variety of lots, such as the Harvard Business School Parking garage. These contracts tend to be expensive, but in reality, students shouldn't need parking because a car is pretty useless in Cambridge or Boston. Almost everything you will need is within a 10- minute walking distance.

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