Health & Safety

Cambridge, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cambridge can be a rough area but HUPD is wonderful and I feel very safe

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have rarely felt unsafe on Harvard's campus. One exception would be late at night during spring and summer, when there are crazy/loud/drunk/homeless men out and about. I've had close encounters with creeps, as it's an urban area, but if you stay alert there shouldn't be any problem.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Harvard community feels safe, welcoming, and trustworthy. I have rarely, if ever, felt threatened or unsafe, even as a girl walking around alone at night. There are a few hobos, but they are nice and harmless.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: HUPD really has control over the area and if something happens on campus or just in the area you'll know about it through the text alert system!

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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Harvard is getting this poor rating because of it's blatant disregard for survivors of sexual assault.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 582nd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 799th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 926th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
New Orleans, La.
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Harvard students generally feel safe while roaming the streets of Cambridge, and they have good reason. The Harvard University Police Department and Cambridge Police Department do a commendable job of safeguarding the University's best assets—the students. Students also have access to multiple blue-light security phones on nearly every block, and must swipe into dorms with key cards, preventing burglars from ever endangering students.

However, Cambridge, like all cities, is not completely safe from crime. Students should always keep in mind they are in an urban setting and to be alert, especially when walking alone at night. In the past, Cambridge crime waves have alarmed local citizens, but law enforcement still works to combat the trend with an increased presence. In general, Harvard students rightly feel safe, but prospective students should not be lulled into believing Cambridge and Boston are crime-free.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 230
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 15
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Harvard University Police Department
1033 Massachusetts Ave., Sixth floor
(617) 495-1212 (emergencies) or (617) 495-1215 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Stolen property database
  • Text messaging system
Health Center
Harvard University Health Services
Holyoke Center
(617) 495-5711
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Dental services
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Peer counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care
  • Sexual health
  • Vision
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 39 responses

  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 10% None
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 39 responses

  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 49% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 8% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 32% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 8% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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