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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: no one lives off campus

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: A single, tiny room with shared bath could cost $800-$900+. One woman was offering a tiny section of attic which could only be accessed through a bathroom- no fan or air conditioner, for $750!!! Many of the landlords my friends and I have dealt with are charlatans. They see students as cash cows and take advantage of them. I've heard many horror stories. There should be a law against what those so-called landlords do, especially considering they don't report the additional income to the IRS.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all Harvard undergrads live on-campus because Harvard's House system is so appealing and fosters such a great sense of community. In addition, housing in Cambridge is extremely limited and expensive.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is pretty expensive, as it is mostly graduate students and teachers. Most undergrads live on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no students choose to live in off-campus housing, and if you do, it's not really off-campus housing. They're special co-ops meant for students who would prefer to cook their own food (the property is still owned by Harvard). Almost everyone is a part of house life--the houses are the backbone to student life and it's much easier to live in those communities where dining and advising is automatically provided. Living off-campus is pretty inconvenient in Cambridge.

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Harvard provides a housing system that offers the best location and rooms in the Cambridge/Boston area; few students choose to live off campus. Most students complain that off-campus housing is too expensive and nearly impossible to find anywhere near Harvard Square.

Even those undergraduates with the resources to live off campus typically choose not to, as the house system offers unparalleled resources and a close-knit community that is the centerpiece of many students' college experience. If you absolutely must live off campus, then plan ahead, be open-minded, and take advantage of the Harvard Housing Office and tips (or hand-me-downs) from fellow students.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Start looking early—try during the summer if you’re looking for term-time housing, and by spring break if you’re searching for a summer spot.
Popular Areas
  • Central Square
  • Porter Square
  • Somerville
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,200
  • 1 BR: $1,425
  • 2 BR: $1,750

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 46 responses

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 30% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 48 responses

  • 17% Extremely helpful.
  • 33% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 17% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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