Information and Policies

On-campus housing at Harvard is a wonderful and rich experience.  The unusual structure of our housing system, which moves students from the auspices of the First-Year Experience and Harvard Yard into the upperclass House system, Dudley House, or off campus housing, can cause some confusion for students and parents alike in trying to contact the appropriate office for help in trying solve problems or have basic questions answered.  

Quincy House Field Day

The Dean of Students Office manages all central housing policies, governs fees and billing during term time, manages DeWolfe summer housing, and Winter housing.

The DSO however also expects that students take an active role regarding their housing. All housing applications (First-Year, Winter Break, DeWolfe summer), cancellations, returns, and requests for a transfer must be processed via the Harvard Housing Portal by the student.    

Harvard College Housing Portal

Please note that if you are having technical difficulties with the Housing Portal, please email This email is answered Monday through Friday during normal business hours.