Hey everyone! This week’s post is different than normal; I decided to take some photos and collect some information about Freshman Housing at Harvard. It’s known around the country for being incredible, as you’ll find out while reading this post. Click on an image to enlarge it, click on a title to find out more information, and enjoy the post! If you would like another resource, click here to be redirected.
Harvard freshmen all live on campus around Harvard Yard, the central location of Harvard College. There are four “yards” which encompass various dorms, all of which have their perks. When you’re a sophomore, you live in a House (or the Dudley co-op, if you so choose) until you graduate, but this post is only about freshman housing…perhaps I’ll feature upperclassmen housing next year. If you’re interested in learning about how the housing process works, check this out; otherwise, keep reading!
Apley Court is known for huge suites, marble bathtubs, and its distinct location between the Yard and River houses.
Yay, Hollis! Suites, which are only doubles, are absolutely gigantic.
I personally love Holworthy, mostly because of their awesome (yet again giant) suites and their common room, which is the best on campus in my opinion.
Lionel’s twin is Mower. I get them confused. There are only 40 residents, and each suite has a private bathroom!
Mass Hall is incredible, with around 14 freshman living there, because it also houses President Faust.
Lionel’s twin, home of one of my favorite people, is both adorable and tiny.
Straus, home of my future roommate (!), is awesome. It’s in a private yard, has lovely rooms, and really cool staircases (things you notice when living in Canaday).
Stoughton! Home of more great people, this dorm is awesome because it looks like it is split in two. Other reasons include huge doubles and ideal location to run Primal Scream.
Union dorms (Pennypacker, Greenough, and Hurlbut) are “far away;” that is, they are really close to Lamont,
and about as far as Straus to Annenberg. Also, because they’re farther away, there’s more space to have better rooms.
Despite its gross name, Hurlbut is gorgeous. The suites are huge, and there are many “pod systems” comprised of luxurious singles around a big common room.
Pennypacker, home of the radio station WHRB, has in-suite bathrooms in each room, a central staircase, and tons of dorm pride.
Greenough has hardwood floors and huge suites. Enough said.
Wigg is where it’s at! This incredibly long dorm has the best practice rooms, where I spend most of my time, and has spacious suites to boot. You’re very close to all of what Harvard Square has to offer!
Canaday is my dorm! As a resident, I can honestly say that it is the ugliest dorm on campus, rivaling Mather (an upperclassmen house). The good things of Canaday include our own courtyard, proximity to everything (it takes me less than one minute to walk to class), heightened security (riot-proof building…but that’s not actually a plus to living in Canaday), and most importantly, the GIANT windows. I live in the common room, though, so that might effect how I see the world (pun).
Thayer is awesome. I love it. It has the best interior design, with hardwood floors, crown molding, and pale green walls. The rooms are big. My future blockmate and friend since 7th grade lives there. It’s really close to Canaday!
Dream of Weld. If you like huge common rooms, you’ll love Weld.
Matthews also has incredible housing. Pattern? Yes.
Grays is known as the Harvard Hilton for a reason. (Hint: best rooms.)
I asked around campus in order to find some of the best freshmen dorm rooms Harvard has to offer.
To the class of ’16, you might be lucky next year and end up in one of these sweet suites!
A Weld Room
An Apley Room
Two Hurlbut Singles
A Grays Room
A Canaday Room
THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT HARVARD HOUSING!