Navigating Campus Day-to-Day

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Booking a Space

Whether you need a private space to study or a gathering space for your organization, you can book a study space around campus:

RoomBook: The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) general space scheduling system.

Library Space Finder: This library space finder will make finding a quiet study space quick and efficient.

Smith Campus Center: While the Welcome Pavilion and the Arcade within the Smith Campus Center (SCC) are open to the public, other spaces require a valid Harvard University I.D. Card. Harvard affiliate reservations can be made via the Harvard Affiliate Portal by current students, faculty, academic personnel, and staff.

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Student Life & Resources

Provided below are some quick links that can be helpful when trying to navigate life on campus:

College Events Calendar: A place to find all of the happenings on campus.

Dining Hall Menu: Find out what is on the menu at the dining halls this week.

Food Truck Schedule: You can find different food trucks parked outside of the Science Center Plaza everyday—see what is on the menu for the week.

Shuttle Tracker: The shuttle tracker can help you plan your day around campus with ease. See when the next shuttle is coming!

Student Organization Center Online (SOCO): An easy place to search everything Harvard from organizations to events to news.

Crimson Cash: Crimson Cash is the safest, fastest, easiest way to buy the things you need including at select Off-Campus merchants, on campus retail and dining locations, vending machines, laundry, copying and printing (see website for list). Using this website, you can quickly Add Value online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a Harvard ID, then you already have a Crimson Cash account! 

CrimZone Student Rewards App: CrimZone Rewards is an app that rewards Harvard students for supporting Harvard Athletics and attending various events.

Find Available Laundry Machines: LaundryView will help you find the available laundry machines on-campus making laundry day way less stressful.

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Discounts

There are many expenses that come with transitioning to College. These links below provides students resources to help alleviate the costs including discounts on books, technology, and meals:

Textbooks

Technology

Food

  • BoardPlus
  • Free Coffee on Campus: The Queen's Head Pub has free coffee during lunch hours (the pub will reopen in October 2022). Memorial Church serves free coffee on weekday mornings in Tercentenary Theater. Gutman Library also has free coffee, tea, and snacks during exams period.
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First-Year Resources

Your first year of College is unique. Here are some links for new students with guidance, programming, and resources to help them transition to Harvard: 

Academic Resource Center (ARC): The ARC offers programming specifically for first-year students to help you get the most out of this exciting and unique time.

Class of 2026 Facebook: Connect with your classmates in your class-specific Facebook group.

Exploring Concentrations: Harvard College offers more than 3,700 courses in 50 undergraduate fields of study, which we call concentrations. Explore the learning opportunities each concentration offers.

Expos: Learn more about the Harvard College Writing Program and the first-year writing requirements.

First-Year Advising: All first-year students have an advising network that includes a first-year academic adviser. Your first-year advising network will help you transition to college academics, assist you in navigating Harvard's resources and in exploring curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and help you plan for your choice of concentration.

First-Year Experience Office: As a first-year student you can take advantage of programs and activities planned just for you.

Freshman Seminars: Freshman Seminars cover a wide range of topics in a vast number of fields and disciplines.

New-Student Communications: Email is the primary communication channel used by Harvard administrators. Learn more about the communications you as a first-year can expect from the College.

Set up your IT accounts: Get yourself set up for campus arrival and classes via this Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) site.

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Health & Wellness Support

Harvard is dedicated to caring for members of the Harvard community, including its students. This list of resources cover the many ways in which you can seek care:

Health Services

Mental Health Services

Confidential Resources

Peer Support

Exercise & Wellness

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Support Services

Harvard works to holistically support students who are experiencing difficulties and to ensure the general well-being of the student body. Please explore the links on the left for information about disability, learning, health, and wellness:

BGLTQ Student Life: The Office of BGLTQ Student Life serves as a central resource for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, and questioning (BGLTQ) students at Harvard College.

Counseling & Mental Health Services (CAMHS): CAMHS is an office dedicated to promoting students' mental health. You can call the CAMHS Cares 24/7 mental health support line at (617) 495-2042 and follow the prompts to speak on the phone with a CAMHS Cares mental health provider. This option is available to you 24/7. 

Financial Aid: The Griffin Financial Aid Office provides need-based aid that allows us to bring the best students to Harvard, regardless of their ability to pay.

Harvard Chaplains: The Harvard Chaplains, a professional community of more than thirty chaplains, represent many of the world’s religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions, and share a collective commitment to serving the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Harvard University.

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS): The HUHS team works closely with you to provide high-quality outpatient care in a friendly, comfortable environment.

Harvard University Police Department: The mission of the Harvard University Police Department is to maintain a safe and secure campus by providing quality policing in partnership with the community.

Harvard University Campus Escort Program: The Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP) is a campus safety program developed by Harvard College in partnership with the Harvard University Police Department. Escorts respond to both calls for service through the HUCEP hotline (617) 385-8237, and by being flagged down by students, faculty and staff in need of an escort.

International Students: The Harvard International Office (HOI) is dedicated to serving Harvard's international population.

Office for Gender Equity (OGE): The Office for Gender Equity works to advance Harvard’s commitment to providing an environment where each of us feels safe to participate fully in University life—whether studying, teaching, conducting research, or working to support our individual and collective goals.

24-Hour Harvard Hotline: (617) 495-9100

Peer Counseling: All Peer Counseling Groups are for currently registered Harvard undergraduate students.

Title IX Coordinators: Title IX Resource Coordinators serve in a neutral role, support all members of the Harvard community, and are expert resources around the University’s policies, procedures, and resources in the realm of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. 

Longwood Ombuds: The Harvard Ombuds Office, Longwood supports an ethical and civil culture, encouraging mutual understanding and resolution through respectful dialogue and fair processes.

University Ombudsman: The Harvard Ombuds Office is an independent, neutral and confidential place for visitors to discuss their academic and workplace issues and concerns.