Harvard Housing Day

Category Student Voices


Denzel Class of '24
Authored on February 08, 2024


Harvard Housing Day is more than just an event; it's a rite of passage, a moment that transcends the ordinary and marks the beginning of a unique chapter in every freshman's life.

As a first year to the vibrant Harvard community, your housing day experience will be nothing short of magical, filled with anticipation, excitement, and the thrill of discovering your new home. (Disclaimer, my housing day was on Zoom due to the COVID pandemic so yours is 100% going to be much better than what I went through).

In the days leading up to Housing Day, there's an electrifying buzz on campus. Rumors swirl, speculations abound, and there's an air of mystery as students eagerly await the revelation of their assigned house. It's a time of camaraderie and unity as everyone shares the anticipation of discovering where they'll spend the next three years of their college journey.  Of course though, some students will be filled with existential dread as they pray to their gods to avoid getting certain houses (though we all know Currier is on top. Proof here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GP5MxKK-h0 )

Each house at Harvard has its own unique identity, traditions, and sense of community. From the historic halls of Adams House to the modern spaces of Currier House, each residence is a microcosm of the diverse and dynamic Harvard experience. House spirit is palpable, and it's contagious – a sense of belonging that extends far beyond the physical structure of the dormitory. Each house is outfitted with a dining hall, gym, amenities and suited to fit between 300 to 400 students.

Housing Day kicks off with the much-anticipated "big reveal." Upperclassmen, adorned in spirited attire, burst into freshman dorms with cheers, chants, and house swag. The energy is infectious, and the excitement reaches a fever pitch as each student learns which house will become their new home. It's a moment of joy, surprise, and instant connection with housemates – with the occasional shedding of tears.

After the initial excitement settles, freshmen are introduced to the rich tapestry of house traditions. From house formals and intramural sports to unique house mascots and chants, each residence has its own way of fostering a sense of community. These traditions become a source of pride, creating lasting bonds among housemates.

One of Currier's many many many food drops where the House will buy massive amounts of food to freely give away to the residents

Housing Day is not just about the house assignment; it's also about coming together as a community. House dinners serve as a platform for freshmen to get to know their housemates, house tutors, and resident deans. These dinners are more than just a meal – they're the beginning of friendships that will last throughout college and beyond.


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Denzel Class of '24

Hey everyone! My name is Denzel and I’m a current junior from Boston, Massachusetts who is living in Currier House. By the time you’re reading this, I’ve already declared myself as a Mechanical Engineering concentrator with a secondary in Astronomy and am neck deep in psets and projects.