Main content
Main content
Dunster House

Student & Residential Life

A Community Designed to Support You

From the moment our Freshmen walk into Harvard Yard until they graduate they are surrounded by people dedicated to making Harvard “home.” Our students make friends in their classes, in the dining halls, on the intramural fields and through student activities.

Home at Harvard

The upperclass House System creates a small-college experience within a research university. The dining hall is the center of House life, where students enjoy meals and make life-long friends. House community encourages personal development and preparation for life after Harvard.

Students in House hanging out

Freshman life

First year students live in and around scenic Harvard Yard, the University’s geographic center. Freshmen have ample occasions to enjoy the arts, culture, and entertainment of Cambridge and greater Boston.

Student wearing Harvard shirt


There are innumerable opportunities to develop current interests or try out novel ones: from cultural groups to public service; from culinary arts to media and publications.

Dean Dingman and a student

Here to help

Harvard’s broad and multi-faceted support network helps students navigate the opportunities here. Our students receive a thought-provoking education along with resources for well-being.