About 5 Cowperthwaite Street

About 5 Cowperthwaite Street

Common Rooms

Residents of 5 Cowperthwaite Street may reserve Common Rooms for private events. 


Apartments are equipped with a garbage disposal. Your disposal is activated by flipping the nearby wall switch. Disposals are not designed to process large amounts of food and should not be used for fibrous foods (i.e., celery, carrots, potatoes, and other types of foods with peels).

Fitness Room

The fitness room is located on the first floor of the east building and is available for use by 5 Cowperthwaite Street residents only. The fitness facilities may be used between 6:00 AM to 12:00 midnight, and you must sign a waiver before your swipe card can be activated to grant you access to the room. For further information and to complete a waiver, please visit the Property Management Office during regular business hours.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry rooms are located on the first floor in the west building (Room 122) and on the second floor of the east building (Room 236). Machines operate by coin or Crimson Cash. We request that laundry facilities not be used outside of the hours of 8:00 AM—10:00 PM, as, in many instances, occupied apartments are located adjacent to the laundry area. Please be courteous and remove your laundry from machines promptly when washing or drying is complete.

All laundry rooms are equipped with Mac-Gray’s Laundry View service, which allows you to check the real time availability of washers and dryers. To reduce your laundry’s environmental impact, Mac-Gray recommends only washing full loads on the cold water cycle. See www.cleanandgreenvision.com for more sustainable laundry tips. Machines may not be able to accommodate certain items. If you experience any problems with the machines, please contact Mac-Gray Laundry, 800-622-4729.

LEED Certification

5 Cowperthwaite Street has been awarded LEED Gold Certification. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program run by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of  human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. We encourage you to join us in our commitment to reduce waste, recycle, and conserve energy and water. Learn more about LEED.

Pet policy

Pets are not allowed in 5 Cowperthwaite Street, with the exception of fish in a 50-gallon or smaller aquarium.

Property and Bicycle Storage

  • Property Storage: A limited number of storage cubes for residents’ belongings are available on the garage level. Priority is given to residents in studio apartments, with cubes allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.. Residents who would like to request storage should contact the Property Management Office for more information. HUH does not recommend storage of valuables in the storage area and is not liable for water or any other damage to or loss of property. Please search online for local storage companies.
  • Bicycle Storage: Bicycle storage is available on the garage level and on exterior bike racks at the rear of the building. Bicycles must not be left in hallways or attached to stairwell railings, benches, entryways, or gates. Bicycles found in hallways or attached to the foregoing will be removed without notice at the owner’s expense. HUH is not liable for any damage to or loss of property. We require residents to register their bicycles with the Harvard University Police Department.

Vending Machines

Vending machines are located in the laundry rooms, which are on the first floor in the west building (Room 122) and on the second floor of the east building (Room 236), accessible with your HUID.