Applicant and Tenant Info

Applicant and Tenant Info

Informational Resources

Help us Stay in touch

We communicate with applicants and residents via email. They will come from no-reply@rentcafe.com, leasing@harvard.edu, or “via yardi.com”. We also send important information through Constant Contact, so please do not opt out. We recommend checking your junk and spam filters regularly for updates. 

Submitting An Application

  • Before submitting an application, please check your eligibility, the occupancy guidelines, and read all the information in the tabs below.
  • We will send an email within three to five business days of receiving your application to let you know if it is approved (validated), denied, or if more information is required.
  • Applications will not be processed until all requested information is submitted.
  • Important information regarding your application is sent to you via email, so regularly check the email address used in your application, as well as your spam filter. Emails may come from no-reply@rentcafe.comleasing@harvard.edu, or “via yardi.com”.
  • Apply Now! 

Selecting a Unit

  • Once your Harvard University Housing application is approved, you will be able to login to the Applicant Portal, see the Currently Available list, and choose an apartment to lease.
  • Once you select a unit a leasing coordinator will validate your selection and you will receive an email within two business days notifying you that your lease documents are ready for e-signature.

HUH Lottery (View and Select Windows)

  • All applications submitted by 5/1/2022 that have not selected a unit will be included in the HUH Lottery, and randomly assigned a View and Select window
  • All applications eligible for the HUH Lottery will receive an email in early May indicating they have been assigned to a View and Select window.
  • The HUH Lottery will begin in mid-May and run through early-June or whenever all available units have been selected, whichever is earlier.
  • The HUH Lottery consists of a View window and a Select window
    • During the View window, all applicants included in the View window are able to see the available lottery units
      • No applicants during a View window are able to select a unit
      • The View window is designed to allow applicants to research available lottery units prior to the Select window
        • HUH recommends making a list of at least 10 units applicants would consider choosing during their Select window
    • During the Select window, all applicants included in the Select window are able to select available lottery units
      • Selection is “first click, first served”, so being ready to select quickly is important

Living with Co-lessees

Please view important roommate/co-lessee information -- applying, adding, rent obligations. 

 

 

  • After you click the "Select" button you will be asked to “Confirm” your selection. Please be absolutely sure of your selection before you click "Confirm."
    • If you make a mistake or would like to release your selected unit (prior to signing a lease), please email leasing@harvard.edu 
      • HUH can detach the selected unit from your application
      • If during the HUH Lottery:
        • You will be placed back into your current Select window
          • Please note it may take up to 40 minutes from HUH processing the release of the unit before an applicant is able to have access to their Select window
        • If your Select window is over, applications will not be placed in a future View and Select window.

Questions? Send an email to leasing@harvard.edu or call 617 495-1459.

Pet-friendly

  • Click here for complete details about HUH Pet-Friendly Housing Policies and a list of apartments that are pet friendly.

Furnished

  • To find buildings with furnished units you can select "furnished" as an option when viewing our properties or you can view a complete list of furnished units.
  • Furnishings may vary between units and you will need to view the unit rider carefully for details regarding specific furnishings. You can get a general idea about furnishings by viewing the furnished unit list.
  • Note: A property with any furnished apartments will show up when you search for furnished apartments. However, it does not guarantee that there are furnished apartments in all unit sizes. Please view the complete list of furnished units for details.

Note: Availability of special housing options is limited. Please visit the specific property pages for more information.

HUH applicants and residents: Do NOT share any personal information, including but not limited to Harvard University Housing login and password, offer letter, school acceptance letter and lease approval letter with anyone other than a member of the Harvard University Housing staff. This information is not required by potential applicants, residents, roommates, or subletters. If you get such a request from an email address with an extension other than harvard.edu, or if you are unsure about the validity of such a request, please call (617) 495-1459 or email the Leasing Office.