Roommate Information for Applicants

Roommate Information for Applicants

General Info

  • Considering living with a roommate in HUH? Please view this two-minute video.
  • Eligibility and occupancy guidelines apply.
  • Roommates are not allowed at Cronkhite Graduate Center or 4-6 Mount Auburn Street.
  • You can search for a roommate by clicking the Roommates tab on the Off Campus Housing site. Note that not everyone posting to this site may be eligible to live in Harvard University Housing, so please check eligibility guidelines before applying.
  • Please read the important information below about rent obligations when living with a roommate.
  • In order to protect your security, never share your personal information (login ID and password) with a potential roommate or anyone else.

HUH does not match roommates nor mediate disputes between roommates, so be sure to choose your roommate(s) carefully. Protect yourself by choosing roommates you can trust, by making sure that all members of your roommate group will follow the policies and payment requirements listed in your lease, and by keeping HUH informed when you vacate your unit. Be sure you read and understand the important information about roommate rent regulations.

Applying with a Roommate

 If you plan to live with a roommate we recommend that each roommate applies individually.

  • If applying between March 1 and May 1 this will provide a window assigment for each applicant.
  • Whichever roommate selects an apartment first will sign the lease and then may request to add roommate(s).
  • Questions about this process? Please send an email to housingapp@harvard.edu.

Be aware of the following if you do choose to include any roommates on your application (recommended only if applying between May 2 and the end of February):

  • The person submitting the application is considered the primary applicant. 
  • Changes to the roommate portion of the application can be made by the primary applicant only until the application has been approved. Please contact the Leasing Office to request a change once the application is approved.
  • Only the primary applicant will receive emails from HUH during the application and leasing process.
  • Only the primary applicant is able to select an apartment.

Rent obligations of living with a roommate

Rent charges are divided evenly among co-residents, but the “joint and several liability” clause makes every resident (lease signer) responsible for the entire amount due and for the full cost of any damages to the unit. There is no paying “just your part.” This is the case regardless of the means roommates use to divide the rent/housing payment and expenses among themselves. If one roommate leaves the group, does not pay his/her share of the rent, or causes damage to the unit, then each of the other co-residents, individually as well as collectively, is responsible to HUH for payment of that person’s share and the cost of repairs. If all rent and other charges are not paid, all residents may be subject to legal action, including eviction. This may have, in addition, significant effects on your credit rating. Under the “joint and severally liability” clause, if legal disputes arise or back rent/housing payments are owed, HUH can pursue all (or any of) the signers of the lease/housing contract, at its discretion. If you pay the Landlord for charges due because of your co-resident’s actions, it is solely up to you to collect from the non-paying co-resident.