Graduate Commons Program

Graduate Commons Program

Welcome to Graduate Commons! This unique interdisciplinary program provides a “home away from home” for the Harvard graduate students, faculty, post-docs, staff, and their families living in Harvard University Housing properties.

We are committed to making your Harvard experience a truly remarkable one, both in and outside the classroom by hosting events that spark your intellectual curiosity, challenge your physical being, and make a difference to your community. Programming includes wine and coffee nights, meet the scholar events, yoga classes, game nights, networking happy hours, Boston traditions like the Boston Pops! Holiday concert and much, much more!

Announcements and Events

2021 Aug 10 - 10:55am
Study Rooms are now open

Please help us keep these spaces available for private or group study by following the guidelines. 

  • Face coverings should be worn while in the study rooms.
  1. No food or drink allowed.  Water is the only exception.  (Masks may be removed briefly when sipping.)
  2. Capacity limits are based on 6ft distance requirement and should be followed.  Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis with a 4-hour limit.
  3. No personal items may be left in the study room unattended at any time. 
  4. Cleaning products will be provided in the space.  Please wipe the table area before and after each use. 
  5. Spaces are available 8am-11pm each day.
2021 Jun 8 - 10:24am
Common Areas

Harvard Housing has received many questions about the opening of common rooms, study rooms, fitness rooms, and playrooms. We continue to work with local and University partners to finalize a plan that will allow us to open these spaces safely. We expect a rolling opening throughout the fall 2021 semester, subject to guidance at that time.  We will share reopening dates as soon as they are available via our website and email communications. 

2021 Mar 24 - 1:57pm

Are you interested in joining a dynamic staff and contributing to your community? The goal of the Graduate Commons Program is to bring together Harvard affiliates from across disciplines and cultures, in order to create a more meaningful residential experience.  Community Advisors (CAs) are an integral part of our operation. With their help, GCP is able to host dozens of programs every year to support our Community and help make Harvard home. We're excited to extend this unique opportunity to join us for the upcoming 2021-2022 Academic Year!


2021 Jan 25 - 9:35am

Happy first day of the semester!

As the semester kicks-off, we want to remind our residents that our resident inquiry form is open for their use.  Drop a line if you have questions about programming, Covid-19 procedures, or more. 

2021 Jan 15 - 9:36am

Graduate Commons returns next week with our annual MLK Day of Service event.  Welcome events will begin the last week in January.  New semester, new neighbors, new events.  Check our calendar for more information. 

2020 Nov 25 - 10:47am

This form is to help us make sure residents are receiving accurate, up-to-date information about the University's response and guidance around COVID-19. Our goal is to connect you with the appropriate resources across campus and in the community. Please be safe and healthy this Thanksgiving!

2020 Nov 5 - 3:16pm

Join Harvard Rec and DJ Leah V for a virtual dance party live from Smith Campus Center!  Click on the link at 8pm to dance with us!

2020 Nov 2 - 1:51pm
HUH Common Spaces

HUH will continue to keep our common spaces, including common rooms, study rooms, fitness rooms, and playrooms closed based on advice from our campus health and safety partners.  HUH will continue to connect with our partners and explore whether we can safely reopen our spaces in a phased and responsible manner in accordance with local and University guidelines.  Information and use details will be provided to residents as these spaces become available.

2020 Oct 28 - 10:13am

During the month of November, the Graduate Student Affairs Circle is opening up a number of events focused on community and care, maing them available to affiliates across the University.  See details and registration links on the Event tab. 

2020 Oct 22 - 1:57pm

We are spending more time in our homes than ever before.  Take some time to make it as healthy as possible by reading some of the practical tips in this Sustainability at Home guide.  This is a joint venture between Graduate Commons and the Office for Sustainability.  

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