Boston offers a wealth of activities; great dining, museums, music, theater, historic sites, sporting events, and recreation. Students can easily go on day trips to hiking trails, Harbor Islands, coastal beaches, and ski resorts. Boston is also a hub for dozens of cutting-edge industries, including biotechnology, pharma, consulting, science policy and communication, and many more leading fields. Students have the opportunity to develop robust professional networks that extend beyond the classroom and lab to hone in on their professional development paths.
There are many housing options available to DMS students near Longwood (HMS) and Cambridge.
- GSAS Residence Halls
- Vanderbilt Hall
- Harvard-Owned Apartments
Off-Campus Housing. Many students live off-campus in the Cambridge and Boston area.
Students may access HarvardHousingOffCampus.com, a private market rental site that includes a roommate search option, HUH sublet listings for eligible Harvard affiliates, and other resources.
Students have access to numerous modes of transportation.
The subway, buses, and commuter rail that make up the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) - known as the "T" – allow you to travel easily all over the city and suburbs. Harvard students are eligible to receive a 50% discount on MBTA passes.
- Blue Bike Bike Share Program. Harvard students are eligible for a discounted Blue Bikes Annual Membership for only $70 (30% discount)!
- $15 Bicycle Helmets are for sale at the Campus Service Center. Cash or check only.
- Bicycle Parking on Campus
- HMS Biking
- Additional Biking Resources
Harvard offers shuttle buses, evening van service, and the Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP) in Cambridge, and the Walking Escort Service in the Longwood Medical Area
- M2 Shuttle Bus provides free service from Harvard Medical School to MIT to Harvard Square in Cambridge.
- MASCO Shuttles
- Medical Area – Ruggles Station Schedule
- Medical Area – Landmark Center Schedule
- Mass General Brigham Shuttle (BWH – MGH/ MGH – Navy Yard)
- Harvard Shuttle and Van Service Academic Shuttles provides free transportation throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses.
Activities and Social Groups
There are many opportunities to build relationships outside of the lab that will help you thrive as a graduate student.
- The GSAS Student Center offers social, intellectual, and recreational activities designed to help GSAS students make connections outside of the classroom, lab, or library.
- GSAS Engage is an online tool that makes it a little easier to find your fit on campus. Search through all of affiliated organizations, see what's happening, and get involved!
- Student Groups There are dozens of student-run organizations throughout GSAS and HMS that provide diverse opportunities for graduate students. Students in the Division of Medical Sciences participate in a wide range of activities to grow their networks, serve as leaders and volunteers, and enhance their graduate school experience.