On Campus Housing


Career Discovery participants staying on campus will reside at Story and Shaw Halls located at the Harvard Law School (HLS) on 12 Everett Street in Cambridge (Google Map).

Checking IN and OUT of the Dorms

Check-in location: 12 Everett St, Cambridge.

Student should plan their arrival to Cambridge during the following hours: 

Moving IN:

          12 – 6 p.m.
          10 – 7 p.m.*

* 7 p.m. – mandatory hall meeting in the lounge of Story Hall followed by ice cream social to follow!

Upon arrival residence assistants will provide you with your room assignment and keys. If you are unable to arrive during the allotted times please refer to the Late Arrivals section of this site.

Moving OUT:


          4:00 p.m.

Participants are welcome to move out on any date earlier than the above listed date, but we are not, under any circumstances, able to accommodate later move out dates.

Late Arrivals

It is strongly encouraged for students to plan their arrival during the move-in dates and hours listed above. However, we understand that circumstances may prevent you from arriving during the allotted time and ask that you notify the Career Discovery Office (discovery@gsd.harvard.edu) of your late arrival as soon as possible so the appropriate arrangement can be made.

If you are arriving past midnight, we recommend making arrangements to stay a local hotel for the evening.

Directions and Parking

Story and Shaw Halls –  12 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Parking is extremely limited in the Cambridge area and most roads, such as Everett Street, require city permits for parking every day of the week except for Sundays.  If arriving on Saturday, please be sure someone accompanies you and is able to stay with your vehicle as you unload.

If parking is needed for longer than 15 minutes, you should consider purchase a half day or full day pass to the 52 Oxford St parking garage, which is located a block away from the  HLS campus. This is the closest and cheapest parking option.  A full day’s pass on the weekend is $8, but passes MUST be purchased in advance. You can purchase a parking pass here: https://onedaypermit.vpcs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl. When registering for a pass, please use Graduate School of Design for the Department and 1001 for the Department Code. 

If you do not purchase a pass in advance, there are a number of parking garages in Harvard Square that can be used for an hourly rate:

Holyoke Center Parking Garage, 617.723.1488, 1350 Massachusetts Ave, just off Harvard Square between Massachusetts Ave and Mt. Auburn St. Enter on Holyoke St.
Harvard Square Parking Garage, 617.491.0298, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge

Shipping Packages Ahead of Move In

We understand, before the program it may be necessary to ship packages with items needed for the duration of your stay. We recommend using FedEx (www.fedex.com) as an option to send these packages. The FedEx Cambridge location, which is located a few blocks from the dormitories, will hold packages for pick-up at the store.

General Information About Dorm Accommodations

The campus is equipped with a wireless network that is accessible to all Harvard affiliates. A Harvard Key is necessary to access the network or you may login as a Harvard guest. Instructions on how to connect to the Guest Network can be found on the HLS website here.

All rooms are single occupancy rooms with a shared single-sex bathroom on every floor and a kitchen on alternating floor. Single rooms are provided with simple accommodations.  You will need to bring bedding, desk lamp and other personal items (see below).

You will need sheets to fit a long twin bed. Sheets are also available through Harvard Student Agencies (HSA). Note that no cooking utensils are provided in the kitchens, so students should bring their own. Cooking items such as microwaves are not allowed in the rooms.

Larger items can be rented for the duration of the program through HSA. To access more information about the HSA rental options please see the HSA rental website.

All rooms include: 

  • Extra-long twin bed (80″ x 36″, 200cm x 90cm) with built in storage under the bed
  • Wastebasket
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Chest of drawers
  • Recycling bin
  • Full-length mirror
  • Bookshelves
  • Closet with built-in shelving
  • Wireless and wired Internet access
  • Communal lounges, kitchens, and bathrooms
  • Laundry facilities in basements
  • Box Fan

Things to Consider Bringing

  • Alarm clock
  • Bedding – Pillows, blankets, mattress cover (mattresses are fire-resistant with a plastic surface), egg crate and bed sheets
  • Towels
  • Computer/laptop and surge protector
  • Food storage containers
  • Hangers
  • Laundry bag/basket or hamper
  • Laundry detergent
  • Refrigerator (less than 4 cubic feet)
  • Shower caddy
  • Kitchen supplies


  • Candles, or any type of an open flame
  • Cooking appliances of any kind: microwaves, microfridges (including those available for rent through HSA), coffee maker, toaster ovens, toasters, hot plates
  • Halogen lamps
  • Space heaters
  • Pets of any kind


The kitchen is located o the first floor of Story Hall and are equipped with basic appliances (stove/oven, microwave, toaster oven, and refrigerator/freezer). Residents must provide their own pots, pans, and utensils, etc., which are not included.

Laundry Rooms 

All residents will have access to laundry facilities in the dorms. Laundry rooms include coin operated washers and dryers. Students must provide their own laundry products, such as detergent.