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  1. HUH is a lot like renting a normal apartment, but your landlord is Harvard. It's market rate, so it's still pretty pricey. If you're going for anything other than a 1 bedroom/studio you'd also have to worry about finding your own flatmates (who have to all be Harvard affiliates). GSAS housing is dorms for graduate students. You put down your preferences and get assigned a single room. You have communal bathrooms, access to a kitchen, and a meal plan at Dudley House. You don't get the same independence of living on your own, but it's really convenient. I lived in the dorms my first year, a
  2. I'm a current PhD student in CS at Harvard (so, of course, completely unbiased since I really like it here). I can't really speak to UW, since I didn't apply or consider it. All of your "Pros" for Harvard are some of the things I really liked about the program, and why I came here. CS and all of SEAS is really flexible, in terms of coursework, advising, etc. It's also a nice collaborative community, which I think the size definitely helps with. I've also taken a couple of classes at MIT, which is nice. For me, the Boston area was a pro rather than a con; I went to undergrad in Boston and
  3. Allston is fine. I have a number of friends who live there; it's full of students and some of Harvard's stuff is over there (business school, athletics/gyms, soon part of SEAS). As a mid-twenties woman myself, I personally wouldn't have qualms about living in Allston. It's is about the only place in Boston proper that would be reasonable to live (transportation-wise) if you'll be primarily based on the Cambridge campus. Harvard grad students also live all over Cambridge and Somerville, the latter generally being the cheaper option of those two. As far as transportation, the 66 bus is the
  4. There are definitely people out there trying to scam, so do not take a place before you have been able to see it in person! I'd look into Harvard University Housing (off-campus, university owned, but some restrictions on who can live there), or consider arriving in time to find a place while staying in an Airbnb.
  5. For GSAS dorms, the only building where you can do 2 to a room is Childs, in a 2 room suite. (They're dorm rooms, with a single twin bed.) And I believe that you both have to be Harvard students/affiliates for this. I don't think the dorms would really suit what you're looking for. I'd recommend finding off-campus housing.
  6. Allston has a ton of students, and it'll be more affordable than Back Bay in general.
  7. Depends on where you are in Sommerville. In general, lots of Sommerville is cheaper because it's not on the T, but the busses are pretty good unless the weather gets atrocious. It's definitely bikeable, though in the winter that might get messier.
  8. Did they say how many people were in the cohort this year?
  9. Last year there were only 2 people who posted results on the survey here, but this year there are at 6 so far. Random chance, more engagement, or more applicants this year? I also enjoy the rejection comment: "Darn you Rick Perry."
  10. They told us last summer that the funding was restructured after the fears of a couple years ago. Now, instead of the money being allocated year-by-year, they put it all in the budget "up front" so when they select a class of fellows, their funding is already in the bank account for all 4 years of funding. Also, when there was the concern about the CSGF being eliminated, apparently a lot of higher-ups in the DOE went to bat for it, which suggests whey're quite motivated to keep it around.
  11. From my experience, the grades are achievable. I'd use a rough conversion of pass = C, merit = B, and distinction = A. They just don't have the same kind of inflation that we do here, so you don't get people topping out the scale.
  12. I did my bachelor's in the US and engineering MRes at Imperial. One of the big differences between North America is that the marks come down entirely to a final exam (or in the case of more hands on engineering fields, an exam and a project). There is generally less you are required to do during the term (unless it's a coding-based class, in my experience), so there's a lot more personal responsibility required to stay on top of the material. Also remember that the grading scheme is different: 50% is passing, 60% is merit, 70% is distinction. Getting a 90%+ like you would for an A here is not
  13. I missed the phone call when they called with the acceptance last year, but they left a message to call back. If you had a missed call but no voicemail, that probably wasn't it.
  14. Some of the delay caused in previous years (before last year) was funding uncertainty. Last spring I was expecting to hear mid-April, so I was surprised to hear back before the end of March with the good news.
  15. A lot of leases (outside the hardcore undergrad areas) seem to go up 90 days before the end of the lease. So I'd expect a lot coming up at the end of May/beginning of June for Sept. 1 leases. But if you're looking to fill a room in an existing place, that's a lot easier. (Also, I got an awesome place with a June 1 lease! I'm stoked.)
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