HopefulGrad2B Posted February 20, 2011 Share Posted February 20, 2011 Hey everyone! I tried posting this on the City Guide thread but the Cambridge/Boston sub-thread doesn't seem very active right now. I'd really appreciate your advice about Harvard's LGBTQ-friendliness, especially with regard to housing. Thanks so much in advance! So I've recently been admitted to Harvard GSAS and I'm seriously considering attending! However, I have some questions about living arrangements. I would be living with my partner, who will not be a registered Harvard grad student. I take it that means on-campus housing is completely out of the picture... is that right? If so, then would I be missing out on the first year grad experience? I have the impression that a lot of first year grad students live on campus, have a meal plan and have social lives that revolve significantly around Dudley House, etc. Would living off campus lessen any of that for me? (I wouldn't want to have a meal plan if it meant having to ditch my partner at mealtimes...) If on-campus housing isn't an option for me, then should I consider finding off-campus housing through the Housing office? How have couples, married or partnered, navigated this process before? My stipend is ~24k for 10 months and ~5k summer research and travel funding. But I don't know Cambridge so I have no clue which areas off-campus would be reasonable considering my stipend. My partner will be flying in from abroad with some money saved up and would consider working in the area. Neither of us has a particularly extravagant lifestyle. We would definitely be somewhat frugal and realistic... I just have no clue in which areas to start looking... Finally, if I choose Harvard, when should I start looking for housing? I'd like to be moved in by mid-August; just in time for Orientation and right before the start of classes... I'd appreciate any and all advice!! Thank you so much! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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