This is a running list of various resources Harvard and Boston has to offer! First of, 6 Things Every Extension Student Should Know: Dining; Parking; Studying; Academic Services; Getting Involved; and Important Dates and Information

Perks of a Harvard ID

  • Free Museum entrance to Harvard Museums, as well as most museums around Boston (check out MFA, Isabella Gardner Museum, ICA or Museum of Science)
  • Free shuttle service around campus
  • Library access and privileges. You can get pretty much the same deal without an ID if you pay $100 at Library Services in Widener.
  • Eligible for Gym Membership
  • Free video and camera rental (DCE lab)
  • Free printing (Computer lab)

Residency requirement / Campus experience
Plan your visit to the campus
Airbnb Boston

"Hidden gems" of dining around Harvard square
The Harvard Faculty Club - open to anyone with a Harvard ID for brunch 
L.A. Burdick's Fine Chocolates in Harvard Square
The Queens Head Pub - "hidden" Harvard pub in the basement of the Memorial Hall

Vegetarian/Vegan Options
Clover (Harvard Square)
LifeAlive (Central Square)
Veggie Galaxy (Food in Central Square)
b.good - not strictly vegetarian, but has great veggie options

Pain Points for International Students:

  • Visa: unfortunately HES does not provide student visas. However, you can get one if you are taking 2 courses in Summer school
  • Critical Reading and Writing test: lasts one hour, consists of the reading part (multiple choice for reading comprehension), and an essay. For best results, practice writing opinion essays in half hour or less.

Academic Resources
Research Sources
The Harvard Writing Center
Grossman Library
Choosing between a Thesis and a Capstone
Free Statistical Data Services
Harvard GIS Labs (free workshops)

Harvard Library - Environment at a Glance
The Science Center and Lamont Library is open 24/7 during regular academic year.
The Grossman Library is dedicated specifically for the Extension School.
The DCE Computer Lab is open for anyone taking courses at HES. Tips: you can print here for free! Plus, rent out a ton of great equipment, like video cameras, etc.
Monrow C. Gutman Library is conveniently located right down the block from 51 Brattle St. (HES administration).

Special Academic Options
iLab - get help here to launch your startup
Public Service at Harvard Fellowship Programs
The China Fund
Philip Brooks House Associations
JFK Jr Foundation

SEM Program overview of degrees and certificates

Finance your studies
Financial Aid

Career support
Career and Resource Center (CARC) - for career assistance, contact Linda Spencer, Assistance Director and Coordinator of Harvard Extension School Career Advising at (617) 496-8946 or You may also visit the Office of Career Services on their website or in person at 54 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Internships - you can also do an internship, and count it towards your SEM credit requirements 

Campus Service Center

Harvard Extension School (HES) Facebook
HESA - Harvard Extension Student Association