Accessible housing is available to students at Harvard who have disabilities that substantially impact one or more major life activities as they relate to housing. The purpose of housing accommodations is to address aspects of residential life that are inaccessible in relation to a student’s disability. Examples of housing accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Elevator access or ground-floor room location

  • ADA accessible bedrooms and restrooms

  • Conjoining Personal Care Assistant rooms

  • Allergen-related modifications such as air-conditioners and carpet-free rooms

Please note that housing accommodation assessments are made based on medical need, and accessible options in each dorm/house vary. The Disability Access Office (DAO) works closely with the Dean of Students Office and GSAS Housing Services to identify suitable and available alternative housing solutions whenever possible. If a student’s disability-related needs cannot be met within their assigned house, a medical transfer may be considered. DAO staff do not make recommendations for a student to be moved to a particular house or geographic location. Medically necessary adjustments in housing are made on a case-by-case basis.

Housing accommodations are reviewed on a yearly basis by DAO in order to ensure students are receiving the most appropriate accommodations to meet their needs.

Students requesting housing accommodations should complete the registration process and include any supporting documentation by the deadlines stipulated in the instructions specific to each enrollment year (see sidebar). Requests for housing accommodations received after these deadlines will be considered, but may be subject to delays in review and implementation. Documentation can be uploaded on AIM, or may be emailed, faxed, or mailed to our office.