Most PiN students live in shared off-campus housing in walking distance of the Longwood Medical Area, and take Zillow or Craigslist as a starting point for an independent housing search. Students also post housing opportunities and needs on the #classifieds channel in the PiN Students Slack space, and may find it helpful to refer to GSAS Off-Campus Housing, Harvard/MIT housing Facebook groups, and HarvardHousingOffCampus.com, a private market rental site that includes a roommate search option, HUH sublet listings for eligible Harvard affiliates, and other resources.
Some students choose to take part in the Harvard Resident Tutor Program, through which graduate students earn free housing and a limited meal plan in exchange for providing a variety of services to undergraduate students. Other Harvard housing options include:
Parking in Boston is expensive and hard to find, and it can be difficult to rent an apartment that offers parking (particularly in Brookline, where there is no overnight street parking). Students can refer to Harvard Transportation for current information on biking, Harvard shuttles, ordering discounted MBTA passes, campus parking, etc.
The subway, buses, and commuter rail that make up the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) - known as the "T" – allow you to travel easily all over the city and suburbs. Harvard students are eligible to recieve a 50% discount on MBTA passes.
- Blue Bike Bike Share Program. Harvard students are eligible for a discounted Blue Bikes Annual Membership for only $70 (30% discount)!
- $15 Bicycle Helmets are for sale at the Campus Service Center. Cash or check only.
- Bicycle Parking on Campus
- HMS Biking
- Additional Biking Resources
- M2 Shuttle Bus provides free service from Harvard Medical School to MIT to Harvard Square in Cambridge.
- MASCO Shuttles
- Medical Area – Ruggles Station Schedule
- Medical Area – Landmark Center Schedule
- Partners Shuttle Schedule (BWH – MGH/ MGH – Navy Yard)
- Harvard Shuttle and Van Service Academic Shutttles provides free transportation throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses.
Car & ride sharing
- Students receive a discount on Zipcar car sharing and on rental cars through the Harvard travel portal, good options for day and weekend trips.
- Uber and Lyft are popular ride sharing options in Boston.
Boston is a compact city that offers beautiful architecture, landscapes, and serene urban green spaces. Getting around is often easiest on foot, so enjoy the view and stay safe!
Extra Income Opportunities
Crowdsourced by PiN students:
- TA a class after passing your PQE (e.g., MATLAB bootcamp, Rick’s stats course, NB 215, undergrad classes in Cambridge, some medical school classes), with varying levels of commitment and pay.
- Apply for an external fellowship G1/G2 year (e.g., NSF GRFP, NDSEG)
- Apply for a predoctoral fellowship (e.g., NIH F30/F31): budget allocates for a yearly institutional allowance, which can be used to buy a new laptop/tablet, etc., in the first year of the fellowship
- Alex Shimada-Brand in DMS advises students on external fellowships
- HMS Department of Neurobiology internal fellowships
- Outside tutoring with a high-end firm ($60-100/hr)
For international students
International students are eligible for a limited number of external fellowships, depending on their country of citizenship; examples include Autism speaks, AAUW(American Association of University Women), and Faculty for the Future (international students from developing countries).
Harvard students can purchase discounted tickets through Outings & Innings to seasonal attractions (e.g., whale watching, amusement parks, downhill skiing), touring museum exhibits, performing arts and sporting events, and more. Many local businesses offer a discount for Harvard students (e.g., restaurants, gyms, clothing stores). See "Transportation" above for MBTA, bikeshare, and car share discounts. Below is a list of museums that offer free admission to Harvard students with an HUID.