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If you are an international student thinking about applying to Harvard Kennedy School, we encourage you to visit the Harvard International Office (HIO) to learn more about visas, travel inside and outside the United States, U.S. taxes, and life at Harvard.
HIO also provides information on local housing options and health insurance for international students and their dependents. The HIO Welcome Guide is another useful resource for international students as they settle into their lives at Harvard, and in the Boston-Cambridge area.
Each student comes to Harvard Kennedy School with different needs and life circumstances — some students are single, others have partners, children, or both. HKS works with Harvard University Housing (HUH) to provide students with some off-campus housing options in and around the Cambridge area that are suited to their living needs.
Harvard University Housing manages furnished and unfurnished rental apartments near Harvard’s Cambridge, Allston, and Longwood Medical Area campuses. HUH apartments range from studios to four-bedrooms, and several are pet friendly.
The Harvard Kennedy School Library’s mission is to serve the research, teaching, and learning needs of HKS students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater Harvard community.
Access to the library is limited to current Harvard ID holders and alumni.
The Harvard Kennedy School campus sits alongside John F. Kennedy Park next to the Charles River in the heart of Harvard Square, a historic and colorful neighborhood in Cambridge where students and scholars, culture, and creativity intersect.
The Square is a hub of activity where lively restaurants, outdoor cafés, coffee shops, bookstores, and music venues surround the central leafy Harvard campus and Harvard Yard, a five-minute walk from HKS.
We have over 70 student-run groups whose interests focus on a range of topics such as culture, policy, leadership, and sport. Student group events are open to all students and offer a platform for discussion and engagement with other students and guest speakers.