Visiting Your Student

Many events take place on campus for parents and family members including First-Year Family Weekend, Junior Family Weekend and Commencement.

In addition, Harvard families might visit at other times of year to see a Harvard athletic event or performance, or to explore greater Cambridge and Boston.

Here we have compiled some useful information to assist in planning your visit.


There are a wide variety of accommodations around Harvard Square. The following organizations maintain lists of area hotels:

Note: During First-Year Family Weekend and Junior Family Weekend, room blocks at a few Cambridge hotels will be reserved at a special rate for Harvard families, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the Junior Family Weekend page for information.


Complimentary parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street parking lot for our visiting families during Junior Family Weekend and First-Year Family Weekend, courtesy of the Dean of Students Office (you will need to inform the attendant that you are attending Family Weekend). 

For additional visitor parking information, please visit the Harvard Parking Services website.


View the campus map.

Transportation (Getting Around)

Information on local bus and subway routes.

Shuttles are available on campus. View the schedules and real-time vehicle locations.



For information about dining on-campus with your student, please visit the Harvard University Dining Services website.


Harvard Square offers a wide range of delicious dining options from burgers and sandwiches to gourmet fare. For more information, please visit the Harvard Square Business Association’s most current list.

Wi-Fi Access

Please enjoy complimentary wi-fi access while you are on campus by choosing Harvard Guest when connecting to the internet.


View local Cambridge weather.