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Living near Harvard


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Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest university in the country, and the area surrounding the school reflects its historic charm and prestige. Whether you’re a student or a young professional, the atmosphere, entertainment, and restaurants near Harvard University are sure to be a draw. From the bustling brick sidewalks of Harvard Square to museums, nearby parks, and more, apartments near Harvard put residents right in the center of life in Cambridge. 

Apartments near Harvard are highly populated by students, with a great deal of university-owned housing in the area. Still, a diverse group of people from academics to entrepreneurs and young families to Cambridge lifers also call this area home. Apartments for rent can be found in low-rise apartment buildings around Harvard Square. Additionally, the streets surrounding Harvard Square are characterized by charming single- and two-family homes. For those looking for proximity to Harvard Square at more affordable prices, renting in Central Square or just over the line in Somerville is another option.

While the nearby retail landscape has been shifting over the last few decades due to gentrification, proximity to both Inman Square and Harvard Square still means an abundance of shopping and excellent restaurants to choose from, including upscale American fare at local favorites like Alden & Harlow or Harvest, as well as a plethora of pubs and bars. For college students on a budget, there are also plenty of fast-casual chains serving up cheaper eats.

Living near Harvard offers a straightforward commute, whether you’re heading into Boston proper or to one of the many nearby office buildings that start-ups call home. Still, drivers should be aware that parking in Cambridge can be tricky. While there is metered parking and garages, as well as reserved street parking for residents, snagging a spot near popular locations like Harvard can be a challenge. Fortunately, there is easy access to the MBTA Red Line and buses. The area is very walkable and bike-friendly. Whether right next to Harvard yard or further afield, great apartments, dining, entertainment, and local businesses are just steps away.


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