Vanderbilt Hall is the residence hall for Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. It also houses students from the Division of Medical Sciences and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as visiting students from all over the nation and the world.


Vanderbilt Hall COVID-19 Policies and Information

Updated February 3, 2022

The Medical School is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation and taking action for the health and wellness of our students. We understand that this is a very difficult and stressful time, but we will work together to keep everyone safe and well.  We will continue to make policy adjustments and implement additional measures as necessary. All updates to housing policies will be posted to this webpage.

The most up-to-date and detailed information may be found on the HMS Returning to Campus website.




  • Visitors  Friends and family members who are helping you move in are permitted.   The policy for all other visitors may be found here.
  • COVID Vaccinations  All students living on campus are required to have a COVID vaccination.  As with existing student requirements for other vaccines, exceptions will be provided only for medical or religious reasons.  Students should plan to be fully vaccinated before arriving at Vanderbilt Hall, meaning that at least two weeks have passed since the final dose of an FDA-authorized or approved vaccine (currently Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) or vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford). More information about the requirement and how to submit documentation may be found on the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) website.
  • Booster Requirement:  All students living on campus are required to obtain a booster shot. The deadline to receive and verify your COVID-19 booster is Monday, January 31st. If you are not yet eligible to receive the booster, your deadline will be 30 days after you become eligible. Visit the University’s vaccine and booster information webpage for more information, including resources for scheduling and verifying your booster.
  • Pre-arrival Testing Requirements: Those returning to campus after any period of time away should review the University’s updated testing protocols to ensure you have sufficient lead time to comply with your designated pre- and post-arrival testing requirements. If you are currently outside of the Boston/Cambridge area, please get tested prior to your return to ensure you are not putting others at risk of infection while in transit. Refer to the HMS Testing Guide for detailed information for our local community.
  • Self-Administered COVID-19 Testing  Students living in Vanderbilt Hall are required to undergo self-administered COVID-19 testing (testing frequency is subject to change based on changes in the epidemiology of COVID-19). Students who receive a positive test result will be required isolate in a designated area other than their assigned room.
  • Travel  Residents of Vanderbilt Hall must follow the latest University Travel Guidelines.
  • Athletic Facility  The athletic facilities are currently open to residential and off-campus students only.
  • Common Spaces The JBM Lounge, Deanery, two basement Music Rooms, and the Multifaith Prayer Room are open to residential and off-campus students.
  • Piggybacking/Tailgating  Facility access is permitted for the Vanderbilt Residents only by using a Harvard ID card.  Each resident is responsible for ensuring that visitors do not follow or tailgate to gain entry.  Harvard University photo IDs are not transferable.  Loaning or sharing of IDs for access is strictly prohibited for the safety of all our residents.
  • Smoking  Smoking is prohibited in Vanderbilt Hall. HMS is a smoke free environment; occupants who wish to smoke must do so outside and at least 25 feet away from any entrance to the building.


If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, complete the Crimson Clear health attestation.

If you seek alternate medical attention and are planning to isolate please immediately notify housing at for further instruction on how to properly quarantine/isolate.


Each resident should take steps to protect their health.  If you invest in your own health by distancing, wearing a mask and hand-washing, these actions will also help safeguard your neighbors’ well-being. Please consider those around you when making decisions that might affect their health, as well.


Enforcement Policy


We believe these additional rules and conditions are a critical component to managing the risks to students remaining on campus. Failure to comply with these expectations may result in a referral to the Office of Student Affairs and a potential loss of a rooming contract in Vanderbilt Hall.


Please contact the Housing Office at

Information regarding COVID-19 can be found  at or