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Cambridge & Beyond

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Cambridge, located on the Charles River, is the ultimate college town, with bookstores, coffeehouses, movie theaters, and music and clothing stores. During the summer, Harvard Square is alive with street performers and outdoor cafes. Downtown, just four subway stops away, offers gourmet restaurants, museums, theaters, and dance clubs. Summer School students can visit New England’s historic villages, beautiful mountains, lakes, rocky coastline, and sandy ocean beaches, or they can enjoy the green lawns of Harvard Yard that provide ideal spots for study, reflection, and diversion from the bustle of Harvard Square.


Harvard University is six miles (9.5 km) from Logan International Airport and five miles (8 km) from downtown Boston. Transportation to and from the airport is available by taxi or by public transportation. Public transportation in the Boston area is convenient and inexpensive (subway and bus services to most destinations cost $1.25). Harvard’s libraries, museums, and athletic facilities are within easy walking distance of residences and classrooms. A shuttle bus service provides free transportation to key locations around campus during Opening Weekend.

Time Zone

Harvard is on eastern standard time. When Greenwich mean time is 9 pm, the time in Cambridge is 4 pm.


In Cambridge, summers usually are beautiful, warm, and sunny, with occasional hot spells, cool nights, or rain.

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