The Housing Market 2013
Eliot historically housed the rich and the famous of Harvard undergraduates: those students with last names such as Cabot, Lowell, and Adams. Though housing randomization has done away with its exclusivity, Eliot's rich community and classic Harvard facilities make it one of the most desirable Houses on campus. With an expansive, hammock-filled courtyard, beautiful river views, and close proximity to classes in the Yard, residents are hard-pressed to name drawbacks of their beloved Domus. This year, Eliot maintains its second place position in the House rankings.
Quincy House has managed to maintain a strong sense of community this year despite the dispersion of residents in swing housing throughout the Square while Old Quincy undergoes renovation. Next year, the wait will be over, and Old Quincy will be the newest housing on campus. Those freshmen lucky enough to land a spot in (new) Old Quincy will find the best of both worlds—spacious, modern, and well-appointed rooms within a facade that maintains Harvard's neo-Georgian flair—all just steps from both the River and the Square.
This year, Adams House seems to be pushing its dining hall and gold digs as its main perks. But as anyone who knows and loves this occasionally war-mongering House will tell you, there's a lot more to Adams than meets the eye. A perennial favorite, centrally-located Adams is the House of gargoyles, gilded walls, and a whole lot more (the list, as you'll see, goes on and on).
Kirkland residents act like Yale students during Harvard-Yale weekend: they just can't stop telling you how great their House is and how much better they are by association. Sure, we'd like them to tone it down a bit and maybe stop making out with each other, but unlike the Yalies, Kirkland students genuinely have a lot to brag about. From the great location to the homey vibe, Kirkland looks like it's straight out of a Harvard catalogue, causing us to wonder why Mark Zuckerberg decided to leave early.
The phrase, "I can see the SOCH from my House!" is not generally considered a good thing among Harvard undergraduates.