Lowell floorplans

Incoming students: to assist with your planning, please see pictures of typical rooms in renovated Lowell House (with furniture) as well as the index of square footage of each room by room number. 

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Room Reservations

  • ONLY students and affilates on the current Harvard testing cadence are allowed inside our rooms
  • ONLY Lowell students or tutors can make reservations for these spaces
  • MASKS are required in all spaces

To RESERVE MOST AREAS in this House you have to go to our Lowell room booking system and create an account.

(In order to make a Dance Studio reservation, you will have to create a secondary account: your username should end in _dance and your department should be "Dance Studio". )

Exceptions: The Screening Room and the Pines Seminar Room are on EMS RoomBook: and only AFTER the hours of 5:00pm and on weekends.  During weekdays, these two spaces will be approved for reservation by the Harvard Registrar for class use.

No food and drink are allowed in any of these rooms for any private event. 

Room Descriptions: please read before booking

Art Room (EL05)

Located in the underground under J/K entries, the new Art Room will be under the jurisdiction of the Lowell Arts Tutor (Georgia Stirtz, and will be used for arts classes, projects, and crafts. It is only bookable for Lowell House residents through the Lowell Room Reservation system.  It is not bookable for non-Lowell events or meetings.

Coolidge Room (W138)

Named for the first dean of Lowell House, Julian Coolidge, this quaint room evokes another time with its elongated seminar table, blackboard, and library collection. Located in the underpass of R entryway off the courtyard, this room seats about 20.  This room is keyed, therefore you must check out a key from the Building Manager's Office to get into this space (once you have reserved it). Book through the Lowell Reservations system. Note: it is not air-conditioned and will be inappropriate for anyone needing temperature accommodations in the heat.

Dance Studio (WS04)

Located in the underground adjacent to the Screening Room, the new Dance Studio is reservable for Harvard affiliated choreographers for 5 hours a week. Reservations approved by House Office through Lowell Room Reservations system.

In order to make a reservation, you must create a separate account: your username should end in _dance and your department should be "Dance Studio".

Note for fall 2021: Only Harvard affiliates on the Harvard testing cadence may use the space. 10 people or fewer at a time.

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Dining Hall

This space is not reservable except for special events, House formals, or campus events.  There is a  minimum 3 week lead time to apply; personal approval from the House Administrator is necessary. Paper forms to apply to reserve the Dining Hall are available at the House Office, not online.  Important note for fall 2021: due to current College covid restrictions, no private dances or parties will be approved for the dining hall space.

Harley Meeting Room

Located adjacent to the Building Manager’s Office on the first floor of Otto Hall, this meeting room seats 8 comfortably and is available for bookings by Lowell affiliates between February and May, 2022. It is not available during fall term. Book through the Lowell Room Reservations system. 

Junior Common Room

The premier livingroom of the House, the JCR is located across from the Dining Hall and open 24/7 for Lowell residents to gather, watch TV, play music, entertain, and be together. It is only bookable by Lowell affiliates and not during the weeknights as we prefer to keep this room as the 'family room' of the House.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are bookable by Lowellians-- and their groups but due to current College covid restrictions, no private gatherings with food and drink can be approved in this space until further notice.  All booking requests need 8 days lead time. We don't accept bookings for Harvard student group meetings, rehearsals, auditions. 

Kitchen (EL04)

Attached to the Underground Lounge but separately secured, this kitchen will be the spot for baking nights, student breaks, and as a support kitchen for any approved events in the lounge.  Stein Club and House Committee will use this kitchen as their primary staging ground for their underground events but it can still be reserved for incidental use by students. Important: You will have to sign out a key at the Building Manager's Office for use of the kitchen, and you will be liable if the kitchen is left dirty or dishes unwashed in any way! 

Lowell Room Reservations system


The beloved traditional study space located on the second floor of Otto Hall (D/E entries) has had a gentle refurbishment and stands ready for all Lowellians to come and study peacefully in the wood-panelled quiet.  It is not reservable, it is for Lowell residents, and it is considered a quiet study space.

Makerspace (EL51)

Located in the underground under G/H entries, the new Makerspace will be under the jurisdiction of our engineering tutor, Kelly Miller ( and will be used for projects and collaborations under her jurisdiction. Reservation requests and inquiries should go to Kelly Miller. Generally, this space will not be reservable for the general student public.

Music Practice Rooms (EL45, EL46, EL47, EL48)

We have four music practice rooms available in the underground near the mail room. All are soundproofed and three have an acoustic piano. The fourth is optimal for small a capella rehearsal or chamber groups. Masks are required, even during music rehearsals!

Lowell Room Reservations system

Pines Seminar Room

Situated off the main lobby on the first floor of Otto Hall in Lowell House, this beautiful seminar room seats 20-22 people. Largely booked for classes during the day, this room is bookable by Lowell affiliates only, and after 4:30pm or on weekends through EMS RoomBook.  No food or drink.

Screening Hall

Located on the underground level (in a former squash court) via the stairs down from the lobby, this wood paneled, tiered-seating, multi-use space is the prize of the renewal project. Perfect for movie screenings, large seminars, small performances or gatherings, this room seats c. 40 seated and more standing once the seats are retracted. This space has particular requirements (set up time and limited food policy) and is bookable by Lowell affiliates only after 4:30pm and weekends through EMS RoomBook. 

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Senior Common Room

Located on the main floor of Otto Hall adjacent to the lobby, the Senior Common Room is a refuge for SCR members and quiet gatherings. It is for tutors and SCR members to be used for gatherings, study breaks, Poemicals, advising lunches, and other SCR-related activity. 

Small Dining Room

This room is located behind the dais at the far end of the Dining Hall. It is a very popular space perhaps because of its proximity to the Dining Hall. It seats about 22. We do not accept dinner-time reservations of student groups for this space but it can be reserved at other non-dinner times. Reservations are subject to pre-emption for occasional special events. Book through Lowell Room Reservations system.  Note: in the spring term Lowell House Opera uses the room exclusively and it is not available to anyone between mid-March and mid-April.

Squash Court

Located in the underground West wing, this squash court is swipe access open for Lowellians but we prefer you make reservations in the system first. Maximum occupancy is 10 people; please do not use this space for gatherings or events with food, drink, and equipment!  Floors must stay clean.

Lowell Room Reservations system

Terrace Seminar Room (EG01)

Situated on the ground floor of J entryway, this seminar room seats 10 and is bookable by Lowell House residents only (due to the fact that it is situated within a residential hallway). First priority to tutors, students, or sections taught by Lowell House affiliates. Quiet Houses are observed for this space: 11am - 11pm. Book through Lowell Room Reservations system. No food or drink in this space.

Tower Room

Head upstairs for a beautiful vista from the 6th floor space under the bell tower. This multi-floored Tower Room is an iconic gathering spot and cozy room to gather with your friends. Standing capacity around 25, seated capacity c. 12-15. Can be reserved by Harvard student groups with Lowellian sponsor. You can reach it from Elevator 2 accross from the Building Manager's Office --stop at "5M."  Note: this space does not have a door on the lower level so it cannot be made entirely private.  Important update for fall 2021: due to current College covid regulations no food, drink, or parties are allowed.

Lowell Room Reservations system

Underground Lounge

The main gathering space for students, House Committee events, Stein Clubs and more, this lounge has a kitchen attached and is primarily intended for Lowell House resident use.  Bookings need approval from the House Office and a 4 day lead time. **Due to current college covid restrictions, no private parties with food and drink can be approved until further notice**. We do not accept bookings for  recurring student group meetings, rehearsals, auditions.  

Lowell Room Reservations system