Hotels near Harvard College
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“The clean, well-reviewed 40Berkeley hostel offers nightly stays as low as $65 in the city’s South End.”
Harvard University is arguably the most prestigious, well-known secondary education institution in the world in one of the most popular cities in the United States. Coupled those factors with Boston’s sky-high cost of living and the task of finding an affordable hotel near the university might seem impossible. Between the cities of Cambridge and Boston proper, there are more than 23,000 hotel rooms and accommodation options to choose from. Budget travelers looking to visit Harvard University and save big in Cambridge will do well to stay flexible on their list of must-have hotel amenities.

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Neighborhoods near Harvard College
East CambridgeMid-Cambridge
The Charles Hotel
The Charles Hotel
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4.3
One Bennett Street, Cambridge
from $179
Boston Marriott Cambridge
Boston Marriott Cambridge
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4.2
Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway, Cambridge
from $119
Royal Sonesta Boston
Royal Sonesta Boston
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4.3
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge
from $139
Harvard Square Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
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4.0
110 Mount Auburn Street Harvard Square, Cambridge
from $139
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
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4.3
16 Garden St, Cambridge
from $189
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
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4.5
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge
from $134
Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge
Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge
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4.0
777 Memorial Dr, Cambridge
from $96
Hampton Inn Boston Cambridge
Hampton Inn Boston Cambridge
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4.1
191 Monsignor O'Brien Highway, Cambridge
from $98
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
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4.0
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
from $107
Hotel Tria
Hotel Tria
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3.9
220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge
from $121
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Book an Airbnb Stay for the Best Blend of Price and Location

As with any major city, Boston offers a large variety of Airbnb options from small private rooms with shared bathrooms, to shared apartment spaces, to complete homes for rent. Travelers willing to compromise a bit on space and amenities can save big and still stay relatively close to Harvard. Private rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens can be found for between $85-100 nightly. The highly rated Guest House Harvard, for example, is within walking distance of the university and costs around $91 per night. It’s possible to find other Airbnb accommodations for as low as $65 nightly; however, the location far off campus hardly seems worth the lower price.

Find a Great, Budget-friendly Hotel in East Cambridge

Travelers looking to step up from shared accommodations can still find a number of cheap hotels near Harvard University. Just a short subway ride away, the Boston Hotel Buckminster, Oasis Guest House, and Boston Common Hotel are all frequently available for less than $100 nightly. Just east of the university in East Cambridge are the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Cambridge, and Hampton Inn Boston Cambridge hotels. All three are an even shorter subway ride away from the university and are available for $150-160 nightly.

Avoid Low-Priced Motels Far from Harvard University

The clean, well-reviewed 40Berkeley hostel offers nightly stays as low as $65 in the city’s South End. However, few other motel or hostel options exist within Cambridge and downtown Boston. Travelers interested in the absolute lowest priced accommodations will need to look even farther from the university. The no-frills Farrington Inn offers stays for around $75 nightly in the Allston/Brighton neighborhood. The Super 8 Motel in Watertown and Wyndham Boston/Chelsea are both available for the same price. However, the added cost to travel between Harvard University and these properties will likely offset any initial savings.

Skip the Rental Car in Favor of Boston’s Reliable Public Transportation

Parking and driving can be difficult, expensive, and downright maddening in downtown Boston. Luckily the city has a reliable public transportation system that serves Boston, Cambridge, and the outlying suburbs quite well. For just $12 per day or $19 per week, travelers can purchase a CharlieCard pass that provides unlimited subway, local bus, and inner harbor ferry travel. With a surprisingly well-thought-out transit map, it’s extremely easy for even Boston newcomers to get around. Beware that during rush hour, concerts at the TD Garden, Red Sox games, and other major events in the city, wait times for the subway can be an hour or more as subway cars fill to capacity.

The bottom line is that it’s best to skip the rental car counter and instead rely on the city’s excellent public transportation system. Budget travelers who don’t mind shared spaces and skimping on more luxurious amenities can save big by looking to the city’s myriad affordable Airbnb accommodation options.

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