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Students come to Harvard Kennedy School from across continents and sectors and with different perspectives and life experiences, creating a globally minded community that is vibrant, intellectually curious, and diverse. Activities, groups, and initiatives led by students are a pivotal piece of the HKS learning experience. Not only do students share the same passion to help make the world a better place, they act on it, and in the process build lasting friendships and professional networks.
Explore the links to the left-hand side to learn more about the many ways in which students enrich their time at HKS through involvement in student-run conferences and organizations, student government, activities, and events. You will also find information on services, housing, and for students with partners and families.
The Harvard Kennedy School campus sits alongside John F. Kennedy Park next to the Charles River in the heart of Harvard Square, a historic and colorful neighborhood in Cambridge where students and scholars, culture, and creativity intersect. The Square is a hub of activity where lively restaurants, outdoor cafés, coffee shops, bookstores, and music venues surround the central leafy Harvard campus and Harvard Yard, a five-minute walk from HKS.
The intellectual and cultural experience of studying in Cambridge is amplified by renowned institutions nearby, including the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums, the American Repertory Theater, Harvard libraries and their vast collections, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Downtown Boston is a quick 15-minute ride on the T, the city’s subway system.
Cambridge is also neighbor to the cities of Somerville, Brookline, and Watertown, which are easily accessible by the T or bus, and home to culturally diverse neighborhoods, restaurants, family-friendly parks, and entertainment. Many HKS students also plan their own weekend excursions to places like the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the nearby islands, and to other picturesque New England destinations.
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