Short-Term and Long-Term Visitors Information

Postdoctoral Program






Welome to ITAMP!

We are looking forward to your visit to ITAMP. Please read this page carefully

The information here contains details that will impact your expense reimbursements. We've included this information to inform you of ITAMP's travel policies and to help make your stay and your reimbursement go flawlessly. Once you have made your travel and lodging accommodations, let me know your itinerary so I can be sure everything is ready for your arrival.

There has been a change in the airline policy in the United States. In the past if you were travelling on federally sponsored programs, like ITAMP you had to fly a United States Flag Carrier. Now, if you are flying from a European Union Country, you can fly on that country's airline.

Travelers who purchased International airfares (defined as trips taking more than six hours of fly-time, including Alaska & Hawaii, but excluding trips to Canada and Mexico taking under six hours) follow the United States Federal Travel Regulations, even through less costly foreign flag carriers may be available. Please make sure that your ticket is written on an American Airline ticket stock and lists the American flight numbers. A helpful website regarding government travel regulations is http://www.fedtravel.com/gsa/default.asp.

With both Insitutions you must stay within the per diem guidelines for your accommodations. To find the current per diem for Cambridge visit www.gsa.gov website. Typically the range is between 150-180 depending on the time of year. Please also note that you will be reimbursed up to the amount agreed on in your invitation letter.

Both Harvard University and Smithsonian Insitute require that you submit a travel expense report, including receipts for all claimed expenses over $75. This must be done before you leave. Please make sure to make an appointment with ITAMP's Administrator in order to process this paparwork. Should you have any questions regarding the paperwork or the appointment, please contact Ms. Bastille via phone (617) 495-9524 or e-mail (lbastille@cfa.harvard.edu).



All of the sources for housing listed below are intended to assit you in finding housing in the Cambridge/Boston area. We do not endorse or guarantee any of them and we try to add new sources as we hear of them. Suggestions are welcome.


Local Bed and Breakfasts:

Boston Reservations : They are able to book with local Bed and Breakfasts in the area as well as other locations. Ask them for a place within walking distance to ITAMP and they will happily accommodate you.

Hancock House

Irving House

Long-term Visit and Apartments:

Accommodation Board: This site has been used by our visitors to obtain accommodations. It has information on listings in the Cambridge/Boston area for apartments or shared housing, and an e-mail address where you can post your own housing needs. Many people also use this site for posting furniture they wish to sell. Boston Globe Apartment Listings

CfA message board

Craig's List Search roommates ads or for apartments in Boston Area

Corporate Stay

Interim Housing Solutions

Real Estate Brokers, Cambridge

Search roommate ads or place them

Events and What to Do Around Town

Harvard Square website http://www.harvardsquare.com/default.aspx This site has a daily calender of all the fun things that happen in Harvard Square. Links to places to stay are also on this informative webpage.


Boston Phoenix


Harvard's Preferred Hotels -- When arranging your reservations, always ask for Harvard Affiliated discounts:

Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-547-4800, Toll free: 866-500-0293

Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138,
617-864-1200, Toll free: 800-882-1818

The Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-495-5758

The Inn at Harvard, 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-491-2222, Toll free: 800458-5886

Harvard Square Hotel, 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-864-5200, 1-800-458-5886

Cambridge Marriott, 2 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142, 617-494-6600, 1800-228-9290

Hotels in the Cambridge Area:

Hotel Tria, 220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge Ma 02138
617-491-4932, Toll free: 866-333-8742
20% discount with the mention of ITAMP/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

The Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
617-492-1234, Toll free: 800-233-1234

Residence Inn by Marriot, 6 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142, 617-349-0700, Toll free: 800-331-3131


Visiting Cambridge and Boston

Cambridge and Boston are rich in the history of early America.


From Logan Airport: http://www.massport.com/logan/getti.html

The Silver Line ($1.25 exact change) drops off and picks up in front of all the terminals. The Silver Line will take you directly to South Station. Once at South Station take the Red Line (subway train) going outbound to Harvard Square Station. This link has other MBTA details and directions http://www.mbta.com/traveling_t/schedules_subway.asp

MBTA map


If you travel on Amtrac or another Train, get off at the South Station stop. From South Station there is also the subway train (Red Line) to the Harvard Square stop. (see above). The fare ranges from $1.20.


Taxi's are always available at South Station and Logan airport. Generally, the cost to Harvard Square (or your Cambridge hotel address) - will be about $35/40. 


View 60 Garden St in a larger map

Mapquest: For a variety of travel information including printable maps and door-to-door directions try MAPQUEST OF: 60 Garden St Cambridge, MA 02138.

Download a map of Harvard Square and ITAMP here.