Harvard Student Spouses and Partners Association (HSSPA)

HSSPA is a volunteer-run organization open to the spouses and partners of all Harvard affiliates - both students and scholars. Since 1896, it has provided a way for its members to make friends, find intellectual stimulation, and feel a sense of belonging within the University. HSSPA organizes a variety of subsidized outings, activities, and social events throughout the year. The members visit popular attractions in and around Boston, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Arnold Arboretum, Top of the Hub, and the Boston Ballet.

Regular group meetings include:

  • Music Group
  • Run-for-fun Group
  • Book club
  • Simple Foods Group
  • Social get-together Group
  • Men’s Group
  • Playgroup
  • Painting & Arts Group
  • Peruvian Cooking Group
  • French Conversation Group
  • Social Foodies Group
  • Japanese Group
  • Green Group


HSSPA members automatically receive a weekly newsletter and email announcements. The newsletter includes information on group meetings and activities as well as announcements of other events of interest around Harvard and notices sent by other members.

Facebook and HSSPA Blog

HSSPA has an active Facebook Group – once you are a member you can connect by searching for “HSSPA” and requesting to join the group. The HSSPA Blog is updated regularly with HSSPA news and reports. You can also find more details about our groups and volunteers as well as a calendar of upcoming events.


HSSPA membership is free and open to the spouses and partners of all Harvard affiliates - both students and scholars. To join please complete our membership form.

Reimbursements for HSSPA Members

If you are already a HSSPA member and have already received instructions from the Treasurer regarding reimbursements for HSSPA-related expenses, you will need to complete the Vendor Request Form.

More Information

If you have any questions about HSSPA or settling in to Harvard as a spouse or partner please email us and we’ll do our best to help you!