MIT Dining

MIT Dining

Residential, retail &
catering options for
the MIT community

Indigenous Peoples Day Closings

Please note the following changes to on-campus dining and retail hours for the holiday.

The Stratton Student Center (W20) is closed on 10/12 in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Brunch and dinner meals are served in all nine undergraduate houses during regular hours.

Graduate students can pick up meals at Maseeh.

The Stratton Student Center (W20) reopens on Tuesday, 10/13 at 7:00 am.

Fall 2020 Dining Experience

Please note: Students in emergency housing will move to fall assignments beginning 8/21. Emergency meals are being consolidated to Maseeh only, beginning Friday 8/21 and will remain at Maseeh until 8/28.

MIT Campus Dining is eager to welcome you to campus for Fall 2020 with food service at nine undergraduate houses and W20 in a hybrid service format (see below). As you prepare to arrive on campus, we know you have questions about how dining will work and what steps we are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Meal Service Locations & Times



             Breakfast and Lunch

             (Locations & Times)   

     Dinner/Weekend Brunch   

        (Locations & Times)     

      Self-Quarantine Week

    (August 29-September 7)

           Assigned Residence Hall

 Bagged Breakfast: 7:00 to 10:00 am 

        Lunch: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

      Assigned Residence Hall

       Dinner: 5:00 to 8:30 pm

   Brunch: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

                   Fall 2020

   (September 8-November 20)  


        Breakfast: 7:00 to 10:00 am  

       Lunch: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm  

      Assigned Residence Hall

      Dinner: 5:00 to 8:30 pm

   Brunch: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm  








As noted in the grid above, during quarantine week only, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in each of the houses, Monday through Friday, followed by weekend brunch and dinner. The self-quarantine meal service period is scheduled from Monday, August 31 until Monday, September 7.

Any 14 Meal Plan


What’s new? A hybrid service approach incorporating a central serving location for breakfast and lunch, as well as house locations for dinner and weekend brunch. Out of an abundance of caution, and following safe food-handling and enhanced cleaning guidelines from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, all undergraduates living on campus are required to enroll in a 14-meal-per-week meal plan.This plan provides residents with the flexibility to access any 14 meals per week during their desired meal service times.

During Fall 2020, there is a primary focus on take-out meals, as many houses have limited seating capacities and a final determination on dining room seating is pending. Menus are the same for all locations.

Breakfast & Lunch (W20-Lobdell)
Use your meal swipes for breakfast and lunch at W20-Lobdell, Monday through Friday. Please note that in-house meal service is not available for these meals.

Dinner & Weekend Brunch (in Residence)
Use your meal swipes for dinner and weekend brunch at your assigned residence hall  Meal service will be available within each of the residences.

  • Baker House
  • Maseeh Hall
  • McCormick Hall
  • Next House
  • Simmons Hall
  • East Campus
  • MacGregor House
  • New House
  • Random Hall

Cook For Yourself Serving Locations

  • East Campus, Talbot Lounge
  • MacGregor House, Old Dining Room
  • New House, Game Area (near entrance)
  • Random Hall, Foo Lounge

Safety Guidelines and Protocols

Safety is our top priority. Campus Dining is closely monitoring COVID-19 recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with guidance from federal, state and local officials. We are also working closely with MIT Medical and MIT Emergency Management to implement campus-specific policies and protocols aimed at creating a safer dining environment for the entire campus community. Below, please find information about some of the many steps we are taking to help ensure a safer dining environment, and to proactively prevent the spread of the virus.

Service Protocols

  • All meals will be served in compostable/recyclable service containers
  • The primary focus is take-out meals to reduce dining area density and to expedite meal service
  • There will be no self-service stations (all stations will be staffed by dining team members)
  • All staff will wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face coverings, etc.) at all times
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place in kitchens and dining rooms
  • Plexiglas partitions are installed at counters and pickup locations

Team Safety

  • Dining staff will follow all MIT policies and guidelines for working on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes:
    • Mandatory self-monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 symptoms by all dining employees
    • Regular testing of all dining employees throughout the semester
    • Physically-distanced workspaces in kitchen and prep areas
    • Face coverings and gloves worn by all dining team members
    • Enhanced hand-washing procedures for all dining team members
    • Consistent use of gloves and changing of gloves whenever switching tasks or after extended use

A Physically-Distanced Dining Experience

  • Tables at dining locations removed or spaced apart for physical distancing, once seating is approved
  • Single points of entry and exit at most dining locations
  • Directional signs installed for customer traffic flow
  • Clearly marked floor signs to help keep guests 6 feet (2 meters) apart
  • Maximum capacities established for serving and seating areas

Guest Safety Expectations

  • Guests are required to:
    • Wear face coverings in all dining locations, except when sitting at a table eating. Please remember to wear your face covering properly
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
      • If water and soap are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Rub hands until sanitizer has completely dried.
    • Practice physical distancing and stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people, even when wearing a face covering.  Floor markers will assist you with where to stand.
    • Utilize dining room tables at approved capacity numbers and do not move furniture.

Groceries Stores & Shuttle Services

Area grocery stores:

List of Local Businesses Accepting TechCASH. Please verify if the business is open before ordering or visiting.

Costco and Target Shuttle
The Division of Student Life sponsors a shuttle to transport students to and from Costco and Target during the academic year on specified Sundays.

Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market Shuttle*
The Division of Student Life sponsors a shuttle every Sunday and Wednesday during the academic year to transport MIT students to and from Trader Joe’s This link opens in a new windowand Whole Foods MarketThis link opens in a new window in Cambridge. The shuttle makes stops at on-campus residences and passes through Kendall Square and Central Square.

*In an effort to promote food access and increased transportation options to area grocery stores, MIT Parking & Transportation has partnered with the Division of Student Life to offer Wednesday service in addition to the traditional Sunday schedule.