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Your Health & Safety Are Our Priority

As we welcome graduate students to on-campus housing, the health and safety of the entire MIT community and our neighbors continues to guide our decision-making.  With guidance from MIT Medical, MIT Emergency Management and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have developed a multi-prong approach to move-in and returns from winter break that align with established density restrictions in on-campus graduate housing and COVID-19 graduate student policies

The team at Housing & Residential Services (HRS) wants to assure you that we will continue to provide the support needed to successfully transition to campus.  We appreciate your continued partnership, patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges and focus on ways to keep our residential community safe. 

Additional housing information and updates are available on the graduate housing dashboard.  


STEP 1: Submit Your Request (at least five business days before your desired return date)

Residents may initiate the process to return or move into on-campus graduate housing by completing the following request formPlease submit your form at least five business days before your desired return date.  Residents who have already received a confirmed return or move-in date do not need to complete the request form. 

STEP 2: Receive Your Confirmation Email 

After receiving your request, HRS will respond within 5 business days to confirm your arrival date.  Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive an email confirmation from HRS with your return or move-in date.   

STEP 3: Test & Quarantine Upon Arrival

According to COVID-19 graduate student policies, students, and their spouse, partner, or other adult authorized occupants (as applicable) MUST:

  1. Self-quarantine and receive a COVID-19 test at no cost from MIT Medical upon arrival to campus (or on the first available testing date); AND
  2. Receive a second COVID-19 test approximately 7 days later and remain in quarantine throughout this period until a second negative test is confirmed. During quarantine, please also continue with your regular testing cadence according to automated testing prompts from Atlas, so you can maintain access to your residence.

Testing Availability: COVID-19 testing is available at MIT Medical and the Johnson Athletic Center from Monday through Friday during the hours listed on the Covid Pass webapge.

  • Residents who test positive for COVID-19:  Any resident who tests positive for COVID-19 will have the full support and dedicated resources of the MIT community.  Campus partners, including staff from MIT Medical and the CARE Team, have developed a comprehensive approach to supporting residents diagnosed with COVID-19 until they fully recover.  This includes a temporary on-campus housing relocation depending upon housing type, meal delivery service and other assistance.
  • How to quarantine: The quarantine process limits a person’s movement during the period when it is unclear whether they have the virus.  If a person is quarantining, they will be instructed to limit their movements outside of their rooms during the seven-day quarantine period.  That means you cannot have direct contact with anyone else and you must stay in your room except to use your assigned bathroom or to get packages or food while wearing a face covering. You can leave the building for about an hour to exercise each day, wearing your face covering the entire time. While outside your room, you must keep six feet apart from other people and wear a face covering at all times, including around people you know.  During quarantine, please also continue with your regular testing cadence according to automated testing prompts from Atlas, so you can maintain access to your residence. Once a negative test result returns after the seven-day quarantine, the quarantine period will end.


  • Residents should not arrive to campus or MIT housing if they are sick, having symptoms, or are in the process of being treated for COVID-19 at the time of their scheduled arrival.
  • Students will be provided access to their room on their confirmed arrival date, however, room keys will not be issued until a COVID-19 test has been administered by MIT Medical (proof of test will be provided by MIT Medical).   
  • Residents of family housing, one-bedrooms or efficiencies may self-quarantine in their living area.
  • Residents of two-, three- or four-bedroom apartments where overall density remains elevated may be required to live in temporary alternative on-campus housing coordinated by MIT during the self-quarantine period.​

STEP 4: Adhere to COVID-19 Policies 


Residents who live in on-campus graduate housing will be required to adhere to all current COVID-19 graduate student policies.  You will also be enrolled in Covid Pass, the application created by MIT to enable community members to complete all requirements for maintaining access to campus buildings.  Learn more about the Covid Pass system by visiting the IS&T website. Any questions regarding Covid Pass may be directed to covidapps-help@mit.edu .

  • Note for Spouses/Partners/Dependents: Prior to arrival spouses/partners/dependents will need to obtain an MIT ID and Kerberos account.  Partner MIT ID and MIT Kerberos account. Once this information is obtained, please notify  graduatehousing@mit.edu  to have your family information updated in the HRS database.  Once this is completed, access into the Covid Pass system will occur.

Special Note for Visitors to Massachusetts 

Individuals over the age of 18 entering Massachusetts from any international location, or from a restricted state, are now required to complete the state-mandated Massachusetts Travel Form either immediately prior to arriving, or upon arrival, to Massachusetts.   To learn more about these requirements, please click here.   

As noted above, all graduate students arriving to live in MIT’s residence halls are required to receive a COVID-19 test at MIT Medical (at no cost) upon arrival to campus (or on the first available testing date), and enter a 7-day self-quarantine period while continuing with regular testing cadence according to automated testing prompts from Atlas.  Once a negative test result returns after the seven-day quarantine, the quarantine period will end.

The Commonwealth requires visitors to quarantine for 14 days OR produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts. MIT’s COVID-19 policies for students who arrive to live on campus satisfy the state-mandated testing and quarantine requirements. However, students should still complete the Massachusetts Travel Form if arriving from an international location or a restricted state.


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