About Family Housing

Find out more about family housing at MIT


The Basics

  • MIT has two residences dedicated to family housing, Eastgate and Westgate.
  • Supply is limited. Not everyone who applies for family housing will receive an assignment.
  • Family housing is available only to fully-registered MIT students who live with their families full time and meet all eligibility requirements. If your family lives elsewhere but only comes to visit for a few weeks or months of the year, you are not eligible for family housing.
  • You must reside full time in your apartment with your family. You cannot be away for more than 10% of each semester.
  • Your spouse or family must move in with you in your MIT residence within 30 days of your scheduled move-in date.
  • Students who live in family housing but do not meet the eligibility requirements, or have a change in family status, will be given 30 days notice to vacate.

Find out how to provide proof of family

Types of Family Housing

  • Eastgate, located on the east side of campus, has one and two bedroom apartments.
  • Westgate, located on the west side of campus, has efficiencies, one, and two bedroom apartments.

All apartments in family housing are unfurnished. Each apartment has a stove, refrigerator, and curtains.

Note: An efficiency or studio apartment is one room without a separate bedroom. Efficiencies are located in Westgate only. 

Apartment Types

Size of Family

Efficiency  One-bedroom  Two-bedroom

Couple with no children

Yes

Yes

No

Couple with one child

No

Yes

Yes

Couple with 2-3 children

No

No

Yes

Single parent with one child or with a parent who is a legal dependent

Yes

Yes

No

Single parent with 2 children

No

Yes

Yes

Single parent with 3-4 children

No

No

Yes

 

Same-sex siblings who are both MIT graduate students Yes No No

Parents expecting a baby are eligible to rent a two bedroom apartment but you must be 12 weeks pregnant to apply.

Providing Proof of Family

When you have been assigned to family housing at MIT, you must submit "proof of family" before you move in. Your assignment will specify how and when to provide this documentation. Documentation must be in English or have a notarized English translation and include both the MIT student and partner names.
 

Family Type Documentation Required
couples (with and without children)

One of the following: marriage license, certificate of civil union, domestic partnership document, a visa that indicates the name of the spouse, census report of household member, book of the family, previous lease together or joint bank account at least one year old by the time you move into your assignment

If you do not have one of the above legal documents, please provide three of the following: copy of engagement/commitment announcement in newspaper, wedding invitation, or receipt for wedding-related expense such as engagement ring, photography, catering, etc.

couples with children same as above plus birth certificate or visa for your child/children
single parents birth certificate or visa for all children living in on-campus family housing. If you are a single parent with two or more children, you are eligible for a two bedroom, but must show documentation for all children.
same sex-siblings both registered as MIT graduate students birth certificate and driver's license or passport for each student
student with parent as legal dependent tax forms that prove your parent is a legal dependent