Your Housing Options
Your options depend on your personal status—whether you are a new or continuing student, for example, or whether you are single or have a family. Review the following categories and figure out your personal status.
|This is your status if||Housing Options|
|Students with Families|
* If your status changes and you are no longer living with your partner or family, you must notify the Housing Office immediately to register this change. You must vacate family housing within 30 days of a change in family status.
What "new" students should know:
As a new student, you have the best chance of getting an on-campus housing assignment, because MIT gives new students priority.
Make your requests as broad and inclusive as you can so you have a better chance of getting a housing assignment. You can prioritize your choices during the application process as well as tie preferences to different living options.
MIT housing policy takes into consideration City of Cambridge zoning laws, which restrict how many people can live in an apartment.
- New Student–Single assignments are non-renewable and are for one year if assigned in the spring allocation. If assigned spring housing in the fall allocation, students will have the option to renew one additional year. After your initial assignment expires, you must reapply for graduate student housing as a continuing student.
New Student-Family assignments are non-renewable and are for two years if assigned in the spring allocation. Students assigned spring housing in the fall allocation are assigned a non-renewable, one and a half year assignment.
What "continuing" students should know:
- As a continuing student, you can increase your chances of receiving a graduate housing assignment by making your preferences as broad and inclusive as you can. Take care to prioritize your choices during the application process
Continuing Student–Single assignments granted in the spring allocation are renewable for as long as you remain a registered student provided you do not terminate your housing. Next year, you will have the opportunity to renew your housing assignment. You do not have to reapply to the housing allocation process.
Continuing Student–Family assignments granted in the spring allocation are renewable. Next year, when it’s time to reapply, you will have the opportunity to renew your housing assignment. You do not have to reapply to the housing allocation process.
Improving Your Chances
- You should rank only those residences where you would like to live.
- The more places you rank, the more likely you are to get housing on campus.
- It is important to strike the right balance between “want to live on campus” and “want to live in this or that particular residence.”
- If you are assigned to one of the residences that you rank, you will be expected to move there, so don’t include options that won’t work for you.
- Remember—you can go back to the application page and change your preferences as many times as you’d like before the deadline.