Waiting List

A graduate housing waiting list is available each term for graduate students who did not get a housing assignment or missed the allocation process, as well as visitors, researchers, and post-docs interested in on-campus housing.

Who should apply to the graduate housing waiting list?

  • Current graduate students, post docs, and visiting researchers who do not have an assignment in on-campus graduate housing.
  • Students who need to transfer between single and family housing due to a change in family status during the academic year.  Please contact Housing & Residential Services immediately to discuss your situation.

What do I need to know before I apply?

  • You will need MIT certificates on your computer in order to apply.
  • Students/residents who already have on-campus housing will be removed from the waiting list unless they have a change in family status.
  • Allocation applicants who did not receive housing in the fall or spring allocations will be offered the opportunity to apply to the waiting list before it opens to the general applicant pool.
  • Visitors should learn about their options before applying.
  • The waiting list cannot be used to change assignments.
  • Continuing status is not given through the waiting list process.
  • Be sure to research all of the on-campus housing options before applying to the waiting list, or accepting an assignment.
  • You must confirm your spot on the waiting list every two weeks. Your position on the waiting list will expire if it remains unconfirmed after two weeks. Instructions on confirming your waiting list space will be provided to you when you submit your Waiting List Application form. If you fail to submit this form, you will be removed from the list.

How offers are made

  • Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is first given to fully registered graduate students, regardless of application date.
  • When we reach your place on the waiting list, we will offer you whichever of your preferences is available.
  • You must respond to the offer by the stated deadline (usually within four days) or it will automatically be withdrawn as “declined" and the space will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.
  • There is no financial penalty for declining an offer from the waiting list, but you will be removed from the list.

Accepting an offer

  • If you accept an assignment from the waiting list, it is a binding commitment. You will be expected to occupy the room regardless of whether you have signed your license agreement.
  • If you decide to cancel after accepting an offer from the waiting list, you must notify us email at graduatehousing@mit.edu and you will be charged a $250 cancellation fee. 
  • If you cancel less than 30 days before your scheduled move-in date, you will also be responsible for rent starting from your scheduled move-in date until the end of the 30 days, or until the vacancy is filled, whichever happens first. 
  • It is your responsibility to notify us if you decide not to attend MIT—your department will not inform us.