Graduate Housing Self-Selection Waiting List

Please review this information carefully as some items have changed due to COVID-19.


A graduate housing waiting list is available each term for graduate students who did not get a housing assignment or who missed the allocation process and are interested in on-campus housing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are operating at reduced housing capacity, which has limited the number of spaces available to new graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year.  As we work to support current graduate student residents and prioritize new graduate students, we will be delaying the waiting list process for cross-registered students, visitors, researchers, and post-docs.  The process for affiliates with these designations is anticipated to open in mid-July based on space availability.  We regret the inconvenience of these limitations.  Please be sure to check out the off-campus resources available by clicking here.

The fall self-selection interest form and application will open on June 1, 2020 and the weekly selection process will begin on June 15 (for visitors, the selection process is anticipated to open in mid-July). 

 

  • MIT GRADUATE STUDENTS: Fully-registered graduate students will be able to begin selecting available units the week of June 15 (see weekly timeline for the process below). 
  • VISITORS: Selection for cross-registered students, visitors, researchers, and post-docs is anticipated to open in mid-July (subject to change based on COVID-19 and space availability).

 

The fall waiting list is available to eligible participants who need housing starting in the fall 2020 and into the academic term.  Please be aware that rent responsibility begins on the availability date of the apartment. 

NOTE: Unit availability will change weekly and cannot be predicted.

Who should apply to the graduate housing self-selection waiting list?

  • Current graduate students, cross-registered students, postdocs, and visiting researchers who do not have a current on-campus assignment in 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.

MIT full-time undergraduate students, cross-registered undergraduate students, and special undergraduate students are not eligible to apply for the self-selection waiting list. These students will need to complete the Graduate Housing Waiting List for Undergraduates application.

What do I need to know before I apply?

  • You will need MIT certificates on your computer in order to apply for the self-selection waiting list at http://myhousing.mit.edu.
    • If you do not have your MIT Kerberos and ID number you will be able to complete an interest form. However, you will not be able to complete the application in the housing portal.
  • Visitors (anyone who is not a full-time, degree-seeking registered MIT graduate student) will need to complete a Waiting List Interest Form before they can join the waiting list. You will also need to email your invitation/appointment letter, which includes appointment dates, to selfselection@mit.edu once you have completed the Waiting List Interest Form.
    • If you have previously applied to the self-selection waiting list, please submit an updated appointment letter if your dates of affiliation have changed.
    • After your department has entered you into the HR system, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the self-selection waiting list.
    • Visitors, postdocs, and researchers should learn about all of their housing options before joining the waiting list.  
  • License terms through the waiting list process:
    • Graduate students continuing their enrollment at MIT receive a one-year nonrenewable license since continuing status in housing is not offered through the waiting list process.
    • Graduate students who are new to MIT receive a one-year license with the opportunity to renew for a second year.  Please see more information about options after the second year by clicking here.
    • Visitors (as defined above) who receive an assignment through the waiting list will receive a one-year license, which may not be renewed. Visitors will need to re-enter the waiting list process for the following year, and availability of units may be limited.
  • Students/residents who already have on-campus housing will be removed from the waiting list unless they have a change in family status.
  • The waiting list cannot be used to change assignments.
  • You may stay on the self-selection waiting list for as long as you like until you select an assignment. Your active application will allow you to participate in the weekly self-selection process until you select a unit.

 


About Self-Selection (Figure 1)

Graduate Students ONLY:

(This process occurs weekly starting the week of June 15)

  • Participants need to submit their self-selection waiting list application (http://myhousing.mit.edu) by 11:59 PM EDT on Sundays in order to participate in the waiting list that week. You only need to complete the application once.
  • Self-selection applications are reviewed for eligibility on Mondays. Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email. Preview day occurs every Tuesday. This allows applicants to see what units are currently available. Note: Unit availability will change weekly and cannot be predicted.
  • Full-time graduate students will be able to select a space on Wednesdays. 

Visitors ONLY (special, cross-registered, or visiting graduate students and postdocs):

(This process occurs weekly with an anticipated start of mid-July)

  • Only visitors, post-docs, and researchers must complete the Waiting List Interest Form. Invitation/appointment letters with dates of appointment/residency should be submitted to selfselection@mit.edu once the form is complete.
  • Visitor interest forms are due by 11:59 PM EDT every Thursday for eligibility to apply to the self-selection waiting list. Interest Forms are reviewed on Fridays. You only need to complete the form once.
  • All applicants who complete the Waiting List Interest Form will receive an email confirmation of their status and their eligibility to participate in self-selection. Confirmations will be emailed on Fridays. If you are not confirmed for the upcoming week, your status will be verified every Friday until we are able to confirm your status.
  • Once you are confirmed, you will need to submit your self-selection waiting list application in the housing portal (http://myhousing.mit.edu) by 11:59 PM EDT on Sunday. You only need to complete the application once each self-selection cycle. If you do not select an assignment during a self-selection cycle, you must submit a new application the next semester.
  • Self-selection waiting list applications are reviewed on Mondays. Once your application is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email. Preview day occurs every Tuesday. This allows applicants to see what units are currently available. Note: Unit availability will change weekly and cannot be predicted.
  • Visitors, post docs, and researchers will be able to select a unit on Thursdays starting in mid-July. Note: Due to student selection on Wednesdays, this impacts the unit availability for visitors selecting on Thursdays.
FIGURE 1

Figure 1 - Self-Selection Waiting List Flow Chart

REMINDER: The waiting list application for ALL participants opens on June 1.  The selection process for full-time, degree-seeking registered MIT graduate students opens starting the week of June 15.  The selection process for all cross-registered students, visitors, researchers, and post-docs is anticipated to open in mid-July.


Self-Selection Process

Preview Day – Tuesdays for all participants

  • After 9 AM EDT all participants can log into the housing portal (myhousing.mit.edu) to click their application link and preview available units.
  • Unit availability may change throughout the process.
  • Units will display license agreement start dates which indicates the scheduled move-in date and is the date rent-responsibility begins. It is the earliest date you may move-in to a unit. Please plan your travel accordingly.
  • If you are arriving later than the unit start date and still select that unit, please understand you are responsible for rent regardless of your actual check-in date.
  • Rooms have designated genders based on current occupants and their preference for gender inclusivity. Note: You should not select a room that has an opposite gender designation. If you do so, your assignment will be cancelled and you will incur a $250 cancellation fee.

Selection Day

Wednesdays – For Registered Graduate Students

  • As of 9 AM EDT students can log into the housing portal (myhousing.mit.edu) to click their application link and try to select a desired unit.
  • Unit availability may change throughout the process. Units viewed on Preview Day may differ from what is available on Selection Days.
  • Rooms have designated genders based on current occupants and their preference for gender inclusivity. Note: You should not select a room that has an opposite gender designation. If you do so, your assignment will be cancelled and you will incur a $250 cancellation fee.
  • For family housing, only select the apartment type for which you are eligible.
  • After selecting an assignment, you can sign the license agreement for that unit. If you do not sign the license agreement by 12 PM EDT on Thursday, you will incur a $250 cancellation fee. You will then need to wait to participate in the next week’s selection.
  • If you do not select an assignment, your application remains active and you may participate in self-selection the following week.

Thursdays – For all Visitors

  • As of 9 AM EDT visitors can log into the housing portal (myhousing.mit.edu) to click their application link and try to select a desired unit.
  • Unit availability may change throughout the process. Units viewed on Preview Day may differ from what is available on Selection Days.
  • Rooms have designated genders based on current occupants and their preference for gender inclusivity. Note: You should not select a room that has an opposite gender designation. If you do so, your assignment will be cancelled and you will incur a $250 cancellation fee.
  • For family housing, only select the apartment type for which you are eligible.
  • After selecting an assignment, you can sign the license agreement for that unit. If you do not sign the license agreement by 12 PM EDT on Friday, you will incur a $250 cancellation fee. You will then need to wait to participate in the next week’s selection.
  • If you do not select an assignment, your application remains active and you may participate in self-selection the following week.

If you self-select an assignment

  • If you select an assignment from the waiting list, it is a binding commitment. You will be expected to occupy the room regardless of whether you signed your license agreement.
  • If you decide to cancel after selecting an assignment, you must notify us by 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.
Figure 2

Self-Selection Waiting List

REMINDER: The waiting list application for ALL participants opens on June 1.  The selection process for full-time, degree-seeking registered MIT graduate students opens starting the week of June 15.  The selection process for all cross-registered students, visitors, researchers, and post-docs is anticipated to open in mid-July.

There is no financial penalty for not selecting a unit and you may continue to participate in self-selection each week. If you select a unit and do not sign the license agreement, there is a $250 penalty. You will need to participate in the next week of self-selection.