Study Abroad

All students living in a residence hall who participate in an MIT-sponsored study abroad program are guaranteed housing when they return to campus.


Students should follow the steps below to secure on-campus housing for their return:

  1. Upon acceptance into a study abroad program, you should complete a Housing Cancellation Form. Indicate in the drop-down menu that you are participating in a study abroad program.
  2. Request housing for your return to MIT by submitting a Study Abroad Housing Request Form for the semester you will be returning. We will keep this form on file and use it to place you in housing when you return. On this form, you will also be asked to list at least two building preferences for your return housing assignment. While the Housing Office will try to place you in the same residence hall you were living in when you left, space may not always be availble.
  3. You will receive your return housing assignment via email in mid-to-late December for the spring term, or mid-to-late April for the fall term.

Requesting a Change of Residence

If you would prefer to return to a different building than your original housing assignment, you must participate in the spring or fall housing switch lottery. Your application will be considered in the same manner as a student currently living on campus and requesting a switch. The success of your request will depend on how early you apply and the availability of housing.

Moving from FSILGs to on-campus housing

If you live off-campus or in an FSILG before your study abroad program, you are not guaranteed placement in an on-campus residence hall when you return. If you are interested in returning to on-campus housing, you must submit the Study Abroad Housing Request Form and you will be placed on a waiting list. The success of your request will depend on how early you apply and the availability of housing.

Room Assignments

  • Returning for the spring semester:

Your building's Room Assignment Chairs will work with you via email to assign you a room based on your preferences and what is available.

  • Returning for the fall semester:

In the spring, each residence hall holds an in-house lottery to distribute assignments. Students who are studying abroad are included in this lottery. Please contact your building's Room Assignment Chair to describe your preferences for your fall assignment.