UG Guide to Campus

Spring 2021 Undergraduate
Campus Guide

Getting to know new ways of campus living

This guide is designed to provide helpful information about what to expect in the coming semester, and it will be updated as planning details are finalized.

Chancellor Barnhart announced the Institute’s plans for the spring term on November 2, 2020. Read the letter to the MIT community here​. On November 10, Chancellor Barnhart, Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson shared additional perspectives about life on campus in Spring 2021​.

WHAT WILL LIFE ON CAMPUS BE LIKE?

One of the great joys of being an MIT community member is the vibrancy of campus life. Given the current pandemic, however, students should know that life at MIT during Spring 2021 will be very different than it was a year ago. Though this is disappointing for all of us, the measures described in this guide are similar to what was in place for Fall 2020 and are intended to protect the health and safety of those who live in and around the MIT community.

Quarantine, testing, and attesting

MIT’s plans for fall were founded on regular testing, and that will continue this spring. Upon arriving, on-campus students will be tested for Covid-19 by MIT Medical, followed by a seven-day self-quarantine until they receive a second negative test result. Undergraduates will quarantine at the same time (Q-Week), and graduate students and family members will quarantine for seven days after they arrive on campus (please see the DSL website for additional information regarding the extension of Q-Week). As an extra precaution, the first two weeks of classes will be conducted entirely online to accommodate the self-quarantine period. As a term of their access permissions, all on-campus residents this spring will be tested twice a week for Covid-19, and they will have to attest to their daily well-being using ​COVID Pass​, even iof they do not leave their residence. Enrolled students who do not live on campus in the spring should ​consult this guidance from MIT Medical​ about how to seek patient care and receive a test if they believe they have been exposed to Covid-19.

Socializing and support

​It’s no secret that Covid has caused many of us, on campus and off, to feel isolated. As the on-campus community settled into a routine last fall, MIT carefully introduced ways for residents to interact that also kept the potential risk of transmitting the virus low. Institute leaders and staff are eager to work with students and House Teams to review policies and seek new ways to alleviate loneliness and isolation on campus. The key to enabling those conversations is following the rules that protect MIT from Covid: wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, test twice weekly, attest daily, and comply with all other MIT Covid policies.

If you need to talk with someone, the customary undergraduate and graduate student support resources will be available online and by phone, as they were to all students last fall. Any student who is invited back to campus and has concerns about returning should reach out to one of MIT’s many student support resources. Check out ​https://ask.mit.edu​ to find the appropriate support for your needs.

Rooms, FSILGs, and events

To better enable physical distancing, many on-campus undergraduate students will have a residence hall room to themselves. The majority of FSILGs will be closed for undergraduates, with the exception of a few organizations participating in a spring housing pilot. ​More information will be available soon on the Association of Independent Living Groups website​. As the events and gatherings policy states, the size of groups that can interact with each other in person is small. Please read the policy for more details.

Access to campus and interacting with friends

Only faculty, students, and family members who live on campus or students, faculty, and staff granted campus access through ​Covid Pass may be on MIT grounds or utilize MIT facilities (with certain restrictions). Everyone living on campus or accessing campus facilities must wear a face covering and keep six feet apart from each other at all times. The only exemptions are when undergraduate students are in their rooms or ​interacting with podmates in their designated pod lounges​, or when graduate students are ​interacting with family members, suitemates, or a limited number of visitors as described in graduate student policy on guests in approved Institute housing​.

What you need to know before arriving on campus

To ensure everyone understands their role in protecting themselves and each other, students returning to campus will be required to complete public health education and sign an agreement to live in MIT housing. Once they are on campus, residents must keep up with their twice-weekly testing and attest to their well-being each day using ​Covid Pass​ before entering any MIT facility. Under certain circumstances, students will be asked to share information about contacts with other people on and off campus should they test positive. See the policy on facilities access for more details.

The meal plan and residence hall kitchens

All undergraduates on campus will be required to sign up for a meal plan. To lighten the financial impact of this necessary precaution, the meal plan cost will be reduced by more than 40% with a special Covid-19 subsidy. Nine residence halls will have in-house breakfast, lunch, and dinner served each weekday, and brunch and dinner served on weekends. Due to space restrictions in East Campus, that community’s meals will be served in Walker Memorial’s Morss Hall. Lunch will also be served in the Student Center’s Lobdell Dining Hall each weekday. Dining service will be take-out primarily, with limited, physically distanced seating available in the houses and Lobdell. Additionally, Dunkin' will be open in the Student Center. Check the retail dining page for updates.

Shared kitchens are potential hotspots for spreading the virus. As a result, undergraduate residence hall floor and country kitchens will remain closed for cooking. However, students may use the sinks, refrigerators, and microwaves, and dispose of food waste in trash barrels in designated kitchens. Even with these restricted kitchen uses, occupancy limits apply.

Wear your MIT ID at all times on campus

Because access to MIT facilities will be closely managed, everyone on campus must carry their MIT ID at all times. ​Most buildings will be accessible through one or two access points​. Many working spaces have been reconfigured and schedules changed to allow for adequate physical distancing. Stepped-up cleaning protocols will remain in effect across campus.

Varsity athletics, other sports, and on-campus recreation

Unfortunately, MIT varsity sports teams will not compete this winter. Likewise, club sports and intramurals will be paused for the winter and their status for spring will be reviewed based on Covid conditions and public health guidelines. DAPER will provide more information to anyone affected by these cancellations directly.

Faculty, staff, students, and family members living on campus; and graduate students accessing campus using Covid Pass; and seniors approved to access campus for academic and research purposes will have access to DAPER outdoor and indoor fitness facilities this spring. The facilities have been reconfigured to limit the potential spread of Covid, occupancy has been reduced, and new policies have been introduced for the well-being of staff and those who use DAPER facilities. Please ​visit the MIT Recreation website​ for more information.

PREPARING TO TRAVEL TO CAMPUS

Moving In - Selecting a date and what to know before you go

Move-in will follow the Institute’s ​updated spring calendar​ with undergraduate students expected to arrive during Presidents’ Day weekend, including first-year students arriving on February 13, and returning students arriving February 14–15. Similar to Fall 2020 move-in, students will preference arrival windows to avoid crowding. Additional details regarding spring move-in were provided in December to students who have been invited and elected to live on campus.

Preparing Your Ready Kit

Before you depart for Cambridge, consider assembling a Ready Kit. If you are asked to isolate by MIT Medical, you may not be able to go back to your on-campus residence hall for supplies. Also, you will not be able to leave support housing until okayed by MIT Medical and/or the Cambridge Department of Public Health. Having these supplies packed and ready to go will ensure you have what you need if you test positive for Covid-19 or start to feel sick and need to move to support housing. Your Ready Kit should include the following:

Academic & Tech Needs

  • Computer and charger
  • Books
  • Notebooks and class materials
  • Cellphone and charger

Personal Needs

  • Comfortable clothes: Enough for a few days.
  • Hygiene supplies: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, menstrual products, etc.
  • Prescription medications: Pack two week’s worth of any prescription medications you need.
  • Self-care medications: Fever/pain reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin), lozenges for sore throats, or cough medications. Note: Avoid taking multi-symptom medications in combination with fever/pain reducers to avoid inadvertently ingesting too much of the same active medication.
  • Towels
  • Spare set of twin sheets – You can use your pillow and blanket from your current bed.
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Comfort food: Pack your favorite snacks and drinks. MIT will deliver meals to emergency housing each day, but sometimes a favorite snack can provide an emotional boost.

Covid Needs

  • Face coverings: While masks will be available in emergency housing, it’s a good idea to have some backups.
  • Thermometer: The best is a digital thermometer that works under your tongue, is easy to use, and not too expensive. And make sure that it’s equipped with new batteries.
  • Cleaning supplies: These EPA-approved disinfecting wipes can help you keep surfaces in your residence hall and emergency housing living space clean before, during, and after isolation.

Massachusetts Travel Notice Requirement

Per a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Travel Order, effective August 1, 2020, all returning residents and visitors entering Massachusetts (including college/university students and any parents/family members accompanying them) who do not meet an exemption are required to:

  • Complete a Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless they are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.
  • If a COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Please find more information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, quarantine requirements, and other details.

MOVE-IN & CAMPUS ACCESS

Community expectations and agreements

Students will need to read, sign, and follow an agreement to comply with public health expectations and MIT Covid-19 policies. The agreement contains information about MIT’s Covid-19 policies and protocols as well as how the Institute will address non-compliance. Students’ emergency contacts will also need to read and electronically sign an acknowledgement of this agreement.

In addition to the agreement, MIT has campus-wide Covid-19 policies and protocols. Undergraduates living in undergrad or graduate residence halls can view the ​undergraduate policies​ for more information.

Shuttles

  • Airport Shuttles & Getting Around Campus. On-campus shuttles will be available according to their normal schedule.  MIT Parking & Transportation has also collaborated to offer airport shuttles for students arriving during Spring 2021 move-in weekend.
     
    • First-Year Students: Airport shuttles will be available for first-year students on Saturday, February 13.  Additional information regarding shuttle pickup areas and times will be provided by the Office of the First Year.  Guests traveling with first-year students will be accommodated as space permits on shuttles, and longer wait times may apply to students with guests.  Airport shuttles arriving on campus will drop off students at Kresge Oval and students will check-in at Kresge before visiting the Johnson Athletic Center for COVID-19 testing. Staff will also be on-site to assist students with navigating on-campus shuttles to get to their assigned residence hall. If your arrival is scheduled after February 13, please follow the airport shuttle guidance for upper-level students provided below.
       
    • Upper-level Students: Hourly airport shuttles will be available by reservation only from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.  To make a reservation, please email shuttles@mit.edu with your full name, arrival time, phone number, email and airline.  You will receive a reservation confirmation with additional shuttle information, including the pickup location.  

      Students should not consider a reservation final until they receive a confirmation email from Parking & Transportation.  Shuttles will arrive at Logan Airport every hour (approximately), and will visit the terminals that students specified according to their airline.  During move-in weekend, students can call (617) 253-1440 to check the status of airport shuttles.

      Please note that space is limited, as there will be physically-distanced seating on all vehicles. In the event that reservations for airport shuttle service are fully booked, students may need to take public transportation or arrange for private transportation to campus. Airport shuttles are for students only (not for guests or family members). Shuttles arriving on campus will drop-off at the Kresge Oval -- a short walk from the Johnson Athletic Center testing facility. 

Undergraduate students testing requirement and off-hours arrivals

Students are required to complete a SARS-CoV-2 test administered by MIT Medical when coming to campus or moving into a residence hall. Undergraduate residents who do not complete this test immediately after arriving on campus for move-in will be denied access to campus buildings, including their residence hall, unless provisional access is granted by Housing & Residential Services (i.e., if a student arrives after MIT Medical is closed for the day). Graduate residents are required to receive a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arriving on campus. Please note that provisional access to apartments/rooms will be provided. However, keys will not be issued until residents receive their first Covid-19 test from MIT Medical. All residents will need to self-quarantine until their second Covid test, taken seven days later, comes back negative.

While living in on-campus housing or accessing campus facilities during the spring semester, students will be required to comply with MIT’s Covid-19 testing expectations and undergo additional viral testing as directed by MIT. On-campus residents shall complete a Covid-19 test administered by MIT Medical twice per week, and must test on consistent days each week (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday). The twice-per-week testing regimen will begin after residents receive their second negative Covid-19 test following move-in. Additional information regarding testing is available on this ​FAQ page​.

Off-hours arrivals. If you arrive on campus after 5:00 pm, when MIT Medical testing has concluded for the day, you can go directly to your assigned residence hall. Staff will be on hand to give you access to your room, though you will not receive your room key at this time. You will need to quarantine in your room until you are able to visit MIT Medical as soon as possible the next day for testing. Upon proof of testing, you will complete the check-in process at your residence hall and receive your room key.

Quarantine Week and ongoing testing

All residents arriving on campus for the spring semester will be required to quarantine upon arrival. ​Similar to the fall semester​, all undergraduates living on campus will be required to participate in Quarantine Week (or Q-Week). During quarantine, all residents cannot have direct contact with anyone but their roommate or spouses, partners, or children in the case of graduate students (if applicable). They must stay in their room except to use their assigned bathroom or to get packages and meals while wearing a face covering, or to exercise outside for a limited time. While outside your room, you must keep six feet apart from other people and wear a face covering at all times, including around people you know.

While living in on-campus housing or accessing campus facilities during the spring semester, students will be required to comply with MIT’s Covid-19 testing expectations and undergo additional viral testing as directed by MIT. On-campus residents shall complete a Covid-19 test administered by MIT Medical twice per week, and must test on consistent days each week (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday). The twice-per-week testing regimen will begin after residents receive their second negative Covid-19 test following move-in.

UPDATE: Please see the DSL website for additional information regarding the extension of Q-Week until at least Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 

Support for students who test positive

We must be prepared for some of our community members to test positive for the virus or to get sick. If you are experiencing potential Covid symptoms, call MIT Medical’s Covid-19 hotline at 617-253-4865 and follow their instructions precisely. Any resident who tests positive for Covid-19 will have the full support and dedicated resources of the MIT community. Campus partners, including staff from MIT Medical and the CARE Team, have developed a comprehensive approach to supporting residents diagnosed with Covid-19 until they recover fully. This may include a temporary on-campus housing relocation during the self-isolation period, meal delivery, and other assistance. To be fully prepared, we suggest packing a Ready Kit as described above.

Storage and shipping of personal belongings

MIT will provide up to a $700 shipping subsidy for students who are unable to or decide not to live on campus. To qualify for the subsidy, students must ​arrange shipping through Piece by Piece Movers​ by ​February 15, 2021​. The shipping subsidy does not apply to students who returned to live on campus during Fall 2020, as those students have had the opportunity to retrieve their belongings. ​In-person retrieval of stored​ ​belongings may also be arranged ​directly with Piece by Piece Movers​, or with residents’ ​House Operations Manager​ prior to the start of the spring semester for items stored in-residence during Spring 2020. Students with stored belongings who are invited to and elect to live on campus during Spring 2021 will have their items delivered to their on-campus housing assignment.

MIT ID: Your key to campus

All students, faculty, and staff who are granted access to campus must have their MIT IDs visible when in classrooms, labs, and on other Institute property. You do not have to wear your ID in your residence hall. To access your residence hall, simply tap your ID on the card reader at the entrance and/or security desk, and make sure no visitors follow you into the residence. Click here to read the policy prohibiting the sharing your MIT ID with anyone.

Covid Pass requirements

To continue residing in on-campus housing, all undergraduate residents must be tested as required by MIT Medical and attest to their well-being on a daily basis using COVID Pass online or through the Atlas app (for iOS or Android).

COVID-19 testing is available at two locations! 

  • Johnson Athletic Center (W34): Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MIT Medical trailer: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., located in the large trailer between buildings E23 and the Media Lab. Enter from Amherst Street along the plaza adjacent to Building E15 (Wiesner Building); you do not need to enter MIT Medical (E23).

Learn more about the Covid Pass system by visiting the IS&T website. Any questions regarding COVID Pass may be directed to covidapps-help@mit.edu.

CLEANING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE

Hygiene requirements: Face coverings, hand washing, and more

MIT requires the use of face coverings while on campus, including in common areas and public spaces, and anytime you are around other people. On the basis of published test data, bandanas are not acceptable face coverings beacuse of unacceptably low protection. Disposable masks must only be worn for one day and then disposed of in the trash. Please review the PPE policy statement for additional guidelines and best practices.

Use of face coverings in combination with physical distancing and good hygiene is a public health measure intended to reduce the potential for virus transmission. Face coverings will be provided to students upon residence hall check-in and available from MIT Police in Lobby 7 (MIT ID required).

On-campus residents should also know and follow state and local guidance regarding face coverings when away from campus. Failure to follow those ordinances can result in significant fines.

Enhanced hygiene practices

MIT Medical advises all community members to practice enhanced personal hygiene habits:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Wear a face covering when around people who are not in your pod
  • Wash surfaces frequently, especially where food is being prepared or others are exercising

And make sure to practice physical distancing. An article that shares more information about physical distancing may be found here.

Cleaning protocols

In an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of MIT students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighboring communities, the HRS team is cleaning on-campus residence halls with increased frequency, especially public areas with high foot-traffic and high-touch surfaces (e.g., front desk, door knobs, handrails, and elevators).

Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at residence hall entrances, and HRS has trained the entire operations staff--including managers, housekeepers, mechanics, security personnel, and evening operations--on cleaning standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the MIT Environment, Health & Safety Office (EHS).

LIVING ON CAMPUS

Your house team

The undergraduate residential experience encourages students to make connections with their peers outside of the classroom, and there are a number of in-house faculty, staff, and graduate students who are there to help every step of the way. All residence halls have a live-in house team that cultivates community among their residents:

  • Heads of House and Associate Heads of House: Houses are led by these live-in faculty who offer academic and personal support to residents. Heads of house and associate heads of house often live with their families, and lead the house team.
  • Area Directors (ADs): These full-time professional staff members are student-outreach and support experts. They assist with the transition to college and general navigation through MIT.
  • House Operations Manager: Full-time HRS staff member who is responsible for the operations and facilities of a residence. They supervise the front desk, cleaning, and maintenance staff.
  • Graduate Resident Advisors (GRAs): They provide academic support to students on many residential floors and/or wings.
  • Resident Peer Mentors: Trained undergraduate students who serve as community-builders, leaders, and resources. They will offer direct support for the cohort of on-campus first-year students in Spring 2021.
  • House Compliance Staff: Additional staff will be available in the buildings to hand out masks and other helpful items (like hand sanitizer) while also helping to ensure compliance with MIT’s Covid-19 policies.

Housing preferences and SHARP

The spring housing application closed on November 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm. According to the updated Spring 2021 housing process timeline, students who submitted a housing application had the opportunity to review and amend their housing preferences up until Monday, December 14 at 12:00 pm ET. Housing & Residential Services (HRS) used this information to assign students to a residence hall based on their top-ranked preferences. Building assignments were shared with students at the end of December 2020 and individual room assignments will be shared by the end of January 2021.

Student Housing Assistance Review Process. The SHARP launched on Monday, November 2. Additional information about SHARP, including resources and an FAQ, can be found on the ​SHARP webpage​.

Room assignments

Similar to the Fall 2020 process, HRS will share students’ submitted living preferences with Room Assignment Chairs (RACs) to facilitate individual room assignments for each residence hall in coordination with the House Team. Confirmed room assignments are scheduled to be shared with spring residents by the end of January 2021.

Room occupancy and rates 

While most students will live one-to-a-room, two students may be housed together in double rooms where possible. The high volume of Spring 2021 housing applications (~2,800 students indicated they would like to live on campus in the spring) confirmed that up to 35 percent of returning undergraduates will be assigned to double room accommodations. Students in a single accommodation ​will be charged the 2020-2021 double rate​ for the building where they live. Students living in double accommodation will be charged the applicable triple rate.

Community expectations and agreements

Students need to read, sign, and follow an agreement to comply with public health expectations and MIT Covid-19 policies. The agreement contains information about MIT’s Covid-19 policies and protocols as well as how the Institute will address non-compliance. Students’ emergency contacts will also need to read and electronically sign an acknowledgement of this agreement, and follow MIT policies.

Forming a pod

In a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Life, DormCon, the Undergraduate Association, House Teams and other campus partners, an initiative for undergraduate students to form social groups, or “pods,” has been developed.

A pod is a committed group of undergraduate residents who are able to socialize in certain settings that do not require six feet (two meters) of physical distancing, or the use of face coverings. The ​residential pod program​ in undergraduate residences will continue through Spring 2021. Updated details and deadlines about the spring pod program will be posted on the HRS website​ in the near future.

The program is grounded in an honor system of self and mutual accountability. Students will still be expected to practice personal hygiene practices and will be required to follow all residential and COVID-19 student policies. Students forming a pod will all sign pod agreement which outlines community expectations as well as student’s expectations for themselves and each other.
 
Please view the pod information page for additional information.

Indoor and outdoor spaces, kitchens, and laundry

Residence Hall Outdoor Spaces. After Q-Week, students living on campus may access their residence hall’s courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces. Posted occupancy limits must be observed. If residents follow physical distancing requirements, keeping at least six feet of separation from others, face coverings may be removed when outdoors. Check the policies page for the latest.  

Indoor Residential Spaces and Dedicated Pod Space. Residents may work with their house team to reserve spaces in their residence hall for group use. The number of people in a designated space must not exceed its occupancy limit, and everyone in the space must wear face coverings and keep six feet apart. Approved pods of up to six residents may have a dedicated lounge. Pod members can relax face-covering and physical distancing requirements in each other’s rooms and their lounge. However, they cannot visit other pod lounges or other pod members’ rooms. Keep in mind that everyone in your pod will have to quarantine if one of your podmates tests positive for Covid 19.

Reservable West Campus Spaces. On-campus residents may also reserve several spaces on West campus--the Student Center Garden (between the Student Center and DuPont Gym), barbecue pits near Kresge Auditorium, and an area near the DuPont Tennis Courts (See Campus Activities Complex webpage).

Other Non-Residential Outdoor Common Areas. On-campus residents and faculty, staff, and students with a valid Covid Pass may use designated spaces in outdoor common areas (e.g., Killian Court, Hockfield Court) marked by fencing or circles painted on the ground. Spaces will have a posted occupancy limit (Max 50, groups of up to ten people). 

Please note: Massachusetts or Cambridge may have less restrictive guidelines on face-coverings and physical distancing when outdoors, particularly for construction workers who mostly work outside. Whatever the state or city may say, MIT reminds you to wear a face-covering if you cannot remain six feet apart from others at all times when outdoors.

Floor Kitchens. Stoves and ovens will not be available for everyday cooking. However, houses may allow students to use sinks, refrigerators, food waste receptacles, and microwaves in a limited number of floor kitchens. Residents must observe posted occupancy limits and cleaning protocols. Check with your house team if you have questions.

Laundry. Laundry rooms remain available to residents. Please follow all posted regulations in the laundry room, including practicing physical distancing and wearing a face covering. Students may use the Washlava app (available for iOS and Android) to reserve machines and monitor laundry cycles. Watch this video to get a sense of how Washlava works. For detailed guidance on how to best clean your clothing and personal spaces, visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.

Visitors to undergraduate residence halls

Daytime and overnight visitors from other residence halls or outside the MIT campus are not permitted in undergraduate residence halls at any time.

FSILG: Fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups

The vast majority of FSILGs will continue to be closed to undergraduate students this spring. Feedback from students and alumni was vital to making an informed decision about spring plans for these communities. We will maintain our financial support for house operations and work with alumni and student leaders to develop a plan to safely reopen all houses in fall 2021.

In December 2020, MIT announced a targeted pilot opportunity for 3-5 FSILGs to operate during the spring semester with about 15 residents each. More information about the pilot can be found at https://ailg.mit.edu/ailg-covid-19-updates.

Ongoing construction and renewal projects

Burton Conner ​is being taken offline to begin renewal of its infrastructure and interior spaces to enhance the overall student experience. The project timeline is on track, and the building is targeted to reopen for the Fall 2022 semester.

New Vassar​ opens in January 2021 as MIT’s newest undergraduate residence. The building is a 450-bed, living-learning community. The​ ​Founders’ Group​, which comprises students, faculty, and staff, has been planning for the formation of the new community with a focus on wellness.

Graduate Tower at Site 4 ​opened to graduate residents in November 2020, marking another step forward toward achieving ​recommendations made by the Graduate Student Housing Working Group​. The building is located in the heart of Kendall Square and provides 454 apartments including two-bedroom and one-bedroom units that are prioritized for families with children, and efficiencies for single students.

STAYING WELL AND GETTING SUPPORT

Care for Your Mind

Taking care of your mind is critical to managing your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and also allows you to reason, innovate, practice self-compassion, empathize, and develop insight.

Care for Your Body

Caring for your body is foundational to wellbeing and includes getting good sleep, physical exercise, and eating well.

Build Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships and meaningful connections help create thriving communities where everyone feels valued and respected.

Find a Sense of Purpose

A sense of purpose helps you make sense of your experience in the world, discover what is meaningful to you, and figure out who you want to become.

Get Support

Support resources, including resources that are available after hours and 24/7, are available to support you wherever you are in the world when you are faced with a challenge.

DINING AND FOOD

The Campus Meal Plan

Similar to the Fall 2020 semester, all undergraduates who are invited to and elect to live on campus during Spring 2021 will be required to purchase a 14-meal-per-week meal plan. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and following safe food-handling and enhanced cleaning guidelines from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

To defray the cost to students and families, all undergraduates living on campus will receive a spring term COVID subsidy of $1,260 for the meal plan, bringing the total cost down from $3,160 to $1,900. To allow students to supplement the 14-meals-per-week plan, the dining allowance offered in the financial aid award calculation is $2,500 per semester, giving students on financial aid additional financial flexibility and choice.

All undergraduate houses will have in-residence meal service with the exception of East Campus, which will be served in ​Morss Hall (Building 50)​. Service includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Lunch will also be available in the Student Center’s ​Lobdell Dining Hall​ (W20) by pre-order only on weekdays with limited seating potentially available in the dining room. Use the Get App to order your lunch before going to Lobdell.

All dining services will be primarily take-out. Depending on public health guidance and seating availability, residential dining halls and common spaces and Lobdell Dining Hall may have limited sit-down eating areas. Students dining in these approved eating areas will be required to maintain proper physical distancing and wear face coverings at all times, except while eating at their tables.

TechMart, MIT’s at-cost student grocery, will be located in the Student Center (W20) and accessible to on-campus residents only. Currently, Dunkin’ is the only retail eatery open in the Student Center. The Pacific Street Cafe (located at NW86) is also open and operating. Dining facilities and retail eateries across campus are available only to on-campus residents. Please check ​the MIT Dining website​ for up-to-date information.

Access to kitchens in cook-for-yourself communities. Undergraduate residence kitchens remain closed for the spring, with the exception that brief access may be allowed to identified kitchens for the use of sinks, refrigerators, trash barrels for food waste, and microwaves. Capacity limits and cleaning protocols must be observed. Stoves and ovens will not be available for routine cooking.

Meal plan locations and hours

All 10 undergraduate houses will have in-residence meal service with the exception of East Campus, which will be served in ​Morss Hall (Building 50)​. Service includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Lunch will also be available in the Student Center’s ​Lobdell Dining Hall​ (W20) by pre-order only on weekdays. Use the Get App to order your lunch before going to Lobdell.

MIT Dining service for undergraduates will be primarily take-out. Depending on public health guidance and seating availability, residential dining halls and common spaces and Lobdell Dining Hall may have limited sit-down eating areas. Students dining in these appoved eating areas will be required to maintain proper physical distancing and wear face coverings at all times, except while eating at their tables.

Residential Weekday Dining:

  • Breakfast - 7 to 10 am
  • Lunch - 11 am to 2:30 pm
  • Dinner - 5 pm to 8:30 pm

Residential Weekend Dining:

  • Brunch - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (weekends only)
  • Dinner - 5 pm to 8:30 pm

Lobdell (W20) - Beginning March 1:
Lunch - 11 am to 2:30 pm
Pre-order only using the Get App. Get the Get App at http://studentlife.mit.edu/getapp.

Retail dining

Students, faculty, and staff living on campus can visit Dunkin' and TechMart in the Student Center starting March 1. See the retail dining section of the Student Life website for more details.

ATHLETICS, RECREATION, FITNESS, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND SPORTS

Winter and spring athletics

MIT and DAPER complied with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference’s (NEWMAC) unanimous vote on November 2 to cancel all winter athletics. Though this news is disappointing, we know that close-contact athletic activities create unacceptably high risk for Covid transmission. DAPER will be working closely with the conference to assess conditions and options for spring athletics.

Recreation: Seniors, open facilities, and what to expect

To provide the safest experience possible, DAPER is following federal, state, local, and MIT Medical health and safety guidelines. Students, staff, and faculty living on campus and graduate students granted access to campus through Covid Pass and an active membership may access DAPER facilities.

Seniors Living Off Campus. Seniors who have been approved to access campus this spring for academic and research purposes may use DAPER facilities. They must be up to date with all Covid Pass requirements related to testing cadence, daily health attestations, and all other Institute policies to maintain their campus access privileges.

Facilities and Hours. The following facilities will open on September 8: Zesiger Center; Johnson Athletic Center; Alumni Pool/Wang Fitness Center; DuPont Tennis Courts; J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble; Steinbrenner Stadium; Jack Barry Field; Sailing Pavilion; Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track; and DuPont Gym.

Click here for operating hours, which are subject to change. Please visit www.mitrecsports.com for more information.

Please remember that all students are responsible for bringing their own face coverings, their MIT ID, a towel, water bottle, and personal sports equipment (e.g., tennis racquet or soccer ball). When visiting any recreation facility, students should follow posted rules, venue occupancy limits, new reservation requirements, and guidance provided by the MIT Recreation staff. Towel services and equipment checkout will be suspended for the spring semester, and locker rooms will remain closed except to swimmers, who will be able to shower before and after their time in the pool.

Indoor Facilities. Students should arrive dressed for their workout and, once checked in, go directly to their workout venue. MIT Recreation will have the equipment appropriately spaced out to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Students are asked to leave equipment where it is and to thoroughly clean the equipment before and after use with cleaning materials provided. Once their workout is finished, students are asked to proceed directly to the exit. Additionally, Z-Center staff have stepped up general cleaning protocols to limit the potential for Covid-19 to spread through contact with equipment and in DAPER facilities.

Outdoor Facilities. Face coverings must be worn upon entry to any outdoor facility, but they may be removed temporarily when a physical distance of at least six feet can be maintained. Students should try to limit their use of restrooms and should also wash and sanitize their hands before, during, and after exercise and using equipment.

Remote and self-guided fitness tools

Virtual fitness classes will remain FREE for all members of the MIT community. To register, visit the MIT Group Exercise webpage and click on the class you wish to attend. You will then be directed to log into your membership account. If you do not have an account at this time, click the “Become a Guest” option. (Guests will only have access to virtual classes). Once logged in, select “Group Exercise” and then register for the class you wish to attend. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the guidelines for in-person classes, as well as the link for virtual classes. Registration is also available on the MIT Recreation app under “classes.”

Note: Registration for a class can only take place within 48 hours of that class’ start time. In-person classes are limited to a maximum of 11 participants, and all participants must pre-register to attend.

Physical education

DAPER will offer live and recorded online options for students to complete the coursework needed to fulfill their Physical Education and Wellness General Institute Requirement, including the swim test. More information is available at physical education and wellness.mit.edu.

Club sports and intramurals

Like varsity athletics, intramural and club sports activities are paused for the winter. We will assess the public health situation and pandemic trajectory during the winter and make a determination about spring intramurals and club sports in the new year.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES, EVENTS, AND COMMUNITY

Intercultural communities

Social Justice Programming & Cross Cultural Engagement Intercultural Center (SPXCE, pronounced "space") works to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming MIT campus climate. As a collaborative initiative between the Office of Multicultural Programs and LBGTQ+ Services, the SPXCE provides intersectional social justice education, support, community-building, and leadership development. The SPXCE serves as a place where students can feel at home and exist in their wholeness while exploring all of their identities authentically with compassion and care.

In the midst of COVID, our team is working hard to create a virtual presence that allows you to find community, learn about available resources, discuss hot topics and interact with your peers. Please visit LBGTQ+ Services and the Office of Multicultural Programs (OMP) for more information on virtual events and offerings!

Religious Life

The Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life (ORSEL) is available for anyone who needs support. Chaplains are available by phone, email, and remote video conferencing to listen, talk, and be present for you.

If you would like to speak with a chaplain, please email askachaplain@mit.edu and include brief information about the support you are seeking from ORSEL. An ORSEL staff member will connect you with a chaplain as soon as possible.

The MIT Chapel, Religious Life Center (W11), and Walker Memorial quiet space will not be available to use for personal prayer and reflection in spring 2021. We encourage students to pack and bring what they need to conduct religious practices in their rooms. If you need any assistance do not hesitate to contact us at askachaplain@mit.edu. The chaplain list is available at https://studentlife.mit.edu/orsel.

On- and off-campus parties, gatherings, and events

Since the 2020 spring semester, MIT has prohibited on-campus parties, gatherings, and events. Additonally, don’t organize or attend off-campus events, parties, or gatherings until further notice. They are a leading cause of Covid hotspots on college campuses. Small on-campus gatherings are permitted under specific circumstances (See section on indoor and outdoor spaces in the “Living On Campus” section above).

MIT will take swift disciplinary action in response to noncompliance with MIT Covid policies and the Student and Resident Campus Agreement through an expedited COD process for COVID-19 policy violations. Students who attend or host off-campus parties, events, or gatherings may face disciplinary action including potential suspension, loss of housing, or loss of campus access.

Student groups and their gatherings

MIT has instituted a moratorium on in-person student organization events, whether on-campus or off-campus. Student Organizations, Leadership, and Engagement (SOLE) recommends that student organizations focus on virtual events this Spring. The event moratorium includes business and social gatherings, dance and theatre performances, sporting events, concerts, meetings, conferences, tours, workshops, and K-12 programming. Additional details are available at https://studentlife.mit.edu/sole/covid19.

Office Use and Storage Guidelines. At this time, student organization offices are closed and may not be used for meetings, events, or other in-person programming. However, student groups may be able to pick up stored items necessary for their operations by requesting access through the form available on Engage and following these guidelines:

  • No more than two students may be present for the scheduled item pick-up time.
  • Only students with COVID Pass access to campus may be present during the pick-up time.
  • In order to address concerns around contamination and sanitization, items may not be returned (or new items may not be stored) in student group offices.
  • Anyone present for pick-up must follow all MIT COVID-19 guidelines.
  • If your request is approved, your organization will be contacted by a staff member to coordinate a pick-up time during regular business hours, which are 9 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
  • Visit https://bit.ly/orgroomacces to request a pick-up time.

Additional details on financial and shipping processes can be found at https://studentlife.mit.edu/sole/covid19.

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  • Prioritizing your wellbeing is important to becoming your best self. The resources on this page are provided to help you maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle that includes staying connected with others and finding a sense of purpose.
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