Special Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors

To help alleviate crowding in MIT's undergraduate housing system, we will be running a special graduate housing lottery open to juniors and seniors. We invite you to consider entering the lottery and moving to on campus graduate housing for academic year 2017-2018. 

Juniors and seniors who enter the lottery could benefit in the following ways:

  • MIT has a wide range of graduate housing options, from efficiency apartments to single bedrooms in multi-bedroom apartments. To encourage you to consider these options, we are offering each student who receives a new housing assignment in this lottery a $3,000 housing credit on your Bursar's bill ($1,500 per semester) or a complimentary Basic 10 meal plan (valued at $3,410/year) for academic year 2017-2018. The graduate dormitories do not have dining halls, so the meal plan benefit is offered for those who might wish to eat their meals in one of the undergraduate residences. The costs of the graduate student housing options and the savings you will receive by moving are shown in this comparison table.
  • Students may select only the options they are willing to move to, and specify roommates or an apartment-sized group they might wish to move with on the lottery form. For example, if you are only willing to leave your current assignment with a friend to move to a Warehouse efficiency that you and your friend will share next year, you will be able to note that on the form. If we are unable to move you to a Warehouse efficiency in the lottery, you will remain in your current assignment.
  • Are you thinking about MIT graduate school? Students who move in this lottery and are accepted as an MIT graduate student for academic year 2018-2019 will be offered a spot in on-campus graduate housing for the first year of their graduate program. In recent years, more than 100 undergraduates enroll in a graduate program at the Institute immediately after completing their SB. For those of you thinking about staying, we hope a confirmed spot in graduate housing for your first year might give you one less thing to worry about in the future.
  • Juniors who move to a graduate residence will be able to move back to their current undergraduate residence for their senior year or another undergraduate residence for their last year.
  • Dean Suzy Nelson and the Graduate Heads of House are committed to working with their graduate house officers and communities to support any new undergraduate residents in their building.

If you are interested in making this move, the lottery to enter your preferences is available from http://bit.ly/alleviateMITcrowds. It is important that you know we will run the lottery in rounds with an algorithm to balance the number of assignments out of the undergraduate residences into the graduate residences. The first round will occur Thursday, July 13, with results out on Friday, July 14 and the second round will occur on Thursday, July 20, with results out on Friday, July 21. Depending on student interest, the choices for the second round may be more limited than the first round. 

If you have any questions about the move, or your options, we are happy to assist you. Please email residence@mit.edu and a member of the Housing Office team will get back to you.