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Housing Info

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Spring 2021 Housing Updates

MIT Undergraduate Community

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  • January 15, 2021 - Deadline to Submit Non-Binding Student Departure Plan
  • By the End of January 2021 - Room Assignments Shared 
  • February 13, 2021 - First-year move-in.
  • February 14-15, 2021 - Upper-level resident move-in.  


Spring 2021 Housing Application

The spring housing application will closed on November 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. Students invited to live on campus during Spring 2021 who completed the Spring 2021 Housing Application within their MyHousing portal had until Monday, December 14 at 12:00 pm ET to amend any of their living and group preferences. In turn, Housing & Residential Services (HRS) will use this information to assign students to a residence hall based on their top-ranked preferences. Building assignments will be shared with students in December.  

Fall 2021 housing eligibility will not be impacted by students' Spring 2021 housing decisions.  Please note, however, that students who previously lived off campus during Spring 2020 are not guaranteed on-campus housing after the Spring 2021 semester.  First-year students interested in living on campus will continue to be guaranteed on-campus housing for all four years.

As always, the Housing Application is not first-come, first-served, and there is no priority given to those who submit the form early.  Students who are not planning to live on campus next semester do not need to complete the Spring 2021 Housing Application Form.  Please note, however, that students who do not submit the form by November 16 cannot be guaranteed on-campus housing for the spring semester. Students who complete the Spring 2021 Housing Application whose housing plans change may cancel by January 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET without penalty.

Students who were living in MIT on-campus housing as of March 1, 2020 and who continue to maintain their enrollment as registered MIT undergraduate students will be guaranteed future housing when MIT housing returns to normal operations and all residents are invited to return to campus for fall 2021. Consistent with existing policy, students who lived off campus prior to March 2020, or lived on campus in Spring 2020 and subsequently took a leave of absence, will not be guaranteed future housing.

Residence Hall Options & Group Selection

With the exception of Burton Conner which will be closed for renewal, all other undergraduate residence halls will be listed as options within the housing application.  We are excited to share the addition of New Vassar as a new undergraduate housing option starting in the spring! While HRS will make every effort to assign students to one of their top residence hall preferences, there is a possibility that a student may receive an assignment in any of the available residences based on space availability.  Building assignments will be finalized by the end of December 2020.

Building Group Selection

Students who would like to live in the same residence hall with specific classmates will be able to form a group of up to eight students in the Spring 2021 Housing Application.  Each person in the group must enter the names of the other students in their application. Please note that group member selection only applies to residential community placement which is separate and distinct from the residential pod program.  Room Assignment Chairs may also use group member information during the room assignment process in collaboration with the House Team.

Room Assignments

Housing & Residential Services (HRS) will work collaboratively with Room Assignment Chairs (RACs) and House Teams in each house to develop a process for spring room assignments. After receiving living preference information from students, HRS will share details with 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.

The high volume of Spring 2021 Housing Applications confirmed that up to 35 percent of returning undergraduates will be assigned to double room accommodations.  The residential pod program in undergraduate residences will continue through the Spring 2021 semester. Updated dates and details about the spring pod program will be posted in the near future and shared with students who elect to live on campus in the spring.

Important Housing Dates & Deadlines (updated 12-21-20)

  • November 3, 2020 - Housing Application Opens for Eligible Students
  • November 16, 2020 - Housing Application Closes at 11:59pm
  • December 14, 2020 - Edits to Housing Application Preferences are Due. 
  • By the End of December 2020 - Building Placements Shared 
  • Monday, January 4, 2021 (12:00 pm ET)
    • Deadline to Cancel Spring 2021 Housing Assignment Without Penalty
    • Deadline to Sign Spring 2021 Housing License Agreement
    • Deadline to Submit Preferred Move-in Arrival Date (submitted as part of Housing License Agreement)
    • Housing Waitlist Offers Begin on a Rolling Basis
  • Friday, January 15, 2020 (12:00 pm ET) Deadline to Complete Non-Binding Student Departure Plan in MyHousing
  • By the End of January 2021 - Room Assignments Shared 
  • February 13, 2021 - First-year move-in.
  • February 14-15, 2021 - Upper-level resident move-in.  
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 (12:00 pm ET) - Spring 2021 Housing Move-out Deadline

Moving to Campus & A Different Campus Experience

Move-in will occur during Presidents’ Day weekend, including first-year students arriving on February 13, and returning students arriving February 14–15. Similar to the Fall 2020 move-in, students will preference arrival windows to avoid crowding.  Returning students will not be permitted to bring guests into the residence halls during move-in. First-year students will be permitted to bring up to one guest with them for move-in, and guests may stay in the residence halls for a maximum of two hours.  

Students may submit their preferred move-in date and time while signing their Housing License Agreement (last section of the agreement) in MyHousing by January 4 at 12:00 pm ET.  Students will receive a confirmation email in early January 2021 with additional details about the move and your assigned move-in times.  All students are expected to arrive during their assigned arrival period unless alternate arrangements with HRS have already been made, or if there are circumstances beyond the student's control (i.e. travel delays).  Students who need to adjust their confirmed arrival time may email with their requested new time.    Please do not make travel arrangements until your move-in date is confirmed.

A Different Campus Experience

To protect the health and safety of the MIT community, updated COVID-19 student policies and community expectations have been established.  Several of these changes include required COVID-19 testing, physical distancing practices and the use of face coverings in residential common areas, as well as restrictions on campus activities and use of residential common spaces.  

Spring 2021 Housing Rates

As described within a FAQ published by the Institute, all 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.  Please note that upper-level residents assigned to a single apartment in Site 4 will be charged a Tier 1 single rate

Housing Waitlist Process

The waiting list is for students who do not have a housing assignment due to missing the housing application deadline, change of circumstance or academic standing etc. Students who submit a waitlist application will be offered a housing assignment on a first-come, first-served basis depending on students’ housing preferences and housing availability.  Spring 2021 offers are made on a rolling basis starting January 4, 2021.    

Housing-Related Messages

JANUARY 11, 2021

DECEMBER 21, 2020

DECEMBER 14, 2020

DECEMBER 11, 2020

DECEMBER 9, 2020

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