Fall 2021 Housing Processes: Rising Sophomores

March 30, 2021

Dear Resident,

We are writing to share the 2021-2022 housing process timeline for rising sophomores.  You likely saw that President Reif announced plans to ramp-up to full campus operations this fall.  With this news, Housing & Residential Services (HRS) has been working collaboratively with DormCon leaders and House Teams to develop and implement a housing process for the fall semester.  

Of particular note:

  • If you intend to live on campus during the 2021-2022 academic year, please submit the Fall 2021 Sophomore Housing Lottery Application within your MyHousing portal no later than Friday, April 9 at 11:59 pm ET.  Timely submission of this form is required to guarantee your on-campus housing this fall.
  • Rising sophomores will submit 2021-2022 housing preferences according to the first-year housing assignment process (see below). 
  • You are guaranteed on-campus housing for 2021-2022, even if you’ve never lived on campus, as long as you maintained enrollment during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Students who are interested in living in an FSILG during the 2021-2022 academic year will receive additional information in the coming weeks about FSILG housing.  Students who are considering FSILG housing next year, but who may also be interested in on-campus housing, are strongly encouraged to submit a Fall 2021 Sophomore Housing Lottery Application to guarantee an on-campus assignment (which may be cancelled by the June penalty-free deadline if an FSILG accommodation is confirmed).
  • The Spring 2021 move-out deadline is Friday, May 28 at 12:00 pm Noon ET
  • The penalty-free cancellation deadline for Fall 2021 housing is Monday, June 21 at 11:59 pm ET. 

As noted above, housing assignments for rising sophomores will follow the first-year housing assignment process.  This means that you will have the opportunity to rank all of the available residences similar to the Spring 2021 housing assignment process.  Learn more about each residential community, and explore all of your housing options, by visiting the MIT Guide to Residences website.  

This “reset” to the first-year housing process was developed in consultation with Dormcon to provide rising sophomores - regardless of whether they have lived on campus - an equal opportunity to explore all housing options.  Life within the residences may also look different this fall, especially if there are changes to housing policies that allow for a return to normalcy.  If you lived on campus during Spring 2021 and would like to remain in your current community, please make sure to rank the building as your top choice.  While the same assignment cannot be guaranteed, your building preference rankings have a significant impact on your assignment.    

If all goes well with the trajectory of the pandemic, we can expect to enjoy campus this fall without many COVID-era residential life restrictions.  Additional information regarding life on campus next semester (including student policies, pod program, etc.) will be shared in the coming weeks and months.  

As always, if you have any questions or if the HRS team can be of any assistance as you navigate the housing process, please do not hesitate to reach out via email at residence@mit.edu or by phone at (617) 253-2811. 


Associate Dean and Director for Residential Services and Operations
Housing & Residential Services

Associate Director of Residential Services 
Housing & Residential Services

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Fall 2021 Sophomore Housing Lottery Application opens

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET

  • Fall 2021 Sophomore Housing Lottery Application closes

Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Rising sophomore building results released

Friday, May 28 at 12:00 pm ET 

  • Spring 2021 move-out deadline

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET 

  • Penalty-free cancellation deadline for 2021-2022 housing

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

  • 2021-2022 room assignments shared with rising sophomores