Change or Cancel Your Assignment

In general, if you receive a graduate housing assignment through any of the available housing processes, you are expected to occupy the assignment on the appropriate date and fulfill all other terms of the Housing License Agreement.  Students who cancel their on-campus housing prior to their scheduled occupancy date (also known as "scheduled move-in date") are subject to the cancellation policy outlined below. 

Please Note: The housing Early Termination Policy will apply to any cancellations submitted after the scheduled occupancy date. 

Interim COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

Advance Notification Requirement 

Housing & Residential Services requires 30 days’ advance notice prior to your scheduled move-in date.  Residents cannot defer their license agreement to a future semester, however, they will be eligible to participate in future allocation and waiting list processes, which occur every semester.

Remaining Flexible to Meet Students' Housing Needs

HRS will remain as flexible as possible to accommodate graduate students’ housing needs. If circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic alter students’ plans or prevent students from returning to campus through no fault of their own (i.e. travel or visa restrictions), HRS will work with students on a case-by-case basis and will waive any cancellation fees associated with their on-campus housing license agreements.  We will continue to work with the International Students Office to support international students’ housing needs.

Changes to the Interim Cancellation Policy

This interim cancellation policy was developed to provide increased flexibility to graduate residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Housing & Residential Services (HRS) continues to monitor circumstances surrounding the pandemic and will adapt the cancellation policy as necessary.  Any changes to the current policy will be updated on this webpage.

How to Cancel Your Housing Assignment

Before the Housing Allocation closes:

To cancel your application before the Housing Allocation closes, go to and submit a cancellation form.

  • An individual in the group allocation may cancel their application prior to the deadline without penalty, and the group will remain intact with a reduction in group size.

  • You will not pay a penalty if you cancel before the final application deadline.

After the allocation closes:

To cancel after the deadline, you must notify Housing & Residential Services of cancellation in writing at least 30 days before your scheduled move-in date. You will pay a $250 fee if:

  • you cancel your application or fail to accept an offer by the stated deadlines
  • an individual in the group allocation cancels their application from a group after the stated deadline (The group will remain in tact with a reduction in group size.)
  • if you cancel your accepted assignment 30 days prior to your scheduled move-in date
  • you cancel with less than 30 days notice (you will owe rent on the unit you were assigned to in addition to the $250 cancellation fee)

If You Decide Not to Attend MIT:

  • You must notify the Housing & Residential Services in writing if you decide not to attend MIT. The individual academic departments will not do this for you.

Changing Buildings: