Your Housing Options

Your options depend on your personal status—whether you are a new or continuing student, for example, or whether you are single or have a family. Review the following categories and figure out your personal status.


 

   This is your status if Housing Options
Single Students    
New
  • you are a new MIT graduate student and you have not yet started classes at MIT
  • you have never been registered at MIT as an undergraduate, graduate, cross-registered, special, or exchange student, etc.
  • you have never received graduate housing as an visitor or MIT affiliate
  • you are coming to MIT without a partner or family and will be living in your room alone

70 Amherst Street

Ashdown House

Edgerton House

Sidney-Pacific

Tang Hall

The Warehouse

Continuing
  • you have already taken classes at MIT
  • you have been registered at MIT as an undergraduate, graduate, cross-registered, special, or exchange student, visitor, etc.
  • you have received graduate housing in the past as a visitor or MIT affiliate
  • you are not married or in a domestic partnership

70 Amherst Street

Ashdown House

Edgerton House

Sidney-Pacific

Tang Hall

Students with Families    
New
  • you are a new MIT graduate student and you have not yet started classes at MIT
  • you have never been registered at MIT as an undergraduate, graduate, cross-registered, special, or exchange student, etc.
  • you will be living with a partner or family while you are an MIT student
  • you can prove your family status with documentation

Eastgate Apartments

Westgate Apartments

Couples Only:

70 Amherst Street*

Edgerton House*

Sidney-Pacific*

Continuing
  • you have already taken classes at MIT
  • you have been registered at MIT as an undergraduate, graduate, cross-registered, special, or exchange student, visitor, etc.
  • you have received graduate housing in the past as a visitor or MIT affiliate
  • you will be living with a partner or family while you are an MIT student
  • you can prove your family status with documentation

Eastgate Apartments

Westgate Apartments

* Couples also have the option to apply for housing in Edgerton House, Sidney-Pacific and 70 Amherst Street with a one-year license agreement as part of a one-year pilot for the 2018-19 academic year. Read more about the Couples in Single Student Housing pilot.

Who qualifies as a partner or family?

If your status changes and you are no longer living with your partner or family, you must notify the Housing Office immediately to register this change. You must vacate family housing within 30 days of a change in family status.

Are you a Visitor? Read about your housing options 

What "new" students should know:

  • As a new student, you have the best chance of getting an on-campus housing assignment, because MIT gives new students priority.

  • Make your requests as broad and inclusive as you can so you have a better chance of getting a housing assignment. You can prioritize your choices during the application process as well as tie preferences to different living options. 

  • MIT housing policy takes into consideration City of Cambridge zoning laws, which restrict how many people can live in an apartment.

  • New Student–Single assignments (and couples living in Edgerton House, Sidney-Pacific, and 70 Amherst Street) are non-renewable and are for one year if assigned in the fall allocation. If assigned housing in the spring allocation, students will have the option to renew one additional year. After your initial assignment expires, you must reapply for graduate student housing as a continuing student. 
  • New Student-Family assignments in Eastgate and Westgate are non-renewable and are for two years if assigned in the fall allocation. Students assigned housing in the spring allocation are assigned a non-renewable, one and a half year assignment.

    • Eastgate offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Westgate offers efficiencies, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.
    • MIT housing policy takes into consideration City of Cambridge zoning laws, which restrict how many people can live in an apartment.

What "continuing" students should know:

  • As a continuing student, you can increase your chances of receiving a graduate housing assignment by making your preferences as broad and inclusive as you can. Take care to prioritize your choices during the application process
  • Continuing Student–Single assignments granted in the fall allocation are renewable for as long as you remain a registered student provided you do not terminate your housing. Next year, you will have the opportunity to renew your housing assignment. You do not have to reapply to the housing allocation process.

  • Continuing Student–Family assignments in Eastgate and Westgate granted in the fall allocation are renewable. Next year, when it’s time to reapply, you will have the opportunity to renew your housing assignment. You do not have to reapply to the housing allocation process.

    • Eastgate offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Westgate offers efficiencies, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.
    • MIT housing policy takes into consideration City of Cambridge zoning laws, which restrict how many people can live in an apartment.

Improving Your Chances

  • You should rank only those residences where you would like to live. 
  • The more places you rank, the more likely you are to get housing on campus.
  • Groups entering the allocation may improve their chances by reconfiguring the group size (i.e. groups of 4 vs. groups of 12).
  • It is important to strike the right balance between “want to live on campus” and “want to live in this or that particular residence.”
  • If you are assigned to one of the residences that you rank, you will be expected to move there, so don’t include options that won’t work for you. 
  • Remember—you may cancel and resubmit your application as many times as you would like prior to the application deadline