Waiting List

A graduate housing waiting list is available each term for graduate students who did not get a housing assignment or missed the allocation process, as well as visitors, researchers, and post-docs interested in on-campus housing.


IMPORTANT: Fall 2019 graduate housing waiting list is now closed. The spring waiting list will open on December 6, 2019. 

If you are a post doc, visitor, or researcher interested in housing on campus starting in January 2020 or later you will need to wait for the spring housing waiting list which will open in late fall 2019.

Who should apply to the graduate housing self-selection waiting list?

  • Current graduate students, post docs, and visiting researchers who do not have an assignment for graduate housing on campus.
  • Students who need to transfer between single and family housing due to a change in family status during the academic year.  Please contact Housing & Residential Services immediately to discuss your situation.

MIT undergraduate students, cross-registered undergraduates, and special undergraduate students are not eligible to apply for the self-selection waiting list. These students will need to complete the Graduate Housing Waiting List for Undergraduates application.

What do I need to know before I apply?

  • You will need MIT certificates on your computer in order to apply for the self-selection waiting list at http://myhousing.mit.edu.
  • Visitors, post docs, researchers (anyone who is not a registered MIT student) will need to complete a Waiting List Interest Form before they can join the waiting list. You will also need to email your invitation letter to selfselection@mit.edu once you have completed the Waiting List Interest Form.
    • Once your department has entered you into their HR system, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the self-selection waiting list.
    • Visitors, post docs, and researchers should learn about all of their housing options before joining the waiting list.
  • Students/residents who already have on-campus housing will be removed from the waiting list unless they have a change in family status.
  • The waiting list cannot be used to change assignments.
  • Continuing status is not given through the waiting list process.
  • Be sure to research all of the on-campus housing options before applying to the waiting list, or accepting an assignment.
  • You may stay on the self-selection waiting list without penalty until you select an assignment. Your active application will allow you to participate in the weekly self-selection process until you find a unit.

About Self-Selection (Figure 1)

Graduate Students ONLY:

(this process occurs weekly)

  • Students will submit their self-selection waiting application (http://myhousing.mit.edu) by 11:59 pm on Sunday.
  • Self-selection applications are reviewed for eligibility on Monday. Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a selection time which can be viewed at http://myhousing.mit.edu.
  • Preview day occurs every Tuesday. This allows applicants to see what spaces are currently available. Note: Availability may change weekly.
  • Full-time graduate students will be able to select a space on Wednesday. Special, cross-registered, or visiting graduate students will be able to select a space on Thursday.
Visitors ONLY:
  • Only visitors, post docs, and researchers must complete the Waiting List Interest Form. Invitation letters with dates of appointment/residency, should be submitted to selfselection@mit.edu once the form is complete.
  • Visitor interest forms are processed every Thursday for eligibility to apply to the self-selection waiting list.
  • All applicants who complete the Waiting List Interest Form will receive an email confirmation of their status and their eligibility to participate in self-selection. Confirmations will be emailed every Friday. If you are not confirmed for the upcoming week, your status will be verified every Friday until we are able to confirm your status.
  • Once you are confirmed, you will need to submit your self-selection waiting list application (http://myhousing.mit.edu) by 11:59 pm on Sunday.
  • Self-selection waiting list applications are reviewed on Monday. Once your application is confirmed, you will receive a selection time which can be viewed at http://myhousing.mit.edu.
  • Preview day occurs every Tuesday. This allows applicants to see what spaces are currently available. Note: Availability may change weekly.
  • Visitors, post docs, and researchers will be able to select a space on Thursday.
FIGURE 1

Figure 1 - Self-Selection Waiting List Flow Chart

If you self-select an assignment

  • If you accept an assignment from the waiting list, it is a binding commitment. You will be expected to occupy the room regardless of whether you have signed your license agreement.
  • If you decide to cancel after selecting an assignment, you must notify us by email at graduatehousing@mit.edu and you will be charged a $250 cancellation fee. 
  • If you cancel less than 30 days before your scheduled move-in date, you will also be responsible for rent starting from your scheduled move-in date until the end of the 30 days, or until the vacancy is filled, whichever happens first. 
  • It is your responsibility to notify us if you decide not to attend MIT—your department will not inform us.
Figure 2

Self-Selection Waiting List Timeline

Reminder: There is no financial penalty for not selecting a space, but if you select a space and do not sign the license agreement, there is a $250 penalty and your application will be removed from the self-selection waiting list. You will then have to reapply to the waiting list if you are still looking for housing on campus.