Who is Eligible for Housing

Not sure if you're eligible for graduate housing on campus? Find out more below.

Fully-registered graduate students
Graduate students with families
Undergraduates with partners or families
Visitors, postdocs, cross-registered students & MIT affiliates
Who is not eligible for housing?

Fully-registered graduate students

All graduate students are eligible to apply for on-campus housing if they are fully registered for the period they will be living at MIT.

Graduate students with families

Fully-registered graduate students with families/partners who will live with them on a full-time basis while they are at MIT are eligible for family housing in the Graduate Tower at Site 4 or Westgate Apartments. Couples also have the option to apply for housing in Edgerton House, Sidney-Pacific and 70 Amherst Street.

Family is defined by a partner or spouse, children, and legal dependents.  Family housing is not for extended family members (parents, siblings, etc), unless the family member is a legal dependent. You must submit documentation proving your family status once you have signed a license agreement.

Find out more about eligibility for different apartment types within family housing

Undergraduates in family housing

Contact Housing & Residential Services as soon as possible to be considered for family housing if you are:

  • entering MIT as a married first-year student
  • an undergraduate who has continuously lived on-campus and will be getting married
  • an undergraduate with a child
  • an MIT student whose parent(s) are legal dependents of the student

Married or engaged undergraduates who currently live off-campus must apply to the waiting list for family housing.

Visitors, postdocs, cross-registered students & MIT affiliates

  • While on-campus graduate housing is prioritized for members of the MIT graduate student community, visitors, postdocs, affiliates, and cross-registered students who are seeking to live in on-campus graduate housing may also select on-campus housing through a "Visitor Self-Selection" process, subject to housing availability.  Visitors may also sublicense a room from a current resident during the summer or Independent Activities Period (IAP) breaks.  Learn More

Who is not eligible for housing

  • Alumni, families of students, Draper, Broad, and Whitehead employees are NOT eligible for on-campus housing.
  • Students on internship
    • Students participating in department-sponsored internships are not eligible for housing.
    • We will release you from your license agreement if you provide 30-days' notice and a letter or email from your department verifying your situation and department-required internship. Termination fees will still apply.
  • Students with non-resident status
    • Non-resident status may be granted to doctoral students who have completed all requirements other than the thesis.
    • Students granted non-resident status by the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) are not eligible for housing. 
    • We will release you from your license agreement if we are notified by OGE of a change in your status from resident to non-resident and you provide 30-days' notice. Early termination fees apply.