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Moving in

Welcome to MIT! We look forward to your arrival on campus.

Once you have completed your license agreement, you will receive an email confirmation with your room number, move-in date, roommate information, and check-in instructions. Please note that requests to postpone your move-in date are not permitted once you have received the confirmation email.

Please take the time to review the website for your new residence.

Moving in earlier

  • While we try to assign you to an apartment that has a move-in date close to what you have requested, there may not be an assignment available with the exact move-in date you would like.*
  • Move-in dates for those who received an assignment in the group allocation will vary based on individual bedroom vacancies.
  • You may be able to move in early if space is available AND Housing & Residential Services approves the new move-in date. Your billing will be adjusted to reflect an earlier move-in date.
  • Please do not contact the current resident of your room to ask when they are moving out. All questions about occupancy should be directed to Housing & Residential Services.
*For the fall semester, about 70% of students are assigned a late August move-in date. This is due to most vacancies occurring on or near August 15, when current license agreements end. It typically takes 3-5 days to clean and turnover an apartment.


If you move in to an on-campus residence during the summer months, your bedroom will be clean, but the common areas will be in the condition left by the previous tenants. Common areas will be cleaned by a maintenance team after August 15. In some instances, you may be able to submit a cleaning waiver to secure an earlier move-in date.

In family housing, units will be cleaned completed before your move-in date.

Interim Housing

If you need to arrive on campus before your assigned move-in date, you can may be able to sublicense a room or apartment over the summer months or IAP.

For temporary accommodations during the rest of the year, please visit the off-campus housing website.


Do not send packages to your new assignment ahead of your move-in date. Storage is limited and the mail room cannot take responsibility for any packages that arrive before you do.