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Moving in

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

Once you have completed your license agreement, the Housing Office will send you 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 receivedthe confirmation email.

If the unit is occupied, you probably will not be able to look at it ahead of time. If you would like to inquire about seeing your building and/or room before move-in, send your request to and you will be contacted IF your apartment is available for viewing.

Please take the time to review the website for your new residence. Each building has its own policies and procedures.

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.*
  • You may be able to move in early if space is available AND the Housing Office 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 the Housing Office.

*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.