What is a housing license agreement?
Your housing license agreement includes your name, room type and building that you have been assigned to, and the end-date of your housing assignment. It also outlines the rules and procedures you must follow as a resident of on-campus housing.
Your license agreement commits you to financial responsibility for the length of your assignment. Billing begins on your scheduled occupancy (move-in) date.
View a sample 2023-2024 housing license agreement.
How do I sign and confirm my license agreement?
- You can review and sign your housing license agreement within the Housing Portal when you select or renew your housing assignment.
- Failure to confirm and sign your agreement after you received an assignment through the allocation will result in a $250 cancellation fee and the loss of that assignment.
- Please save the auto-reply confirmation email once you confirm your assignment. This email contains a link to a copy of the agreement for your reference.
Graduate Housing License Types
MIT Graduate Students*
Housing Renewal Policy
Renewable License: Residents may annually choose to renew their on-campus housing assignment for the full duration of their MIT graduate degree program.
One-Year Renewable License: Residents receive a one-year Housing License Agreement with the option to renew their Agreement for one additional year. In an effort to ensure on-campus living opportunities for incoming graduate students, a lottery will be run (space permitting) for existing residents to renew beyond a second year in MIT graduate housing provided the house meets occupancy goals.** This approach was developed in coordination with student leaders and heads of house from each community. If a lottery is not possible, or if renewal through the lottery process is unsuccessful, residents will be granted early access to select an alternative on-campus housing assignment (excluding Ashdown House, Sidney-Pacific and The Warehouse) before general housing selection.
Non-Renewable License: As a first-year only graduate student community, housing renewal is unavailable. Residents who are interested in continuing to live on campus may select an alternative housing assignment, subject to housing availability. Residents will be granted early access to select an alternative on-campus housing assignment (excluding Ashdown House and Sidney-Pacific and The Warehouse) before general housing selection.
Visitors, Affiliates, Postdocs, Cross-Registered Students*
Housing Renewal Policy
Non-Renewable License: Must enter the Self-Selection process annually to select an on-campus housing assignment, subject to housing availability. Existing residents seeking to remain in on-campus graduate housing will be granted early access to select a unit before off-campus visitors, affiliates, postdocs and cross-registered students.
*Residents must remain eligible for MIT graduate housing. This renewal policy does not apply to undergraduate students living within graduate housing. Visitors, affiliates, postdocs and cross-registered students continue to receive non-renewable licenses.
**In an effort to ensure on-campus housing opportunities exist for incoming graduate students in Ashdown House and Sidney-Pacific, currently a 40% target of each building’s total occupancy will be made available for new incoming residents each year.
***First-year graduate students only