A guest is someone (MIT or non-MIT affiliated) who does not live in the residence hall they are visiting. Residents are permitted to have guests in their residence, including the common areas of the residence hall, under the following conditions:
- Guests are required to present a valid MIT, school or government-issued photo ID at the front desk of any MIT residence hall.
- Residents are prohibited from giving guests their room/apartment keys or MIT ID card at any time.
- Residents and guests in undergraduate residence halls are required to follow the guest policies and procedures for the specific residence hall they wish to visit. Individual guest policies and procedures for each undergraduate community can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this website, listed by house name.
- Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests at all times.
- Residents may not have overnight guests for more than three nights in a seven-day period. Some residence halls may have an overnight guest policy that may be more restrictive. It is the resident's obligation to check with the House Team (Heads of House, House Operations Manager or Area Director) to determine if specific policies exist, and to abide by all applicable policies.
- Residents must obtain, in advance, the permission of all students of the room/suite in which the overnight guest is visiting or staying. Consideration should be given to the reasonable expectations of a roommate(s) at all times.
- Sleeping overnight in the public common areas of a residence hall (e.g., lounges) is prohibited.
Graduate Family Extended Guest Protocol (Westgate Apartments and Graduate Tower at Site 4)
**Please note the COVID-19 resident guest policy which is in effect.**
An extended guest exception may be requested if a graduate student family is in need of emergency support from a family member (e.g. following the birth of a child). An extended guest must be a family member who is not a dependent of the resident and who wishes to stay in the residence for longer than three consecutive days in a seven-day period (current overnight guest policy).
Extended-stay guests may stay in residence up to 14 days with approval from the Associate Dean for Graduate Residential Life. A graduate family may request to have up to two (2) extended guests visit at the same time and may make one (1) extended-guest request during a calendar year.
The following expectations apply:
- Extended-stay guests must be registered and approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Residential Life. Graduate families must contact Associate Dean Naomi Carton via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request an extended guest.
- Extended guests must acknowledge MIT policies and residence hall expectations, and agree to abide by them.
- Residents are responsible for their guest and any damage caused by the guest will be billed to the resident.
- Guests must sleep in the host’s apartment. Guests are prohibited from sleeping in common spaces or other public spaces.
- Extended-stay guests will not be provided keys or temporary IDs to access the residence hall and are expected to stay with their host.
- Violations of the extended guest policy may result in a range of actions, including removal of an extended guest from campus housing.