Each resident is provided with a room/apartment/suite key(s) upon move in to the residence hall, which they are responsible for returning when they move out at the end of the academic year. 

  • Keys will only be issued to the student assigned to a specific room. MIT staff are not permitted to issue a key to a friend, family member, or designee. Students are prohibited from giving their keys to anyone else.
  • Residents are prohibited from duplicating room, apartment, or house keys, or possessing a master key. Residents may be subject to severe disciplinary action for unauthorized use of keys. 

Lock-Out Keys

If a resident is locked out of their room, they should go to the front desk and sign out the lock-out key. Students are required to show a valid MIT ID. If a student does not have their ID, the front desk personnel will verify the resident's identity via their yellow card and by asking informational questions. Under no circumstance shall a room key be given to anyone but the resident of that specific room.

Residents are required to return their lock-out key within 30 minutes of signing out the key. If the key is not returned within 30 minutes, the resident may be fined no less than $30. The fee amount is dependent on how long the key remains signed out past the initial 30-minute period.

If no lock-out key is available, residents should notify their house operations manager or area director. If it is after hours, residents should call (617) 253-1500 and ask for Housing Unit 12.

Lost or Stolen Keys

All lost or presumed stolen keys should be reported to the house operations manager or area director immediately. At that time, all locks accessible by that key will be rekeyed immediately. The first time a resident needs a new key(s), they will be charged $30. After the first replacement, the resident may be charged a $150 lock replacement fee.

All keys issued at move-in must be returned to the house operations manager--or as directed--upon checkout or the resident will be charged a $150 lock replacement fee.