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Answers to key questions about housing at MIT

Who must live on campus
Vacancies in doubles or triples
Involuntary housing change 
Problem solving
Gender Inclusive Housing

Who must live on campus

First-year students are required to live in one of the undergraduate residence halls on campus for the duration of their first year at MIT. With the stress that often comes with transition to college life, especially at MIT, the proximity to campus and access to on-campus facilities and resources are especially important.

When students agree to come to MIT, it is under the stipulation that they will adhere to this first-year residency requirement. Rare exceptions are made in cases where first-year students are married or will live full time with parents or guardians who reside in the Boston area.

You may write a letter of petition to the Housing Office requesting permission to live off campus during your first year at MIT. In addition to that letter of petition, you must supply documentation of off-campus residency with parents or family or documentation of marriage. Your petition will be reviewed by the Housing Office in conjunction with the Executive Director for Administration for the Division of Student Life.


  • If you are a first-year student, you will receive an estimated bill before the start of the semester in early July. This bill covers the fall term of housing, and payment will be due on August 1. Your housing rate will be adjusted when you are placed in your permanent assignment, and your bill will be adjusted for the September billing cycle.

    • Meal plans for first-year students will be billed in August for the fall semester and January for the spring semester.

  • If you are a returning student, you will receive your fall-term housing bill in July. Payment will be due on August 1.

  • All students receive their spring-term housing bills in early December if they are continuing to live on campus. Payment for the spring term housing bill is due by January 1.

  • All housing fees are assessed via your personal student account.

  • View a list of current Housing rates.

Vacancies in doubles or triples

One student may not occupy a double, or two a triple. If you find yourself in a room with an extra bed, understand that a new resident will be assigned to the vacancy as soon as possible. Attempts to dissuade prospective roommates from moving in are strictly prohibited and may result in lost privileges, suspension from the residence, fines or additional rent charges, or other disciplinary action.

Involuntary change in housing assignment

  • The Housing Office must ultimately approve all assignments or reassignments within a residence, changes from one residence to another, or changes from an MIT residence to off-campus housing.

  • Responsibility for making room assignments and changes in room assignments within an MIT undergraduate residence is the responsibility of the student government of that residence in consultation with the Housing Office. No assignment is final until approved by the Housing Office.

  • The Housing Office reserves the right to move students at its discretion to consolidate or fill vacancies (especially if crowding exists), to meet the demands upon facilities, to reconcile personal problems, or to resolve conflicts and discipline issues.

  • The Housing Office reserves the right to make specific assignments in cases it deems special or extraordinary, such as those involving medical or personal problems. In such cases, guaranteeing a student’s right of privacy and confidentiality may require direct assignments that override individual house lotteries.

Problem solving

Always maintain an open line of communication with your roommate(s), respectfully discussing problems and negotiating solutions. If you are unable to settle an issue in this manner, talk first with your graduate resident tutor (GRT). If necessary, the GRT will then work with the Head of House and/or Area Director of your residence to help resolve the problem. 

Another resource to consider is mediation. Conflict Management@MIT offers confidential consultations about difficult people, conversations, or situations and offers suggestions for handling a dispute or conflict.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender inclusive housing is a policy that provides MIT students with the option to live in residences with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, or gender identity.

  • Gender inclusive housing is available in the majority of undergraduate and graduate residence halls, except in areas (including houses, entries, and/or floors) designated as single-sex.
  • This is a voluntary housing option. No student will be assigned to gender inclusive housing unless they request it.
  • MIT discourages students of any sexual orientation who are in a relationship from living together in a residential room.

Students who are interested in living in gender inclusive housing should indicate this on their housing or waitlist application.

Any student who has questions or concerns about their housing options should contact the Housing Office directly.