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Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Move-Out

As a reminder, all residents are expected to move out of their Fall 2020 housing assignment by Sunday, November 22 at 12:00 noon unless a pre-approved extension has been granted.

Travel Guidance from MIT Medical

Please take a moment to review the travel guidance from MIT Medical which recommends quarantining for a full 14 days upon your return home to protect yourself, friends and family members from contracting the virus. 

Thank You

This has been a semester unlike any other and the entire team at Housing & Residential Services (HRS) would like to thank you for your continued positivity and partnership.  Best wishes for a wonderful end to the fall semester.  If you have any housing-related inquiries related to move-out, please do not hesitate to reach out to the HRS team via email at

What is the check-out process?

After you have completed removing all personal belongings from your room, please visit the front desk of your residence hall.  Staff will assist with collecting your room key and recording your check-out prior to your departure.  You do not need to reserve a specific check-out time in advance.  Any specific questions about this process in your building may be directed to your House Operations Manager

Will there be an airport shuttle?

Yes.  MIT Parking & Transportation will offer airport shuttles on Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22 by reservation only.  Shuttles will run every hour between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm only.  Shuttles will pick-up at the Kresge Oval and will visit the airport terminals that students specified in their reservations.   Space is limited, and riders are reminded to wear face coverings and remain physically-distanced while waiting to board the shuttle and while seated in the vehicle. 

In the event that reservations for airport shuttle service are fully booked, students may need to take public transportation or arrange for private transportation to the airport. Students utilizing public transportation services are encouraged to review travel safety information regarding COVID-19.  Airport shuttles are for students only (not for guests or family members). 

Reservations can be made approximately one week prior to departure.  Please check the Parking & Transportation website for reservation start dates.

When is it okay to stop adhering to COVID Pass requirements?

You are expected to remain in compliance with all COVID Pass requirements until you turn in your room key and move off campus.  After your check-out has been recorded, your building access through COVID Pass will terminate.  Residents approved to remain in on-campus housing through the SHARP program are expected to continue with all COVID Pass requirements for the duration of their stay on campus.

According to a recent community message from Dr. Cecilia Stuopis from MIT Medical, undergraduate students who are departing campus are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 test from MIT Medical 48 hours before traveling.  

Must all personal belongings be removed during move-out?

Yes.  All personal items must be removed from MIT housing by November 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm.  The only exceptions are for those residents with a pre-approved housing extension and/or those utilizing Piece by Piece Movers (boxed and labeled items may be left in your room for pickup by their moving staff). 

What storage opportunities are available?

In the past several months, MIT assisted students with the arrangements and cost of storing and shipping personal belongings due to the quick departure from campus in March 2020, and also because many students could not return to campus for Fall 2020.

Now, as on-campus students are planning their departure from campus in November, they should also plan for the removal of all their personal belongings from residences.

  • The uncertainty of the pandemic continues, and MIT needs to keep residences as empty as possible in the coming months. This means that in-house storage will not be available for November 2020 to February 2021.
  • Students (including seniors) who are currently living on-campus and who are planning and approved to return to campus housing for the Spring 2021 semester can store their items with Piece by Piece Movers until the start of the Spring 2021 semester, and MIT will cover this cost. (We understand that, in a “normal” year, students would keep belongings in their rooms for Winter Break.)
    • A Storage Quick Guide is available for those who are using services by Piece by Piece Movers. 
    • To request storage services through Piece by Piece Movers, please visit their website and use the promo code Spring2021Return prior to checkout for free storage through Spring Semester Move-In. (If using this code, MIT will confirm your residential status with Piece by Piece Movers). 
    • NOTE: All students will still need to enter valid credit card information which will only be used for billing any additional services.
  • Students who are currently living on-campus and anticipate that they will not return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester should plan for the removal of all personal belongings from residences.
    • Students may use Piece by Piece Movers to store or ship their belongings, but please note that all expenses related to storage/shipping will be the responsibility of the student.
    • A Storage Quick Guide is available for those who are using services by Piece by Piece Movers. 
    • Students are welcome to pursue other storage/shipping options.

QUESTIONS?  Any students who have questions or concerns may contact

Am I allowed to have guests help with moving out?

Residents will not be permitted to bring guests into the residence halls to assist with Fall 2020 move-out.  

If I’m approved through SHARP, will I be able to remain in my Fall 2020 housing assignment?

As described on the SHARP webpage, students should be prepared to move to a new housing assignment in Simmons Hall, Next House or potentially New House after November 22, 2020.  Students should also expect that the COVID-19 policies and expectations designed to keep MIT and neighboring community members safe could change — they may become more or less restrictive depending on the trajectory of the pandemic.  

Do Spring 2021 decisions by the Institute impact Fall 2020 move-out?

No.  Decisions about Spring 2021 will not impact the Fall 2020 move-out timeline or processes.  

Move-out Checklist

(Downloadable PDF)

Remember, residents must move out of their residence hall by 12:00 pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020 unless a pre-approved extension has been granted.

  1. Pre-Plan for the Move.  Prior to leaving, please make sure you’ve thought through when and how you plan to leave campus.  This may include consulting your finals schedule, making travel and off-campus storage arrangements, and reaching out to family or friends to help coordinate your departure. Please note, however, that guests are not allowed in the residence halls during move-out. 
  2. Pack all personal belongings.  This includes any belongings brought with you and items that you may have accumulated during the semester.  Make sure to check your drawers, restroom, and other spaces where you may have placed items.  If you require boxes, they will be available at the front desk of your residence hall.  Please contact your House Operations Manager if you have any questions.  Residents utilizing services provided by Piece by Piece Movers may leave boxed and labeled belongings in their room.   
  3. Remove all trash and recycling.  Please do not leave any perishable items in your room and be sure to deposit all trash and recycling in the appropriate area.  If you have any questions about where to dispose of these items, please contact your House Operations Manager.
  4. Tidy Your Living Space.  Please leave your room in the same condition that it was when you arrived on campus. Ensure that all bedroom furniture belonging to the residence hall is accounted for.    
  5. Check-out at the Front Desk.  When you’re ready to depart campus, please lock your door and proceed to the front desk of your residence hall.  Staff will collect your room key(s) and confirm that you have checked out of your residence for the semester.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Housing & Residential Services via email at  Please know that additional support resources, including resources that are available after hours and 24/7, are available to support you wherever you are in the world when you are faced with a challenge.