Your Housing Options
Your options depend on your personal status—whether you are a new or continuing student, for example, or whether you are single or have a family. Review the following categories to determine your personal status.
|This is your status if||Housing Options|
Westgate Apartments** (Efficiency Only)
Westgate Apartments** (Efficiency Only)
|Students with Families|
* Couples also have the option to apply for housing in Edgerton House, Sidney-Pacific and 70 Amherst Street with a one-year license agreement as part of a one-year pilot for the 2018-19 academic year. Read more about the Couples in Single Student Housing pilot.
** Single students (new and continuing) also have the option to apply for an efficiency apartment in Westgate Apartments, with a one-year license agreement as part of a new pilot for the 2018-19 academic year. Continuing single students who apply for a Westgate efficiency will no longer be eligible for continuing status, and will receive a one-year license agreement. Read more about the Westgate Efficiency Apartments Open to Single Students pilot.
If your status changes and you are no longer living with your partner or family, you must notify Housing & Residential Services immediately to register this change. You must vacate family housing within 30 days of a change in family status.
What "new" students should know:
As a new student, you have the best chance of getting an on-campus housing assignment, because MIT gives new students priority.
Make your requests as broad and inclusive as you can so you have a better chance of getting a housing assignment. You can prioritize your choices during the application process as well as tie preferences to different living options.
MIT housing policy takes into consideration City of Cambridge zoning laws, which restrict how many people can live in an apartment.
- New Student–Single assignments (plus couples living in Edgerton House, Sidney-Pacific, and 70 Amherst Street, as well as single students living in an efficiency in Westgate) are non-renewable and are for one year if assigned in the fall allocation. If assigned housing in the spring allocation, students will have the option to renew one additional year. After your initial assignment expires, you must reapply for graduate student housing as a continuing student.
New Student-Family assignments in Eastgate and Westgate are non-renewable and are for two years if assigned in the fall allocation. Students assigned housing in the spring allocation are assigned a non-renewable, one and a half year assignment.
What "continuing" students should know:
- As a continuing student, you can increase your chances of receiving a graduate housing assignment by making your preferences as broad and inclusive as you can. Take care to prioritize your choices during the application process.
Continuing Student–Single assignments granted in the fall allocation are renewable for as long as you remain a registered student provided you do not terminate your housing. Next year, you will have the opportunity to renew your housing assignment. You do not have to reapply to the housing allocation process.
Continuing Student–Family assignments in Eastgate and Westgate granted in the fall allocation are renewable. Next year, when it’s time to reapply, you will have the opportunity to renew your housing assignment. You do not have to reapply to the housing allocation process.
Improving Your Chances
- You should rank only those residences where you would like to live
- The more places you rank, the more likely you are to get housing on campus
- Groups entering the allocation may improve their chances by reconfiguring the group size (i.e. groups of 4 vs. groups of 12)
- It is important to strike the right balance between “want to live on campus” and “want to live in this or that particular residence.”
- If you are assigned to one of the residences that you rank, you will be expected to move there, so don’t include options that won’t work for you
- Remember—you may cancel and resubmit your application as many times as you would like prior to the application deadline