About Family Housing

Find out more about family housing at MIT


The Basics

  • MIT has two residences dedicated to family housing, Eastgate and Westgate. Couples also have the option to apply for housing in Edgerton House, Sidney-Pacific and 70 Amherst Street as part of a one-year pilot for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Supply is limited. Not everyone who applies for family housing will receive an assignment.
  • Family housing is available only to fully-registered MIT students who live with their families/partners full time and meet all eligibility requirements. If your family/partner lives elsewhere but only comes to visit for a few weeks or months of the year, you are not eligible for family housing.
  • You must reside full time in your apartment with your family/partner. You cannot be away for more than 10% of each semester.
  • Your spouse/partner or family must move in with you in your MIT residence within 30 days of your scheduled move-in date.
  • Students who live in family housing but do not meet the eligibility requirements, or have a change in family status, will be given 30 days notice to vacate.

Find out how to provide proof of family

Types of Family Housing

  • Eastgate, located on the east side of campus, has one and two bedroom apartments
  • Westgate, located on the west side of campus, has efficiencies, one, and two bedroom apartments
  • For couples only:
    • Edgerton House, located on the northwest side of campus, has efficiencies and one bedroom apartments
    • Sidney-Pacific, located on the northwest side of campus, has efficiency apartments
    • 70 Amherst Street, located on the east side of campus, has one bedroom apartments

All apartments in Eastgate, Westgate, and Edgerton House are unfurnished. Sidney-Pacific and 70 Amherst Street may be furnished with two twin beds or you may bring your own bed. Each apartment has a stove, refrigerator, and curtains.

Note: An efficiency or studio apartment is one room without a separate bedroom. Efficiencies are located in Westgate, Edgerton House and Sidney-Pacific only. 

Apartment Types

Size of Family

Efficiency in Westgate Efficiency in Edgerton House or Sidney Pacific One-bedroom  One Bedroom in Edgerton House or 70 Amherst Street Two-bedroom

Couple with no children

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Couple with one child

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Couple with 2-3 children

No

No

No

No

Yes

Single parent with one child or with a parent who is a legal dependent

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Single parent with 2 children

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Single parent with 3-4 children

No

No

No

No

Yes

 

Parents expecting a baby are eligible to rent a two bedroom apartment but you must be 12 weeks pregnant to apply.

Providing Proof of Family

When you have been assigned to family housing at MIT, you must submit "proof of family" before you move in. Your assignment will specify how and when to provide this documentation. Documentation must be in English or have a notarized English translation and include both the MIT student and partner names.
 

Family Type Documentation Required
couples (with and without children)

One of the following: marriage license, certificate of civil union, domestic partnership document, a visa that indicates the name of the spouse, census report of household member, book of the family, previous lease together or joint bank account at least one year old by the time you move into your assignment

If you do not have one of the above legal documents, please provide three of the following: copy of engagement/commitment announcement in newspaper, wedding invitation, or receipt for wedding-related expense such as engagement ring, photography, catering, etc.

couples with children same as above plus birth certificate or visa for your child/children
single parents birth certificate or visa for all children living in on-campus family housing. If you are a single parent with two or more children, you are eligible for a two bedroom, but must show documentation for all children.
student with parent as legal dependent tax forms that prove your parent is a legal dependent