Who is Eligible for Housing

Are you eligible for graduate housing?


Fully-registered graduate students
Graduate students with families
Undergraduates with partners or families
Visitors, postdocs, 9th-term undergraduates
Who is not eligible for housing?

Fully-registered graduate students

All graduate students are eligible to apply for on-campus housing if they are fully registered for the period they will be living at MIT.

Graduate students with families

Fully-registered graduate students with families who will live with them on a full-time basis while they are at MIT are eligible for family housing. Family is defined by a partner or spouse, children, and legal dependents.  Family housing is not for extended family members (parents, siblings, etc), unless the family member is a legal dependent.  You must submit documentation proving your family status when confirming the assignment or when moving in. 

Family Apartment Eligibility

Size of Family

Efficiency  One-bedroom  Two-bedroom

Couple with no children

Yes

Yes

No

Couple with one child

No

Yes

Yes

Couple with 2-3 children

No

No

Yes

Single parent with one child

Yes

Yes

No

Single parent with 2 children

No

Yes

Yes

Single parent with 3-4 children

No

No

Yes

Expecting a baby? You or your spouse must be twelve-weeks pregnant to apply for a two-bedroom apartment.  If a space is available, assignment will occur no earlier than 2 months prior to the due date. 

Undergraduates in family housing

Contact the Housing Office as soon as possible to be considered for family housing if you are:

  • entering MIT as a married first-year student
  • an undergraduate who has continuously lived on-campus and will be getting married
  • an undergraduate with a child
  • MIT student whose parent(s) are legal dependents of the student

Married or engaged undergraduates who currently live off-campus must apply to the waiting list for Family Housing.

Undergraduates, visitors, and postdocs in single housing

  • If you are a 9th-term undergraduate or visiting student, professor, or postdoc, apply to the waiting list. Our first priority is housing graduate students, but if we have spaces remaining, you will be assigned to an on-campus residence.
  • Visitors are eligible to apply for single housing. Because the number of units available for family housing is limited, visitors are rarely assigned to Eastgate and Westgate.
  • If you are a visitor or post doc, please email your appointment letter to graduatehousing@mit.edu.

Who is not eligible for housing

  • Students on internship
    • Students participating in department-sponsored internships are not eligible for housing.
    • We will release you from your license agreement if you provide 30-days notice and a letter or email from your department verifying your situation and department-required intership.
  • Students with nonresident status
    • Nonresident status may be granted to doctoral students who have completed all requirements other than the thesis.
    • Students granted nonresident status by the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) are not eligible for housing. 
    • We will release you from your license agreement if we are notified by OGE of a change in your status from resident to nonresident and you provide 30 days notice. Early termination fees apply.