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Housing Info

In addition to the housing information posted on this page, please view additional campus updates and information by visiting the MIT NOW website.

You have questions, we have answers!  Inquiries about Spring 2021 housing may be emailed to the team at Housing & Residential Services. 

 

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Spring 2021 Housing Updates

MIT Undergraduate Community


Upcoming Dates & Deadlines
 

  • February 23, 2021 - Q-Week Extended Until at Least This Date (until 5:00 pm ET)
  • February 14-15, 2021 - Upper-level resident move-in.  
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 (12:00 pm ET) - Spring 2021 Housing Move-out Deadline

Housing Application & Processes 
 

The spring housing application closed on November 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. Students invited to live on campus during Spring 2021 who completed the Spring 2021 Housing Application within their MyHousing portal had until Monday, December 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET to amend any of their living and group preferences. In turn, Housing & Residential Services (HRS) used this information to assign students to a residence hall based on their top-ranked preferences. Building assignments were shared with students in December 2020.  

Fall 2021 housing eligibility will not be impacted by students' Spring 2021 housing decisions.  Please note, however, that students who previously lived off campus during Spring 2020 are not guaranteed on-campus housing after the Spring 2021 semester.  First-year students interested in living on campus will continue to be guaranteed on-campus housing for all four years.

As always, the Housing Application is not first-come, first-served, and there is no priority given to those who submit the form early.  Students who are not planning to live on campus next semester were not required to complete the Spring 2021 Housing Application Form.  Please note, however, that students who do not submit the form by November 16, 2020 were not guaranteed on-campus housing for the spring semester. Students who completed the Spring 2021 Housing Application whose housing plans changed were able to cancel by February 7, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET without penalty.

Students who were living in MIT on-campus housing as of March 1, 2020 and who continue to maintain their enrollment as registered MIT undergraduate students will be guaranteed future housing when MIT housing returns to normal operations and all residents are invited to return to campus for fall 2021. Consistent with existing policy, students who lived off campus prior to March 2020, or lived on campus in Spring 2020 and subsequently took a leave of absence, will not be guaranteed future housing.

With the exception of Burton Conner which will be closed for renewal, all other undergraduate residence halls were listed as options within the housing application.  We are excited to share the addition of New Vassar as a new undergraduate housing option starting in the spring! While HRS will make every effort to assign students to one of their top residence hall preferences, there is a possibility that a student may receive an assignment in any of the available residences based on space availability.  Building assignments were finalized in December 2020.

Building Group Selection

Students who would like to live in the same residence hall with specific classmates were able to form a group of up to eight students in the Spring 2021 Housing Application.  Each person in the group must enter the names of the other students in their application. Please note that group member selection only applies to residential community placement which is separate and distinct from the Residential Pod Program.  Room Assignment Chairs may also use group member information during the room assignment process in collaboration with the House Team.

Housing & Residential Services (HRS) worked collaboratively with Room Assignment Chairs (RACs) and House Teams in each house to develop a process for spring room assignments. After receiving living preference information from students, HRS shared details with RACs to facilitate individual room assignments for each residence hall in coordination with the House Team. Confirmed room assignments were shared with residents in January 2021.

The high volume of Spring 2021 Housing Applications confirmed that up to 37 percent of total returning undergraduates will be assigned to double room accommodations. Actual percentages will differ depending on the room configuration and density of each building.  Within the room assignment communication sent to students January 28, 2021, if a roommate name and email are not included, then the student has been assigned to a single room.  The Residential Pod Program in undergraduate residences will continue through the Spring 2021 semester. 

  • November 3, 2020 - Housing Application Opens for Eligible Students
  • November 16, 2020 - Housing Application Closes at 11:59pm
  • December 14, 2020 - Edits to Housing Application Preferences are Due. 
  • By the End of December 2020 - Building Placements Shared 
  • Monday, January 4, 2021 (12:00 pm ET)
    • Deadline to Cancel Spring 2021 Housing Assignment Without Penalty (this has been extended to Feb. 7)
    • Deadline to Sign Spring 2021 Housing License Agreement
    • Deadline to Submit Preferred Move-in Arrival Date (submitted as part of Housing License Agreement)
    • Housing Waitlist Offers Begin on a Rolling Basis
  • Friday, January 15, 2020 (12:00 pm ET) Deadline to Complete Non-Binding Student Departure Plan in MyHousing
  • By the End of January 2021 - Room Assignments Shared 
  • February 7, 2021 (11:59 pm ET) Penalty-free Cancellation Deadline (extended)
  • February 13, 2021 - First-year move-in.
  • February 14-15, 2021 - Upper-level resident move-in.  
  • February 23, 2021 - Q-Week Extended Until at Least This Date (until 5:00 pm)
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 (12:00 pm ET) - Spring 2021 Housing Move-out Deadline

Move-in will occur during Presidents’ Day weekend, including first-year students arriving on February 13, and returning students arriving February 14–15. Similar to the Fall 2020 move-in, students will preference arrival windows to avoid crowding.  Returning students will not be permitted to bring guests into the residence halls during move-in. First-year students will be permitted to bring up to one guest with them for move-in, and guests may stay in the residence halls for a maximum of two hours.  Please see the additional guidance below on this webpage for additional move-in details.    

All students are expected to arrive during their assigned arrival period unless alternate arrangements with HRS have already been made, or if there are circumstances beyond the student's control (i.e. travel delays).  Students who need to adjust their confirmed arrival time may email travelchange@mit.edu with their requested new time.  Please do not make travel arrangements until your move-in date is confirmed.

A Different Campus Experience

To protect the health and safety of the MIT community, updated COVID-19 student policies and community expectations have been established.  Several of these changes include required COVID-19 testing, physical distancing practices and the use of face coverings in residential common areas, as well as restrictions on campus activities and use of residential common spaces.  

As described within a FAQ published by the Institute, all students in a single accommodation will be charged the 2020-2021 double rate for the building where they live.  Students living in double accommodation will be charged the applicable triple rate.  Please note that upper-level residents assigned to a single apartment in Site 4 will be charged a Tier 1 single rate

The waiting list is for students who do not have a housing assignment due to missing the housing application deadline, change of circumstance or academic standing etc. Students who submit a waitlist application will be offered a housing assignment on a first-come, first-served basis depending on students’ housing preferences and housing availability.  Spring 2021 housing offers through the waitlist process are on a rolling basis. 

Pre-Arrival Information


In addition to signing your Housing License Agreement and completing the Personal Departure Plan through your MyHousing portal, please review and complete the following items prior to your arrival:  
 

  • Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing Kit & Campus Testing (if applicable): MIT Medical mailed a pre-departure testing kit to undergraduates currently in the United States who registered for a kit and who live outside of the Cambridge/Boston area. As described in a recent message, students are required to complete a brief virtual training this week prior to test submission.

    As a reminder, students who are currently living in the Boston/Cambridge area are eligible to visit campus to test at one of MIT Medical's testing facilities as described in Chancellor Barnhart's message.  Please note, however, that incoming campus residents will still be expected to follow all arrival protocols on their assigned move-in date which includes testing again immediately prior to moving into their residence hall. 
     
  • COVID Pass: You will receive an automated email several days before your arrival formally inviting you to access MIT’s COVID Pass system which was created to help the MIT community complete all health monitoring requirements to maintain access to campus buildings.  Once you receive the invitation email, you can access the system by downloading the MIT Atlas mobile phone application (iOS 13+ or Android 7+), or access the system online.  If you need help with accessing COVID Pass, please email covidapps-help@mit.edu
     
    • Once granted access to COVID Pass, please acknowledge and agree to the Student & Resident Campus Agreement.  The Student & Resident Campus Agreement outlines student policies and community expectations related to COVID-19.
       
    • Complete the online learning module for residents which outlines COVID-19 student policies and life on campus.  The learning module is linked through COVID Pass and is also accessible directly through the Atlas Learning Center.
       
    • MIT is asking all members of the community to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Form through COVID Vaccine in the MIT Atlas app to help determine vaccine eligibility groupings.  The COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Form is not required prior to your arrival. 

Please note that reading and agreeing to the Student & Resident Campus Agreement and completing the online learning module are required prior to checking into your residence.

  • Massachusetts Travel Reporting Requirement (if applicable):  Individuals over the age of 18 entering Massachusetts from any international location, or from a restricted state, are now required to complete the state-mandated Massachusetts Travel Form either immediately prior to arriving, or upon arrival, to Massachusetts.  To learn more about these requirements, please visit the Commonwealth's websiteMIT’s COVID-19 policies for students who arrive to live on campus satisfy the state-mandated testing and quarantine requirements.  If a guest is traveling with you to help with move-in, review bullet #2 under the “Potential Other Traveler Scenarios” section of the Commonwealth’s website for guidance.   
     
  • International Flight COVID-19 Federal Testing Requirement (if applicable): Effective January 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires any individual entering the U.S. to provide a negative COVID-19 test to board their flight to the U.S.  Learn more on the International Students Office website.  

If circumstances require the emergency closure of MIT’s campus, all of us need to be prepared. MIT is requesting that all undergraduate students living on campus this spring pack lightly.

General Move-in Details
 

You are expected to arrive during your assigned arrival period unless alternate arrangements with HRS have already been made, or if there are circumstances beyond your control (i.e. travel delays).  If your arrival date has changed, please email travelchange@mit.edu as soon as possible with the details. If you're running slightly earlier or later than your scheduled arrival time, please don't worry!

After-Hours Arrivals: If you arrive outside of MIT Medical’s testing hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm), please proceed directly to your residence hall and HRS will provide provisional access to on-campus housing and you will be expected to test as soon as the testing facility reopens the following day (no later than 12:00 pm). If you arrive to campus during after-hours and there is no front desk staff available at the residence, please contact "Unit 12" by dialing (617) 253-1500 to request building and room access. Please have your MIT ID card or ID number.  

IMPORTANT: You should not arrive on campus if you are sick, having symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19 within fourteen days of your scheduled arrival.  Please email travelchange@mit.edu to notify HRS staff that your plans have changed. 

 

  • Receive Your COVID-19 Test Upon Arrival to Campus. ALL students scheduled to arrive between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm during campus move-in weekend are required to go to Kresge (W16) for an initial health screening (updated!) immediately prior to testing at the Johnson Athletic Center (W34). First-Year students will also pick up their student ID and other helpful information at Kresge. The Division of Student Life will have an Information Center at Kresge on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15. Please make sure to have the COVID Pass app downloaded on your phone or have your MIT ID card or number available to receive your test. 

    If your pre-scheduled arrival is outside of MIT Medical’s testing hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm): First-year students can check-in with the Office of the First Year until 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 13. Otherwise, all students please proceed directly to your residence hall and HRS will provide provisional access to on-campus housing and you will be expected to test as soon as the testing facility reopens the following day (no later than 12:00 pm).  Please make sure to have the COVID Pass app downloaded on your phone or have your MIT ID card or number available to receive your test. 
     
  • Complete Daily Health Attestation: Once you have accessed COVID Pass and received your first COVID-19 test from an MIT Medical testing facility, please complete your daily health attestation (yes, each day!) through COVID Pass to maintain access to your residence and other campus buildings.  

If Arriving by Car: Free parking will be available during move-in weekend at the following locations: 

The Kresge Parking Lot will offer temporary parking for drop-off close to Kresge and the Johnson testing site.  Public parking spaces outside of Random Hall have been reserved during move-in weekend to allow for drop-off.  Site 4 residents have also been sent separate guidance about parking in the Hayward Garage. 

On-campus shuttles will be available according to their normal schedule and will offer pick-ups/drop-offs from the Chapel Turnaround which is close to both Kresge for check-in and the Johnson Athletic Center for testing. MIT Parking & Transportation has also collaborated to offer airport shuttles for students arriving during Spring 2021 move-in weekend.

  • First-Year Students: Airport shuttles will be available for first-year students on Saturday, February 13.  Additional information regarding first-year shuttles is available through the Office of the First Year.  The pickup locations for each terminal at the airport are listed below:  
     
    • Terminal A –  Door A105
    • Terminal B –  Door B107
    • Terminal C –  Door C110
    • Terminal E –  Door E107

Guests traveling with first-year students will be accommodated as space permits on shuttles, and longer wait times may apply to students with guests.  Airport shuttles arriving on campus will drop off students at Kresge Oval and students will check-in at Kresge before visiting the Johnson Athletic Center for COVID-19 testing. Staff will also be on-site to assist students with navigating on-campus shuttles departing from the Chapel Turnaround to get to their assigned residence hall. If your arrival is scheduled after February 13, please follow the airport shuttle guidance for upper-level students provided below.

  • Upper-level Students: Hourly airport shuttles will be available by reservation only from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.  To make a reservation, please email shuttles@mit.edu with your full name, arrival time, phone number, email and airline no later than Wednesday, February 10 at 11:59 pm ET.  Requests made after this deadline cannot be guaranteed.  The airport terminal pickup locations are as follows:
     
    • Terminal A –  Door A105
    • Terminal B –  Door B107
    • Terminal C –  Door C110
    • Terminal E –  Door E107

Students should not consider a reservation final until they receive a confirmation email from Parking & Transportation.  Shuttles will arrive at Logan Airport every hour (approximately), and will visit the terminals that students specified according to their airline.  During move-in weekend, students can call (617) 253-1440 to check the status of airport shuttles.

​Please note that space is limited, as there will be physically-distanced seating on all vehicles. 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 campus. Airport shuttles are for students only (not for guests or family members who are also not permitted to enter residence halls to assist upper-level students). Shuttles arriving on campus will drop-off at the Kresge Oval -- a short walk from your first stop, Kresge (W16), for check-in, followed by the Johnson Athletic Center testing facility.  

Upper-level students will not be permitted to bring guests into the residence halls during move-in. First-year students will be permitted to bring one guest with them for move-in, and guests may stay in the residence halls for a maximum of two hours while wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing from others. All guests who are helping with move-in are encouraged to review bullet #2 under the “Potential Other Traveler Scenarios” section of the Commonwealth’s website for guidance on the Commonwealth’s travel notification requirements.  All individuals traveling internationally to the United States are also reminded of the federal COVID-19 testing requirement to board a flight to the U.S. 

Further Guidance:

  • First-year students will be able to designate one (1) guest/family member upon arrival to assist with move-in. (Multiple family members may not alternate visits into the residence.)
     
  • All guests must be accompanied by the student at all times and comply with MIT policies and local requirements, including wearing face coverings at all times and remaining physically distanced from anyone other than their student. 
     
  • Guests may enter the residence with their student only upon their student’s check-in for the purpose of moving their student in; guests will not be permitted to come-and-go throughout the day (e.g., guests should not assist with move-in, then visit a store, and then returning to a student’s room).
     
  • Guests should limit their time in the residence (up to two hours) and minimize any interactions with others while in the residence. 
     
  • All restrooms within residences are closed to the public; guests will be directed to designated public restrooms in Kresge Auditorium (W16). 
     
  • Residence front desks will have simple sign-in and sign-out sheets for guests. 
     
  • On-campus testing will not be required or offered to guests. 
     
  • As noted above, guests are subject to all details of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order, and should review bullet #2 under the “Potential Other Traveler Scenarios” section of the Commonwealth’s website for guidance.

 

As highlighted within the COVID-19 student policies, IDs will be needed to access campus buildings and students are required to have their ID visible at all times when accessing campus spaces outside of their residence.  If your ID is lost or stolen, please contact the Atlas Service Center to request a replacement as soon as possible.  If you are a first-year student, your MIT ID card will be available for pickup upon your arrival and check-in. Please have your MIT ID visible at all times and available to receive your COVID-19 test.    

After you arrive on campus and receive your COVID-19 test from the MIT Medical testing facility, you will be expected to quarantine in your room for seven days as part of Q-WeekAll Spring 2021 residents will remain in quarantine through at least Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00 pm (see DSL website for additional information).   

That means you cannot have direct contact with anyone else besides your roommate (if applicable) and you must stay in your room except to use your assigned bathroom, receive a COVID-19 test, or to get packages or meals while wearing a face covering.  Please remember to bring items with you that you will need during Q-Week because movement outside of your room will be limited. 

During Q-Week, your bedroom door must remain closed. You can leave the building for about an hour to exercise each day, wearing your face covering the entire time. You must keep six feet apart from other people at all times, including people you know. Once a second negative test result returns after the seven-day quarantine, the quarantine period will end.  

Please know that support resources are available during Q-Week.  We encourage you to connect with the Area Director for your building who can help guide you through the available resources and provide additional information about Q-Week.    

Receive Second COVID-19 Test on Saturday, February 20:  ALL students who arrive during campus move-in weekend (February 13-15) will receive their second COVID-19 test at the Johnson Athletic Center (W34) testing facility on Saturday, February 20 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Q-Week Meal Options for Residents of Site 4

Undergraduate residents of Site 4 who are not enrolled in a meal plan may obtain groceries from a local store that will sustain them during Q-Week (through at least Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00 pm - please see DSL website).  Please see the ‘Helpful Resources’ section of the Site 4 Resident Guide for a listing of local grocery stores.  Residents are strongly encouraged to acquire groceries shortly after arriving on campus and to limit future departures from their room during the Q-Week period, leaving only for additional groceries if absolutely necessary. 

Please remember to wear a face covering, and follow all physical distancing and hand hygiene practices any time you leave your apartment. Students may also consider private food delivery services such as Instacart, Amazon Fresh, etc.

Students who are interested in enrolling in the Any 14 meal plan through MIT Dining may do so within their MyCard portal by Monday, February 8.  The subsidized cost for the Spring 2021 semester is $1,900, or about $8.50 per meal. The meal pickup location is Morss Hall (Walker Memorial, Building 50).  For additional information, including dining hours, please visit the MIT Dining website

MIT wants to ensure that no student is struggling with food security, and we have established several resources that can help you easily access food. If you are struggling at all with accessing food, please contact Student Support Services.  All students can also reach out to the Accessing Resources MIT (ARM) Coalition whose mission is to alleviate financial hardship by connecting students to campus resources.

All undergraduate houses will have in-residence meal service with the exception of East Campus, which will be served in ​Morss Hall (Building 50)​. All dining services will be primarily take-out. Residents of undergraduate residences who arrive Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 are welcome to enjoy boxed lunch 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and hot dinner 5:00 to 8:30 pm.  Starting Monday, February 15, and throughout the semester, meal service will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends.  Breakfast during Q-Week will be complimentary for all meal plan holders (including the Q-Week extension to February 23).  Additional information about spring semester dining, including specific dining times, is available on the MIT Dining website


Q-Week Meal Options for Residents of Site 4

Undergraduate residents of Site 4 who are not enrolled in a meal plan may obtain groceries from a local store that will sustain them during Q-Week (extended through at least Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00 pm - please see DSL website).  Please see the ‘Helpful Resources’ section of the Site 4 Resident Guide for a listing of local grocery stores.  Residents are strongly encouraged to acquire groceries shortly after arriving on campus and to limit future departures from their room during the Q-Week period, leaving only for additional groceries if absolutely necessary. 

Please remember to wear a face covering, and follow all physical distancing and hand hygiene practices any time you leave your apartment. Students may also consider private food delivery services such as Instacart, Amazon Fresh, etc.

Students who are interested in enrolling in the Any 14 meal plan through MIT Dining may do so within their MyCard portal by Monday, February 8.  The subsidized cost for the Spring 2021 semester is $1,900, or about $8.50 per meal. The meal pickup location is Morss Hall (Walker Memorial, Building 50).  For additional information, including dining hours, please visit the MIT Dining website

MIT wants to ensure that no student is struggling with food security, and we have established several resources that can help you easily access food. If you are struggling at all with accessing food, please contact Student Support Services.  All students can also reach out to the Accessing Resources MIT (ARM) Coalition whose mission is to alleviate financial hardship by connecting students to campus resources.

NOTE: Within the room assignment communication sent to students January 28, 2021, if a roommate name and email are not included, then the student has been assigned to a single room.

HRS has developed a helpful guide for students assigned to doubles to help with navigating our ‘new normal’ while in a shared living environment. We know that some students may feel uneasy about having a roommate, but please know that MIT’s COVID-19 student policies— including robust testing protocols, face coverings, daily health attestation requirements and support resources— have all been developed to protect your health and safety. 

  • Pods: Residents of double-occupancy rooms must be members of the same pod, and may add up to four additional podmates. If the residents of a double do not wish to form a pod with any additional students, they are still encouraged to register as a pod of two and complete the pod meeting and Pod Agreement, in the interest of facilitating a safe and comfortable living environment.  Learn more on the Residential Pod Program website

All students arriving to campus will undergo a brief health screening by MIT Medical upon their arrival.  Staff from MIT Medical will be at Kresge (W16) to conduct a brief screening such as checking students’ temperatures when they arrive. Please follow the signs for where to enter for the health screening. If the health screening suggests additional follow-up at MIT Medical is necessary, the student will be directed to MIT Medical for further testing.

Roommates who arrive outside of MIT Medical testing hours (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) will be temporarily assigned to a single space until testing is completed unless both roommates feel comfortable with opting out of this added precaution.

If you have concerns regarding your experience living in a double-occupancy room: Please know that your Room Assignment Chair (RAC), Undergraduate Residential Life, and Housing & Residential Services are all here to help. Due to the high number of students residing on campus for the Spring 2021 semester, and the need to keep to maintain below-normal density in the residences, we cannot guarantee adjustments to assignments within your current residence. Please email doubleroom@mit.edu with your questions or concerns.

Professional movers will be on-site in residences and at the Johnson Athletic Center during move-in weekend for students who are interested in assistance with their belongings.  If you previously stored with Piece by Piece Movers, your belongings will be delivered to your Spring 2021 room assignment in advance of your arrival to campus.  Additional details regarding retrieval of belongings is available on the HRS website.  


Housing-Related Messages


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