Self-Selection is a process that allows eligible MIT community members (e.g., students, postdocs, visiting scholars, etc.) to select on-campus graduate housing. During the housing selection period, prospective residents will enter the housing portal to view available housing units and to select their desired unit. Once selected by a Self-Selection participant, a housing unit will no longer be available to other individuals participating in the process. This enables students to select their exact unit within their preferred building and to confirm their housing assignment in one, easy-to-navigate process.
Curious about how self-selection works? Please continue reading for helpful instructions that will guide you from start to finish.
Step 1: Explore Your Housing Options
As a starting point, please take a moment to review all of your on-campus housing options, which can vary according to your family size.
Step 2: Log Into the Housing Portal
Once you’ve explored your housing options, log into the Housing Portal using your MIT credentials by clicking the “Login with Touchstone” button (MIT graduate students only). If you are a visiting student, postdoc, or other affiliate, please follow the instructions on the login page to create an account before signing in.
Step 3: Navigate to the Self-Selection Application
Once you’ve accessed the portal, please navigate to the “Forms” tab. Depending on your affiliation with MIT, you will select either:
- Graduate Self-Selection Application (for enrolled MIT graduate students); or
- Visitor Self-Selection Application (for all visitors, postdocs and other affiliates)
Step 4: Complete the Self-Selection Application
Within the Self-Selection Application, you will be asked a series of questions, including whether you will be selecting single or family housing, as well as your roommate preferences and other initial pieces of information. You may revisit this section of the Self-Selection application if you need to edit your preferences, or to upload Proof of Family or other documentation.
Visual Instructions for Steps 1-4 can be found below (this is general guidance and may slightly vary based on the time of year you are selecting):
Step 5: Select an Available On-Campus Housing Assignment
After you have completed the application questions, you may continue to the room selection portion of the application (only available during self-selection days between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET). Here, you will be able to view all available on-campus graduate housing units and select your preferred unit. Please be aware that any rooms that you add to your cart will be removed after 10 minutes of inactivity.
Step 6: Sign Your Housing License Agreement
Once you have selected a housing assignment, you will be prompted to sign a Housing License Agreement (what’s this?). Please read through the Agreement carefully as it contains the terms and conditions of living in MIT Graduate Housing, as well as the rights and responsibilities of residents and the Institute. Please familiarize yourself with MIT’s Cancellation and Termination policies should you later decide not to live within your selected housing assignment. After signing the Agreement, you will be prompted to fill in an expected arrival date.
Once you select an available housing assignment and submit your signed Housing License Agreement through the Housing Portal, you will receive an auto-response email acknowledging the successful submission of the Housing License Agreement. You will then receive a follow-up confirmation email from Housing & Residential Services (HRS) within approximately 5-7 business days containing your building, apartment number, monthly rent, confirmed move-in date, and roommate information (if applicable). Please note that all HRS communications are sent to your @mit.edu email address.
As described within your Housing License Agreement, you are responsible for rent from the occupancy date listed on the confirmation email for the apartment, whether you move in on that date or not. If you need to adjust your confirmed move-in date, please contact staff from HRS.
Visual Instructions for Steps 5-6 can be found below (this is general guidance and may slightly vary based on the time of year you are selecting):