Commonly Used Resources

The resources on this page have been updated for Fall 2020.

Food Resources


All undergraduate students living on campus must enroll in a 14-meal-per-week meal plan. This plan provides residents with the flexibility to access any 14 meals per week during their desired meal service times. Meals will be served using a hybrid service approach with an emphasis on take-out meals:

  • Breakfast & Lunch (W20-Lobdell): Use your meal swipes for breakfast and lunch at W20-Lobdell, Monday through Friday. In-house meal service is not available for these meals.
  • Dinner & Weekend Brunch (in-residence): Use your meal swipes for dinner and weekend brunch at your assigned residence hall. Meal service will be available within each of the residences.

Full details, including hours and safety guidelines, are available on the MIT Dining website.

Graduate students in need of food assistance may request meal swipes by emailing Naomi Carton.


TechMart reopens on Monday, September 7 in the Coffeehouse Lounge (W20, 3rd floor).

  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Credit cards, debit cards, TechCASH, and cash accepted

Grocery Shuttles

The Division of Student Life sponsors shuttles to transport MIT students to and from area grocery stores during the academic year:

  • Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market Shuttle: Wednesdays and Sundays from 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
  • Costco and Target Shuttle: Sundays from 11:00 AM – 3:05 PM.

For additional details, including route maps and schedules, visit the MIT Dining website.

Financial Resources

Undergraduate Emergency Support Fund

Undergraduate students who face unforeseen financial hardship can complete the Undergraduate Emergency Support Fund Request Form to request financial support. A team of dedicated staff will review your request and be in touch with you to discuss ways that MIT may be able to assist you financially.

Graduate Student Hardship Form

The Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund assists graduate students by providing financial support when they need help with unexpected and unavoidable emergency expenses. Please fill out the Graduate Student Hardship Form if you are experiencing financial hardship related to COVID‑19 and we will do our best to support you during this difficult time.

Technology Support

MIT is committed to helping students with resources to learn remotely. Students can request loaner equipment, including wifi hotspots, by filling out this form on the IS&T website.

If you have any other questions about access to loaner equipment, email ed‑ A staff member will reach out to you to discuss ways that MIT might be able to support you.

For more information about remote learning, visit these resources:

Housing Policies

Students who are currently living in on-campus housing have agreed to the Institute policies outlined in the links below.

Tips for Having Difficult Conversations with Supervisors

As MIT begins ramping up research operations, we anticipate there will be many difficult conversations around physically returning to campus in light of individual health risks, limited commuting options, and other challenges. You may also be faced with the challenge of raising concerns about colleagues not complying with the safety precautions that MIT has identified. The Ombuds Office has developed a brief tip sheet to help you engage in these conversations in a constructive way.

Disability Accommodations

MIT is committed to providing equitable access to its programs and services through the use of auxiliary aids and services for students with documented disabilities. Students interested in requesting accommodations should contact Disability and Access Services.

Leaves & Returns

There are many reasons why a student might want or need to take time away from MIT. These may include personal or medical issues interfering with academics; opportunities for professional experience, such as an internship; family or community commitments; or the desire to just take a break.