Information and Resources for Residents Who Are in Isolation or Quarantine

MIT is committed to providing students with the support they need while they are in isolation or quarantine due to Covid-19. The information below should help answer any immediate questions you have. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please email the Covid Support Team at and someone will get back to you as soon as possible — we are here to help you through this!

Isolation and Quarantine

Positive Individuals: All residents who test positive for Covid-19 must isolate in their room or apartment, or in some instances, an isolation space within their residences or another residence. Asymptomatic positive individuals need to isolate for a minimum of 10 days. Symptomatic positive individuals need to isolate for at least 10 days and show an improvement in symptoms AND be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Close Contacts: We no longer require vaccinated individuals who become close contacts of a positive individual to quarantine for 10 days. This may change based on the percentage of vaccinated people and measures of how the virus is spreading in different communities.

Read more: Isolation, quarantine, and re-testing (MIT Medical)

You will be provided with a pillow, blanket, sheets, and towels, but you can bring whatever makes you feel most comfortable. You should also bring:

  • Enough clothing for 10 days
  • Soap, shampoo, and other toiletries
  • Medications (including Epipens/inhalers)
  • Necessary medical devices (e.g. CPAP machine)
  • Laptop and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Any school work you need to do
  • Small recreational or hobby materials

Unfortunately, no. In order to protect public health and our community, you need to remain where you are isolating or quarantining until you are cleared by MIT Medical. Your MIT ID card access will be turned off for 10 days or until MIT Medical clears you. If you are asked to leave your room by MIT Medical to go to an appointment, you should email your House Team and copy so that you can regain entry back into your residence hall after your appointment.

Students who violate this policy by not remaining in their isolation space (or any other undergraduate or graduate Covid policies) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.


Students unable to attend class in person are encouraged to follow MIT’s standard process, with undergraduates contacting Student Support Services (S3) and graduate students contacting GradSupport. These offices will work with students and instructors to develop solutions similar to those in place before the pandemic to respond to student absences. There are a number of different ways faculty may assist, including these suggestions from the Teaching + Learning Lab. Students should not, however, expect instructors to simultaneously provide in-person and remote instruction.


If you live in a residence hall, Bon Appetit and Restaurant Associates will provide you with meals while you rest and recover. Your Covid Support Team member will connect you directly with MIT dining. If you have any questions after that, please reach out to MIT Dining directly at

Meals will be delivered during the following times*:

Meal Delivery Window*
Lunch 11:30am–1:00pm
Dinner 5:30–7:00pm
Brunch (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays) 10:30–12:00pm

*Delivery windows may be impacted by weather and staff shortages.

If you live in an efficiency or 1-bedroom apartment you should order groceries from a service like Amazon Fresh, Instacart, or Daily Table. We can help have your groceries delivered from the front desk to your door. If you're moved to an isolation space, Bon Appetit and Restaurant Associates will provide you with meals. Your Covid Support Team member will connect you directly with MIT dining. If you have any questions after that, please reach out to MIT Dining directly at

Please reach out to and let them know you haven’t received your meal.


Please notify your House Operations Manager that you have trash that needs to be picked up. Trash should go outside your door in the morning to be picked up by 9:00 am. Please do not put trash out at night.

Deliveries are available twice a day. If you have a package that you would like picked up for you at the front desk, please email to request that they deliver your package. For the first delivery time, you must notify the Endicott Runners by 10am that you have a package to be delivered and the package has to be at the front desk or pickup location no later than 11:30am. For the second and final delivery of the day, they must be notified by 3:00pm and the package must be at the front desk or pickup location by 4:30pm.

Tip: It is helpful if you reach out to the front desk and let them know that you authorize someone from this team to pick up a package and bring it to your door.

Laundry service is available to students in isolation or quarantine on campus. Each student may request this service once, if needed. We ask that you only access this service if you are in need of clean clothes to get you through your isolation or quarantine. The laundry service provider is on campus Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (excluding holidays). All laundry must sit in the laundry bag for 24 hours before the vendor will take it for cleaning. Items sent out for cleaning on Friday will be returned on Monday. However, if you bag your laundry on Friday, it will not get picked up until Monday and will be returned on Wednesday. Please reach out to your Housing Operations Manager to coordinate laundry service.


If you have any medical questions, you should reach out to MIT Medical directly by calling (617) 253-4481 or emailing

If you aren’t feeling well, you should reach out directly to MIT Medical to talk to them directly. You can speak with MIT Medical by calling (617) 253-4481 or emailing

The Endicott Runners will be able to pick up and drop off any prescriptions for you. Please reach out to or let your Covid Support Team member know.

Read more: Managing prescriptions during Covid-19 (MIT Medical)

Additional Resources

Please reach out to the Dean on Call at night for any after-hours needs. Call (617) 253-1212 to reach the MIT Police, then ask to speak to the Dean on Call without disclosing anything. The service is available Monday through Friday, 5PM – 9AM, and all weekend on Saturday and Sunday and on MIT-observed holidays.

MIT’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services works directly with students to understand and solve problems. Call 617-253-2916 to speak with someone or visit their website for more information.

Please reach out to your Covid Support Team member from Student Support and Wellbeing. They can be reached via email at