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: Any resident who is determined to be a close contact through MIT Medical’s contact tracing will need to quarantine where they live for at least 10 days, provided that all of the following are satisfied: 1) they have not had, and do not have, any symptoms and 2) they actively monitor themself (including taking their temperature at least once a day) for symptoms for an additional 4 days. If they develop symptoms during their quarantine they should contact their health care provider and be tested and get more specific guidance on quarantine actions. A close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of a positive individual for more than 15 cumulative minutes during a 24-hour period within 48 hours prior to the positive test.

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

Each isolation space includes a private kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. 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.


Bon Appetit will provide you with meals while you rest and recover. To place a meal order:

  • Check the daily Bon Appetit Menu
  • Email and put your house/room number in the subject line
  • In the email body, please include what you’d like for that meal (main entrée, sides, salads, beverages, desserts)

Please note that there is an order cutoff time for each meal period to allow the Endicott Delivery Team (EDT) to maintain the delivery window across all residential houses. For students NOT in Eastgate, if you miss the order cutoff time for a meal period, you can still order, but you MUST arrange for a friend or someone else to pick-up and deliver your meal. When your order is processed, a meal swipe is automatically deducted. Five extra meal swipes will be added to your ID to cover any additional meals ordered — you will not be charged for extra meals while you are in isolation or quarantine.


From February 13–May 27, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be delivered Monday–Friday, and brunch and dinner will be delivered on weekends. Brunch and dinner will be served on the following student holidays: March 8, March 22, and March 23.

Meal Order By Delivery Window*
Breakfast 8:00am 8:30–9:30am
Lunch 11:00am 11:30am–12:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm 5:30–6:30pm
Brunch (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays) 10:00am 10:00–11:00am

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

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.

The same team who are delivering meals to you each day is also available to pick up packages that are delivered to your residence hall front desk. 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 with your next meal.

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 emailing or call the Covid hotline at (617) 253-4865.

If you aren’t feeling well, you should reach out directly to MIT Medical to talk to them directly. You can call the Covid Hotline at (617) 253-4865 or email

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.

If you are an undergraduate student, please reach out to your dean in Student Support Services. If you are a graduate student, please reach out to Grad Support in the Office of Graduate Education. If you need assistance with this, your Covid Support Team member can happily connect you with someone.

Students who are in isolation or quarantine after being contacted by MIT Medical can register for a DAPER Wellness Kit. The Wellness Kit will be delivered to you shortly after your request and must be returned to the Zesiger Center after your Covid Pass is restored and you are cleared by MIT Medical. Please note that Wellness Kits are subject to availability. Each kit has five thera-bands and a single resistance band with handles. Additionally you may request a yoga block and yoga mat.

While in quarantine, should you become symptomatic or test positive, stop activity immediately and seek consultation with the Contact Tracing Team at MIT Medical.

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

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