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Residential Housing and Dining Policies

The housing and dining policies listed below pertain to all students residing in MIT Undergraduate, Graduate, and Family Housing unless designated as specifically pertaining to Undergraduate Housing (UG) or Graduate Housing (GH).

Air conditioners
Alterations & additions
Assignments (UG)
Bed bugs
Bicycles
Canceling housing (UG)
Check-out procedures
Commercial use
Common area furnishings
Dangerous objects/chemicals
Dining Policies
Discipline procedures
Eligibility for undergraduate housing
Fines (UG)
Fire safety
First-year student residency requirement (UG)
Gas cylinders
Graduate and Family Housing License Agreement (GH)
Guests
Health, safety & sanitation
Housing and Dining Agreement (UG)
Keys/key cards
Laundry
Linen
Lofts
Mail, parcels & express service
Motor vehicles & parking
Ninth term housing
Noise
Period of occupancy (UG)
Personal property
Pets
Propane
Pro-Rating Rent (UG)
Refrigerators
Return from approved program away (UG)
Return from off campus or FSILG Housing (UG)
Right of entry
Room furniture
Safe Ride
Sexual assault awareness
Smoking
Storage
Students with disabilities
Summer Housing (UG)
Telephone service
Temporary overflow housing
Transition to MIT graduate program in spring term (UG)
Unauthorized occupancy
Vacancies (UG)
Waterbeds
Weapons
Withdrawal (UG)

Air conditioners

Air conditioners (A/C) are permitted in most residence hall rooms in which windows are double hung and where the A/C can be safety and structurally supported. All air conditioner installations must first be approved and then inspected by the house manager or mechanic. Residents are required to submit a request to install an AC via the housing repair web site.

Alterations & additions

Before you make any alterations to the physical conditions of your residence hall, (painting, constructing lofts, etc.), you must obtain the approval of your house manager. Your house government develops its own guidelines for materials that may be displayed within the residence. In general, you are not permitted to:

  • alter or add to any part of the building structure or mechanical and electrical systems
  • place, affix, hang, or extend any materials on any exterior surface of an MIT residence, including rooftops.

Exception: During undergraduate orientation (the period between August 15 and undergraduate registration day), you are permitted to safely affix banners to your residence with the approval and assistance of the Housing Office. All banners must be safely removed on or before undergraduate registration day.

Assignments (UG)

Assignments or reassignments to a House, changes from one House to another, or changes from an Institute House to an off-campus address are made and approved by the Housing Office. Responsibility for making room assignments and changes in room assignments within an Institute House is normally delegated to the student government of that House in consultation with the faculty member in residence and the House Manager. The House Manager must be notified of all assignments or reassignments within that House before they are made. No assignment is final until approved by Housing.

The Housing Office reserves the right to move students at its discretion in order to consolidate or fill vacancies [especially if crowding exists], to meet the demands upon facilities, to reconcile personal problems, to resolve conflicts and discipline issues, or for similar reasons. The Housing Office also reserves the right to make specific assignments in cases which it deems special or extraordinary, such as those involving medical or personal problems, etc. In such cases, guaranteeing the students’ right of privacy and confidentiality may require direct assignments overriding House lotteries. Please also see the section in this document regarding spaces designated for students with disabilities.

Bed bugs

If you suspect you have bedbugs, immediately report your concern to your house manager, and read our Housing Office Bedbug Protocol.

Bicycles

You are not allowed to block or obstruct halls, stairways, handicap ramps, or other access ways with your bicycle. Check with your house manager to find out about bicycle storage facilities within your residence.

Canceling housing (UG)

A student who has renewed his/her housing for the following academic year and who wishes to cancel that assignment must notify the Housing Office by filling out the online cancellation form at: https://odysseyhms-web.mit.edu/hmswebstudent/.This form must be filled out by June 15 for cancellation of fall term housing, and December 1 for spring term housing. Cancellations received after the stated deadline may be subject to a Cancellation Fee of $250.

A cancellation fee may be charged for cancellations after the deadlines stated above in addition to any rent charges that have accrued. Rent for the semester will be prorated to the day that the student turns in their keys and checks out of their assignment. If you cancel your housing assignment, or withdraw from MIT, you must move out of your residence hall/house.

Check-out procedures

Before vacating your room or apartment, you must

  • clean it and return it to the condition it was delivered to you on the day you moved in (this includes replacing furnishings you removed at any time during the year)
  • have your room or apartment inspected by the appropriate residence staff, if you are concerned about damage charges
  • lock the door and return all keys to the front desk

If you fail to complete any of these check-out procedures, you will be fined and charged rent up to the day when you turn in all keys to the front desk.

Commercial use

You are prohibited by law from conducting a business operation or other commercial activity from within any MIT residence. You also are prohibited from using an MIT mailbox, telephone, or Internet service for commercial purposes.

Common area furnishings

You are prohibited from taking furniture assigned to a residence lounge or apartment common area for personal use. You are not permitted to physically remove furniture from a residence or apartment. Residents will be responsible for any damage or loss caused to common areas, including furnishings, vending machines, and other equipment placed in the MIT Housing for use of residents. Students will be billed directly for such damage.  Residents shall indemnify and hold MIT harmless from all property damage or loss caused by the deliberate acts, carelessness, negligence or other improper conduct of the residents or their guests.

Dangerous objects/chemicals

You are prohibited from possessing, manufacturing, storing, using, and detonating hazardous materials and objects in any MIT residence. Hazardous materials and objects include but are not limited to

  • hazardous chemicals, biohazardous material, radioactive substances, and lasers (Class 3b or Class 4)
  • firecrackers, other explosives, ammunition, and missiles of any kind (fire crackers are considered to be Class C explosives in Massachusetts and require a state license to possess or handle)
  • charcoal lighter-fluid, gasoline, and all other flammables and accelerants
  • gasoline engines and all flammable-liquid and flammable-gas powered vehicles, devices, and containers
  • gas grills, hibachis, and charcoal grills

Contact the Environment, Health, & Safety (EHS) New opens in<br />
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Dining

Dining options and meal plans are available to all students including those who live in on-campus housing.  Students living in Baker House, Maseeh Hall, McCormick Hall, Next House, and Simmons Hall are required to enroll in one of the  meal plans designated specifically for their residence and class year eligibility. All students who enroll in a mandatory or voluntary meal plan are subject to the House Dining Meal Plan Contract terms and conditions.

Information on Dining can be found here: http://dining.mit.edu/
 

Discipline procedures for MIT residences

You have several options for resolving internal discipline cases within your residence:

  • informal resolution among the residents
  • resolution with the assistance of the graduate resident tutor (GRT), housemasters, house government, and/or house manager
  • filing charges against another resident before the House Judicial Board or DormCon

Refer to Student Conflict Resolution and Discipline at MIT to learn about additional options for resolving discipline cases.

Eligibility for Undergraduate Housing

Only registered MIT undergraduate students and transfer students are eligible for Institute House residence. Spouses, children or other relatives are not eligible for housing in residences designated for single undergraduates. During the academic year, students who are not registered at MIT are not eligible for housing in the residence halls.

A student’s eligibility for residence in approved Institute Houses terminates at the close of his or her eighth semester registered at MIT (excluding summer terms), or upon graduation or termination of student status at MIT, whichever comes first. Terms at another institution for which a college transfer is granted MIT credit are counted toward those eight terms.

Terms on Junior Year Away, Domestic Year Away, and Co-op are also counted toward those eight terms, as are any other terms during which a student is registered at MIT.

Fines (UG)

Students who agree to live in Institute Housing are required to submit a MIT Housing and Dining Agreement, the signing of which indicates that the student has read, and agrees to abide by, “Residential Housing and Dining Policies”. Those students who fail to comply with the policies stated in this document are subject to the following fine[s]:

  • Missed Cancellation Form deadline (after June 15 for fall term; after December 1 for spring term): $250. 

  • Failure by Upperclassman to take up a confirmed room assignment by 4pm on Registration Day: $500 and loss of assignment unless otherwise arranged in conjuction with the Housing Office.
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Unauthorized Early Return: $595.
  • Unauthorized Late Stay: $595.

  • Cancellation of assignment after the start of the academic term: $250 plus payment of pro-rated rental charge.
  • Failure to submit renewal Housing Agreement or Cancellation Form during Renew/Cancel Period: $250.
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Late Summer Housing Cancellation Deadline: $250.

Fire and life safety

You are prohibited by Massachusetts law and MIT regulations from committing fire and safety violations, including but not limited to:

  • setting a fire, making a bomb threat, issuing a false alarm, failing or refusing to evacuate during a fire alarm
  • tampering with firefighting equipment, fire-alarm systems, fire protection sprinklers, or smoke detectors
  • using flammable decorations, including natural evergreens, in any room, corridor, stairwell, lounge, dining hall, lobby, or other public area
  • using non-flammable decorations without the approval of your house manager
  • using a fireplace in a manner that does not comply with MIT guidelines
  • placing objects in any exit or on fire escapes
  • entering or occupying the roof of any residence except in areas designed for and approved by MIT for assembly use

You may be subject to severe disciplinary action if you violate any Massachusetts statutory or MIT fire safety regulation or policy. Refer to Dormitory Fire Safety Information and Fire Safety Inspection Policy for Residence Halls for more information on MIT fire safety regulations.

First-year residency requirement

First-year students are required to live in one of the twelve on-campus Institute Houses. The Housing Office may grant an exemption from this policy to a first year student in special circumstances upon submission of a petition. Exemptions are considered for freshmen who wish to commute from their family’s home, or who are married.  Petitions for freshmen requesting to live off campus will be reviewed by a Senior Associate Dean for Student Life and a Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Gas cylinders

You are prohibited from receiving, possessing, storing, or using any gas cylinder (including, but not limited to, liquid nitrogen, helium, nitrous oxide) in any MIT residence. If you attempt to purchase these materials without prior approval from the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS), your order will be cancelled and the cylinders confiscated. You may also be subject to disciplinary action as stated in the MIT Policies and Procedures.

Exception: In rare cases, you may be permitted to possess and/or use a gas cylinder(s) with the approval and guidance of the Department of Student Life EHS coordinator and the Housing Office.

Graduate and Family Housing License Agreement (GH)

All students/MIT affiliates who are currently or newly assigned to a MIT graduate or family residence hall are required to electronically sign a Graduate Housing License Agreement. The Graduate Housing License Agreement serves as an agreement that the student has read the “Residential Housing and Dining Policies” for students, and the policies defined in the Agreement and agrees to abide by all stipulations, and is liable for the rent for the stated period while he or she is a resident.

Guests

A guest is someone (MIT or non-MIT affiliated) who does not live in your residence hall.  You are permitted to have guests in your residence, including the common areas of the residence hall, under the following conditions:

  • When you host guests, for an event or overnight, you are responsible for their conduct and any damage they might cause.
  • You may not have overnight guests for more than three nights in any given week. Some halls may have an overnight guest policy which may be more restrictive.  It is the resident's obligation to check with the House Team (Housemasters or House Manager) to determine if specific policies exist and to abide by all applicable policies.
  • You must obtain, in advance, the permission of all students of the room/suite in which the overnight guest is visiting or staying. Consideration should be given to the rights and reasonable expectations of your roommate(s) at all times.
  • Sleeping overnight in the public common areas of a residence (e.g., lounges) is prohibited.

Health, safety & sanitation

Obstructions, fire hazards, and unsanitary conditions can affect the comfort and safety of all residents. You are expected to maintain your living areas, including kitchens and bathrooms, in a safe and sanitary condition.

If these standards are not maintained, your house manager may choose to have the area cleaned as needed to maintain safe and sanitary conditions. The cost of cleaning will be billed to the appropriate residents. If unsanitary conditions continue, your house manager may close the affected area.

You are prohibited by the City of Cambridge Health Code from cooking (using heating elements, such as microwaves, toaster ovens, hot plates, coffee machines) in your room except in those areas specifically designated as kitchens. City of Cambridge inspectors are authorized to close a residence if flagrant and/or continual violations occur.

Housing and Dining Agreement (UG)

All students who are currently or newly assigned to a MIT on-campus residence hall are required to electronically sign a MIT Housing and Dining Agreement. The MIT Housing and Dining Agreement serves as an agreement that the student has read the “Residential Housing and Dining Policies” for students, agrees to abide by its stipulations, and is liable for the rent for both the Fall and Spring semesters while s/he is a resident. An assignment is not valid until the student completes the confirmation form and receives in return a copy by email. It is the student’s responsibility to see that this entire process is completed.

In the Spring semester, eligible students will be asked to renew their housing assignment for the following year by signing a new Housing and Dining Agreement or cancel their on-campus housing by completing a Housing Cancellation Form. A student for whom no Agreement or Cancellation Form is received by the given deadline will automatically lose his or her housing assignment for the following academic year and will be fined $100.

Keys/key cards

You are prohibited from duplicating room, apartment, or house keys, or possessing a master key. You may be subject to severe disciplinary action for unauthorized use of keys.

If you lose your key(s), you will be charged for the replacement key(s) and changing of lock(s) by the house manager. You must return all keys to your house manager upon checkout.

Keys will only be issued to the student assigned to a specific room. MIT staff are not permitted to issue a key to a friend, family member, or designee.

Student MIT Cards are used to access MIT residences. If you lose your Student MIT Card, report the loss immediately to your house manager.

Laundry

Coin-operated washers and dryers are located in each MIT residence.

Linen

You must provide your own bedding, towels, and soap.

Lofts

Lofts are prohibited in most residence halls. If you wish to construct a loft, you must submit construction plans to your house manager for review and approval of structural adequacy and compliance with the following requirements:

  • To ensure that sleeping residents are visible in a building fire search, your loft may not be attached to building components or be enclosed with drapes, curtains, or doors.
  • The structure of your loft must have smooth surfaces with no protruding nails, bolts, or angled forms.
  • As required by electrical code, no electrical wiring or lighting fixtures may be attached to your loft structure.
  • You are prohibited from shielding or blocking sprinklers.
  • “Coffins” are prohibited.
  • Lofts are prohibited in Simmons Hall.

Completed lofts are subject to final inspection and approval by the house manager. House managers may consult with the Environmental Health and Safety Office to confirm regulations covering location, height, and size.

Mail, parcel post & express service

Every room and suite in an MIT residence has a separate locked mailbox, which is typically located near the house manager’s office. If you intend to mail or packages to a student in an MIT residence, please list the name and street address of the residence and the room or suite number of the student.

MIT takes reasonable precautions to safeguard over-sized packages delivered to students at their residence halls but shall not accept responsibility for lost, stolen, or misdelivered parcels to the extent permissible by law.

Motor vehicles & parking

On-street parking in Cambridge is very limited and subject to emergency bans. Parking violations are strictly enforced with fines and towing.

Because there is a limited amount of parking on the MIT campus, permits are not guaranteed. You should not bring an automobile to MIT until you have secured a parking permit. If you plan to drive or park any motor vehicle on MIT property, be sure to take note of the following conditions and requirements.

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  • If you fail to register your vehicle, you will be subject to a fine or towing at your expense.
  • All vehicles are subject to MIT motor vehicle regulations.
  • You must have an MIT parking permit for any vehicle on MIT property.
  • Permits are allocated through lotteries held by each residence in the fall.
  • Except in very rare instances, you are not eligible for a parking permit if you are a first year undergraduate student (exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis).
  • You may participate in your residence lottery if you are a transfer or upper-class student living on campus.
  • If you live off campus, you may be eligible for a commuter parking permit  to the MIT Westgate Lot (apply for this permit beginning in early September).

Ninth-term housing

Students requesting a 9th term of housing must apply at https://odysseyhms-web.mit.edu/hmswebstudent. All requests for housing past a student’s 8th registered term will be reviewed and decision made by the MIT Housing Office.

Noise

The Division of Student Life (DSL) allows each living group to determine any enforced quiet hours. However, you have the right to object to noise (especially noise caused by loud music) that prohibits you from studying or sleeping or that is audible well beyond the individual’s room.

If you are causing disruptive noise and ignore any reasonable request or complaint to address it, you may be subject to disciplinary action by the residence and/or the Division of Student Life.

Period of occupancy (UG)

Returning residents may begin occupancy of their rooms on the Saturday prior to the fall term Registration Day. Residents participating in Orientation week activities may return earlier only in accordance with the specific procedures of, and approval from, the Housing Office.

Occupancy ends at 12 noon on the day following the last day of the scheduled spring term final examination period for all students except those graduating.  Graduating students may continue in residence without charge until noon on the day after Commencement. Students desiring to occupy rooms later than these dates may do so only by making prior arrangements with the Housing Office and additional costs may be incurred.

Fall term occupancy ends on January 15th. Students leaving school or leaving the Institute House system must vacate their rooms by this date. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Housing Office.

Personal property

MIT assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to your personal property or the personal property of your guests. This includes, but is not limited to, loss by fire, theft, unexplained disappearance, spoilage, water, or malfunction of electrical or mechanical systems. We recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your personal property if the homeowner’s insurance carried by your parent/guardian does not cover your property.

Unless you have obtained written authorization from MIT Housing, MIT may remove, dispose of, or destroy, and will not be responsible for, any personal property not removed from MIT housing within 48 hours after the termination of your graduate License Agreement or Housing and Dining Agreement, including, without limitation, early termination due to withdrawal, expulsion, or violation of MIT policies.

Pets

You are prohibited from keeping a pet in any undergraduate or graduate residence unless specifically notified otherwise. The term “pet” includes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. You are permitted to keep fish unless specifically notified otherwise.

If you are an upper-class student in one of the following residences, you may be eligible to participate in a program that allows a very limited number of cats to be kept in certain residences. Find out more about the program New opens in<br />
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  • Bexley
  • East Campus
  • Random
  • Senior House

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Propane

You are prohibited from using propane cooking equipment on MIT property. In rare cases, the Division of Student Life (DSL) environmental, health, and safety coordinator, in conjunction with the Cambridge Fire Department may grant permission to use propane cooking equipment. Typically, permission is granted only if the propane equipment is operated by a professional caterer under the supervision of a licensed plumber and in the presence of an authorized representative from the Cambridge Fire Department.

To obtain permission, you must submit a detailed proposal to the DSL describing the proposed use and all safety precautions. You should allow at least two weeks for the processing of your request.

Pro-rating rent (UG)

If a student leaves an undergraduate residence hall or is assigned to the system after the beginning of the term, rent will be pro-rated. Stays of more than two weeks will be prorated over fifteen weeks of occupancy consistent with the Cancellation Policy. For example, a stay of three weeks would result in a charge of one-fifth of the term rate, and so on.

No refunds will be made for students who leave during or after the last week of classes or who are removed from housing for disciplinary reasons. For purposes of prorating, occupancy is considered to begin when a student moves in, or in the case of residence continuous with a previous term, the day following the last day of occupancy for the previous term.

Refrigerators

You are permitted to keep a refrigerator in your room and in some lounges. You must keep your refrigerator in sanitary condition at all times, including during vacation periods. The type and placement of your refrigerator is subject to inspection and approval by your house manager for safety and sanitation. You are responsible for the cost of any damage caused by your refrigerator.

Refrigerators that use sodium dioxide or ammonia as a refrigerant are prohibited.

Return from approved program away (UG)

Students wishing to return to Institute housing after an approved program away may notify the Housing Office before leaving on such a program. Return housing into the residence hall system is guaranteed to students who are returning from an approved program away who lived on campus the term prior to leaving for their program.

Return from off campus or FSILG Housing (UG)

Return to the MIT Undergraduate residence halls is not guaranteed for students who leave the Undergraduate Housing System to pursue other off campus living opportunities including those who ask for return to housing within their 8 semesters of eligibility. Students who wish to reside again in MIT housing must complete a Housing Request Form, and then will be added to a waiting list for housing. Waiting lists are satisfied in the order of application date.

Right of entry

MIT recognizes that entry into your private living space is a serious matter, and we endeavor to respect your privacy to the greatest extent possible. Because our residences and apartments are MIT property, however, authorized MIT personnel have the legal right to enter your room or apartment at any time when imminent danger to life, safety, health, or property is reasonably suspected as determined by the MIT Police, the Division of Student Life, your house manager, or their authorized representative.

MIT also reserves the right, with advance notice whenever reasonably possible, to enter your room or apartment to

  • inspect the condition
  • conduct an inventory
  • show prospective residents
  • inspect for fire and health hazards
  • enforce MIT rules and regulations
  • make repairs, installations, additions, or alterations to the space or building
  • remove placards, signs, fixtures, alterations, or additions that violate MIT standards

Room furniture

All rooms in MIT residences—with the exception of rooms in graduate residences Eastgate, Westgate, and Edgerton—are furnished with

  • bed and mattress (twin extra-long 39 inches wide x 80 inches long)
  • dresser and/or wardrobe
  • desk, chair, bookshelves (lamps are not provided)

You are responsible for the furniture supplied in your room. If you wish to remove furniture from your room, you must obtain permission from your house manager and make arrangements to store or transfer the furniture within your residence (not permitted in some residences). You must return all stored furniture to your room before you vacate, even if you are returning in the fall. If you fail to do so, you may be charged for the replacement cost of missing furniture.

Safe ride

Safe Ride New opens in<br />
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Safe Ride follows a set route and schedule between the main MIT Cambridge campus and all graduate and undergraduate residences in Cambridge and Boston. The fleet of vehicles includes four vans, two of which are wheelchair accessible. Safe Ride drivers are full-time service assistants employed by the MIT Police. Drivers have direct radio contact with MIT Police at all times.

Sexual assault awareness

MIT actively promotes the importance of sexual assault awareness. Information and programs about personal safety, acquaintance rape, and sexual assault are presented during student orientation to promote sexual assault awareness.

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Smoking

You are prohibited from smoking in all areas of MIT residences, including all student bedrooms, hallways, and lounges unless stated otherwise. Violators are subject to disciplinary action.

Smoking is permitted in some rooms of some residences provided that all students in the room are smokers and have completed smoking agreement forms. Ask your house manager to find out if smoking is permitted in any of the rooms in your residence.

Storage

Limited storage space may be available in some residences, but MIT assumes no liability for your personal property. You must remove all of your personal property from storage space when your occupancy is terminated. Any property you leave behind is subject to sale at auction during the academic term following the termination of your occupancy.

Students with disabilities

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If you do not need accessible housing but are assigned to an accessible room, the Housing Office reserves the right to relocate you during your occupancy if the space is needed for a student with a disability. We will do our best to arrange for a quick and convenient transfer. The rent for your new room will be charged from the effective date of the transfer.

Summer Housing (UG)

Summer Housing is available to current full-time MIT undergraduates, recently graduated seniors (eligible to stay only until June 30),  and Wellesley undergraduates on a space available basis and is not guaranteed. Undergraduate MIT students who are not eligible for registration in the Fall are not eligible for summer housing in the residence halls. Students who, during the summer, become ineligible for Fall registration must move out of their summer assignment upon notification of their change of status.

Eligible students may apply for the entire summer session. There will be no other prorating of partial stays.

  • Summer Housing begins immediately after the last day of finals and is continuous through fall Registration Day for students who have a previous spring term assignment and are returning to housing in the fall (approximately 15 weeks).
  • Students who do not have a previous spring term assignment will move in on the designated move in day in May or June, and must move out by the designated move out date in August.

The fine for late cancellation of summer housing is $250 if cancellation is received prior to the beginning of the summer housing period.  After the start of summer housing, no refunds will be administered.
 

Telephone service

All students should bring a cellular telephone with them when they move to campus.
Individual bedroom telephones are not available in MIT residence halls. Hallway telephones are available for emergencies and for local calling.

Temporary overflow housing

At times, it has been necessary to designate some rooms as temporary overflow housing. This means that we have to assign more students to these rooms than they were originally designed to accommodate. This usually affects first-year students in some of the larger rooms. 


  • The rent for residents living in rooms with overflow is reduced accordingly, and some students actually elect to stay in these temporary spaces to cut expenses.

  • When vacancies do open up, students in temporary spaces are given priority over students in non-overflow spaces. (Vacancies are always filled in accordance with the room assignment policies of each individual residence.)
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If one student in a room with overflow elects to move to a permanent space, the rent for the students remaining reverts to the full rate.

  • Residents may be required to move to permanent spaces if vacancies exist in their residence.

 

Transition to MIT graduate program in spring term (UG)

Undergraduate students who receive their degree at the end of the fall term, and who are continuing as graduate students at MIT for the spring term may remain in undergraduate housing for the spring term with permission from the Housing Office. Students must be within their 8 terms of housing eligibility to qualify. A student who has been disqualified or withdrawn and who is petitioning this decision should notify the Housing Office at once.

Unauthorized occupancy

You are prohibited from occupying a room or apartment at MIT unless you have an assignment from the Housing Office. If you have a housing assignment, you are prohibited from trading places with another person, or assigning to another, regardless of whether the other person lives on or off campus. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action and/or have their housing assignment cancelled.

  • If you are an undergraduate student, you are prohibited from subletting, transferring, assigning or sharing your room.
  • If you are a graduate student, you are permitted to sublicense your accommodations during the summer or during IAP. Learn more at the graduate housing Sublicense Center.

Vacancies (UG)

As a general rule, students may not occupy doubles as singles, triples as doubles, and so forth. If extra spaces are available, students may occupy rooms at the Institute’s discretion with the understanding that new residents may be assigned to the room at any time. Attempts to dissuade prospective roommates from moving in are not acceptable and may result in lost privileges, suspension from the House, additional rent charges or fines, or other disciplinary action.

Waterbeds

You are not permitted to install a waterbed in any MIT residence or apartment building.

Weapons

The following weapons are prohibited on all MIT property, including residences.

  • hunting knives, switchblades, swords, and other dangerous blades
  • firearms, air rifles, air pistols, and ammunition

If you wish to bring firearms onto MIT property, you are required by law to obtain permission from the chief of the MIT Police. All firearms must be licensed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Violators will be subject to a one-year mandatory jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000.

Contact the MIT Police for more information about firearms regulations at MIT.

Withdrawal (UG)

Students withdraw from MIT for several reasons.  Most withdrawals are processed by Student Support Services (i.e., Voluntary Withdrawals, Medical Withdrawals) or are voted on by the Committee on Academic Performance (i.e., Required Withdrawals).

  • Students who have been withdrawn and are not registered are required to vacate their on-campus housing assignment within 7 days of the official withdrawal date.

  • Housing is not guaranteed to students who are returning to MIT from withdrawal.  However, every effort is made to give preference to returning students who have left for reasons beyond their control.  

  • As soon as students have made the decision to seek readmission, they are encouraged to apply for return housing by submitting the Housing Request Form.

  • Once the Housing Request Form is submitted, students will be placed on a waiting list for the semester in which they are planning to return.  If space is available, students will be assigned to housing in August if returning for the fall term, and in January if returning for the spring term.  These assignments will be available just prior Registration Day.  
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Students who are not assigned due to space constraints will remain on the waiting list until an assignment can be offered.

  • The Housing Office coordinates with Student Support Services to determine the priority and necessity of housing for all students returning from withdrawal. 

  • Students requesting to return to a specific hall or room should work directly with the Housing Office to understand the process and possibility of being assigned back to a particular building or area of the building.