Waiting List Information

Get on the waiting list

The Graduate Housing Office offers a waiting list each term for graduate students, visitors, researchers, and post-docs interested in on-campus housing.

The basics

  • If you are a graduate student and you did not get a housing assignment or missed the allocation process, apply to the waiting list. 
  • Any vacancies remaining after the allocation will be assigned to students on the waiting list.
  • Check the Dates & Deadlines page to be sure that you know when to apply to the waiting list that corresponds to your housing needs.
  • Applications are considered in the order they are received—on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Priority is first given to fully registered graduate students, followed by undergraduates, then MIT affiliates.

Who is eligible

  • Current graduate students, post docs, and visiting researchers who do not have an assignment in on-campus graduate housing are eligible to apply to the graduate housing waiting list.
  • Students who need to transfer between single and family housing due to a change in family status during the academic year can apply to the waiting list.  Please contact MIT Housing immediately to discuss your situation.
  • Students/residents who already have on-campus housing will be removed from the waiting list unless they have a change in family status.
  • Allocation applicants who did not receive housing in the April allocation for fall housing or November allocation for spring housing will be offered the opportunity to apply to the waiting list before it opens to the general applicant pool.
  • The waiting list cannot be used to change assignments.
  • Residence officers must not use the waitling list as a mechanism for securing continuing status.

How to apply

  • MIT Fully Registered Graduate Students please join the Spring Allocation no later than 11:59pm on November 27 for Spring Housing.
  • Visitors please apply to the waiting list on July 1.
  • You must confirm your spot on the waiting list every two weeks. Your position on the waiting list will expire if it remains unconfirmed after two weeks. Instructions on confirming your waiting list space will be provided to you when you submit your Waiting List Application form. If you fail to submit this form, you will be removed from the list.
  • You will need MIT certificates on your computer in order to apply to the waiting list.
  • Please click here to go to the application page. (You may see some of the same information)
  • If you receive a validation error when applying please close the tab and/or refresh your browser and start over.

How offers are made

  • Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is first given to fully registered graduate students.
  • The Spring 2016 waiting list will open on Friday, July 1 at 9 AM.
  • Most offers for Spring 2016 housing will begin to be made in late December for graduate students, and mid-late January for affiliates.
  • Inquiries as to your place on the waiting list will be answered beginning August 30 .
  • When we reach your place in the line, we will offer you whichever of your preferences is available.
  • You must respond to the offer by the stated deadline (usually within four days) or it will automatically be withdrawn as “declined.”
  • The space will then be offered to the next applicant on the waiting list.
  • There is no financial penalty for declining an offer from the waiting list, but you will be removed from the list.

Accepting an offer

  • If you accept an assignment from the waiting list, it is a binding commitment. You will be expected to occupy the room regardless of whether you have signed your license agreement.
  • If you decide to cancel after accepting an offer from the waiting list, you must notify the Graduate Housing Office by email at and pay a $250 cancellation fee. 
  • If you cancel less than 30 days before your scheduled move-in date, you will also be responsible for rent starting from your scheduled move-in date until the end of the 30 days, or until someone else moves into your assigned unit, whichever happens first. 
  • It is your responsibility to notify us if you decide not to attend MIT—your  department will not inform us.

For visitors (post docs, cross-registered and special students, visiting researchers)

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