Ashdown House

Building NW35
235 Albany Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-2961

  • furnished coed residence for 541 single graduate students
  • opened in 2008

“We’re both the oldest and the newest graduate residence at MIT. We opened these doors in 2008, but as a community, we go back more than three-quarters of a century. And many of Ashdown’s traditions have become integral to other graduate residences on campus.”
Adam Berinsky and Deirdre Logan, Heads of House

Unit Type Approximate Size Monthly Rent # of Student Apartments Description
3-bedroom suite 650 sf $917/person (2016-2017) 150

Three occupants share an apartment with one bathroom. Each occupant has a private bedroom.

3-bedroom apt. 750 sf $1,046/person (2016-2017) 96

Three occupants share an apartment with one bathroom, a living room, and kitchen facilities. Each occupant has a private bedroom. One bedroom is on a separate level reached by stairs.

2-bedroom apt. 660 sf. $1,257/person (2016-2017) 90

Two occupants share an apartment with one bathroom, a living room, and kitchen facilities. Each occupant has a private bedroom

efficiency apt. 250 sf to 280 sf $1,412 (2016-2017) 205

Private apartment for one occupant with a bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Where is it?

  • located in the northwest section of campus
  • adjacent to Sidney-Pacific and across the street from the Warehouse
  • approximately 0.5 mile walk from MIT’s main entrance at 77 Massachusetts Avenue

Only at Ashdown

Ashdown House has hosted a Thursday night coffee hour for more than 40 years. The weekly event typically draws at least 100 graduate students.

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Room options

Ashdown House features a mix of apartment- and suite-style units for one, two, or three occupants. All units in Ashdown are furnished.

  • Many of the units are coed (both male and female occupants), but same-sex units are available upon request. There is no cost difference between coed and same-sex units of the same unit type.
  • Each occupant of a multi-occupant unit has a private bedroom.
  • Some units are accessible to persons with disabilities.


  • Each bedroom is furnished with an extra-long twin-sized captain’s bed and mattress (bed linens are not provided), nightstand with drawers, wardrobe, bookcase, desk (study lamps are not provided), and desk chair.
  • Units with living rooms are furnished with a love seat, two chairs, two end tables, and barstools.
  • Units with kitchen facilities are furnished with a refrigerator, stove, and microwave oven (kitchen utensils and supplies are not provided).

Ashdown amenities

Ashdown House is a series of connected buildings ranging from three to five stories tall surrounding two outdoor courtyard gardens with barbeque facilities. Parking spaces in the nearby Sidney-Pacific residence lot can be purchased through the MIT Parking and Transportation Office. Permits are issued on an annual basis and are subject to availability. Shared interior public spaces include:

  • four lounge areas
  • four kitchens
  • spaces for meetings, private parties, and large events
  • pub
  • television lounge
  • study lounges
  • shared computers and printers
  • music practice room with piano and music lounge with grand piano
  • pool table, foosball, and table tennis
  • two equipped exercise rooms
  • bicycle storage room
  • laundry facilities

Sustainable design features include:

  • LEED-Gold Certified
  • reclaimed rainwater for irrigation
  • heat recovery wheels on all air handling units
  • water-efficient shower heads, toilets, and appliances
  • use of natural lighting to reduce the need for electric lighting