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Family Housing

Family housing at MIT

The basics

  • MIT has created two residences dedicated to family housing, Eastgate and Westgate, which house 411 students and their immediate families.
  • Supply is limited. Not everyone who applies for family housing will receive an assignment because demand is greater than supply.
  • You don’t need to submit proof of family to apply, but residents of family housing must submit proof of family when confirming the assignment or when moving in.
  • Family housing is available only to MIT students who live with their families full time and meet all eligibility guidelines. 
  • If your family lives elsewhere but comes to visit for a few weeks or months of the year, you are not eligible for family housing. 
  • Your spouse or family must move in with you at your MIT residence within two weeks of the start of school.
  • Students who live in family housing but whose circumstances do not meet the eligibility requirements will be given 30 days notice to vacate.
  • You or your spouse must be twelve-weeks pregnant to apply for a two-bedroom apartment.
  • If your family status changes, inform the Housing Office immediately. If you are still eligible for campus housing and a unit is available, you may be able to transfer to single housing.

You are eligible for family housing if you are

  • a fully registered graduate student with a spouse, partner, or family living with you on a full-time basis
  • an undergraduate who is married or has dependent children
  • expecting a baby—you or your spouse must be twelve-weeks pregnant to apply for a two-bedroom apartment.

You lose your eligibility for family housing if

  • your family status changes
  • there is a change in the number of immediate family members residing in the apartment
  • you take an extended trip, leaving your family in the apartment
  • your family member takes an extended trip, leaving you alone in the apartment

When you and your partner are MIT students

  • If you and your spouse or partner are MIT students, both of you can apply for graduate housing. 
  • If it turns out that each of you is offered housing, one of you will have to turn down the assignment and pay the $250 cancellation penalty. Many students consider this a small price to pay for doubling their chances of getting a family housing assignment.

Types of family housing

Two residences are designed for family living:

All apartments in family housing are unfurnished. Each apartment does have a stove, refrigerator, and draperies.

Apartment types

Efficiency: An efficiency or studio apartment is just one room without a separate bedroom. Efficiencies are located in Westgate only. You are allowed to rent an efficiency if you fit one of these categories:

  • Couple without children
  • Same-sex siblings who are both MIT graduate students
  • Single parent with one child
  • Single student with a parent who is a legal dependent

One Bedroom: You are allowed to live in a one-bedroom apartment if you fit one of these categories:

  • Couple without children
  • Couple with one child
  • Single parent with one or two children
  • Single student with a parent who is a legal dependent

Two Bedroom: You are allowed to rent a two-bedroom apartment in an MIT graduate residence if you fit one of these categories: 

  • Couple with one or more children
  • Single parent with two or more children
  • Parent expecting a baby—you or your spouse must be twelve-weeks pregnant to apply for a two-bedroom apartment.

How to provide “proof of family”

When you have been assigned to family housing at MIT, you must submit “proof of family” before you move in. Your assignment will specify when and how to provide this documentation. Documentation must be in English or have a notarized English translation and include both names.

  • Couples

Provide one of the following legal documents: marriage license, certificate of civil union, passport that indicates the name of the spouse, census report of household member, book of the family, previous lease together, or joint bank account at least one year old by the time you move into your assigned apartment.

If you do not have one of the above legal documents please provide three of the following:  copy of engagement/commitment announcement in newspaper, wedding invitation, or receipt for any wedding related expense such as engagement ring, photography, catering, etc.

  • Single parents

Provide a birth certificate or passport for all children living in on-campus family housing. If you are a single parent with two or more children, you are eligible for a two bedroom, but must show documentation for all children.

  • Couples with children

Provide documentation (as described above) proving that you are a couple as well as a birth certificate or passport for your child/children

  • Same-sex siblings who are both registered MIT students

Provide a birth certificate and driver’s license or passport for each student

  • Student with a parent who is his or her legal dependent

Provide tax forms that prove that your parent is your legal dependent