At the undergraduate level, MIT is a residential university. Of the total undergraduate student body of 4,100, about 3,000 single men and women live in the 11 residence halls on campus, and about 1,100 single men and women take advantage of living in MIT-approved fraternities, sororities, and independent living group residences (FSILGs). Transfer students may be able to obtain housing on a space-available basis after the Freshman Housing Lottery.
The residential system provides an environment conducive to personal development and academic achievement. The achievement of both goals relies greatly on individual initiative and responsibility, as well as on effective student governance in the residences. Students work with the professional staff in the offices of Residential Life and Dining to support and create conditions that enhance student learning and personal development.
Faculty families chosen for their understanding of and interest in students live in each of the Institute residence halls as housemasters. They are not charged with formal academic or operational responsibilities; instead, they welcome informal associations with their residents. Area directors reside in most of our undergraduate residences as a support person for the students. They are charged with programmatic responsibilities and are on call for any concerns in the evenings and weekends. In all of the Institute residence halls, graduate resident tutors support the faculty residents in providing personal assistance to undergraduates.
With the exception of the all-female McCormick Hall, Institute residence halls have coeducational living facilities. Most of the coed residence halls also have single-gender living areas. Although first-year students are not guaranteed an assignment to a particular residence hall or single-gender area, every effort is made to assign students to one of their top choices.
Student governing groups establish and administer many residence hall regulations and maintain acceptable standards of community behavior. Residential student governments also organize social, athletic, and intellectual programs for residence hall members. In each Institute residence hall, a tax determined by the residents is collected by MIT and made available to the residence hall government to help support such activities. Individual fraternity, sorority, and independent living group chapters have similar charges to support their extracurricular programs.
The Institute believes that it is to the great advantage of all new students to reside on campus—that is, to live in a residence hall. First-year undergraduates particularly gain from associations with upperclass students and participation in residence programs. Therefore, all unmarried first-year undergraduates who cannot commute daily from their own homes or those of close relatives in the greater Boston area are required to live on campus. Exceptions to this requirement are made through a petition process reviewed by MIT Housing and the Office of the Dean for Student Life.
Institute Houses (Undergraduate)
New House—Ballard, including New House 2, New House 3, New House 4, New House 5, Chocolate City, French House, German House, i-House, and Spanish House
Rooms in the Institute houses are engaged for the full academic year. For 2013–2014 the rents for the houses ranged from $3,146 to $4,511 per term. Rates typically increase 3.5% per year.
A student who cancels a room assignment after the deadline of June 15 will be charged a cancellation fee. A student who withdraws from MIT during a regular term will receive a refund based on proration of the term rental over 15 weeks of occupancy.
Undergraduates affiliated with a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group have the option of residing in their FSILG facility after their freshman year. These houses are located in the cities of Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline, and are conveniently accessed by public or MIT transportation. Many FSILGs have their own meal plan, some that are cook-for-yourself and others with chefs that cook for the entire group. In addition, members share responsibility for chapter house duties and work closely with alumni and the FSILG office on the general maintenance and upkeep of the chapter facility. Room and board at FSILGs varies per term and is determined by each FSILG. Each FSILG hosts a live-in graduate residence advisor who serves as a mentor and support person for the group members in residence. With the exception of Kappa Alpha Theta and Pi Beta Phi, MIT Housing does not own or operate the FSILG chapter facilities. These houses are independently owned and operated by the individual house corporations for each FSILG.
Additional information on undergraduate housing and application procedures is contained in The Guide to Residences. This booklet will be available online about four months before registration day of the term for which he or she has been admitted to MIT. Additional information may be found by contacting the Housing Office, Room W59-200, 617-253-2811. Information about fraternities or sororities also may be obtained from the FSILG Office, Room W20-549, 617-253-7546 or at http://studentlife.mit.edu/fsilg/.