Approximately 400 graduate and undergraduate families reside in MIT Family Housing. Family Housing is provided in the Eastgate Apartments, a high-rise apartment building, and the Westgate Apartments, which consist of a high-rise building and several garden-style buildings. Both communities have an active student government that plans and facilitates social and cultural events for the entire family. Apartments range from efficiencies to 2-bedroom apartments and are all unfurnished.
Residence in student family housing is limited to regular undergraduate and graduate students who are registered and attending MIT and whose families reside together on a full-time basis, and to single parents with at least one child in residence. Except during the summer, students must be registered each term in order to reside in on-campus student housing. New graduate student assignments are either for one and a half or two years depending on the start date of the student's program, with a new license agreement signed each year. Married undergraduates or undergraduates with children may live in Family Housing during their eight semesters of guaranteed housing. Returning students who receive housing through the Continuing Allocation Process may remain in housing continuously until they graduate, as long as they are registered each term. They will also sign a new license agreement each year.
Eastgate and Westgate each have an MIT staff person in residence to provide active support to the community. Each building has a playground and Cambridge school buses stop at the buildings.
The rent for all family residences is charged on a monthly basis and the licenses are from the date of occupancy until August 15 each year. Family Housing's strict termination policies can be found on its website. All rents include heat, hot water, electricity, internet, and basic cable. Building amenities include low-cost laundry, playrooms, barbecues, and other common spaces.
Rents for the 2013–2014 academic year ranged from $1,234 to $1,826 per month, per apartment. Rates typically increase 3.5% per year. Details about each of the residences can be found at http://housing.mit.edu/graduatefamily/residences/.
Student family housing is managed by the MIT Graduate and Family Housing Office and is assigned through an allocation process. Students can enter the allocation for fall term housing between March and early May. Assignments are available in late May. A second allocation takes place in November for spring term housing. Apartments that become available outside the allocation process are made available through a waiting list that runs from July through May. Details of the allocation and waiting list are available at http://housing.mit.edu/graduatefamily/graduate_family_housing/.
The Graduate and Family Housing Office, located in W59-200, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-253-5148.