Most undergraduates live on campus in one of MIT's 11 Institute houses or 37 MIT-affiliated fraternities, sororities, and living groups. All unmarried first-year students must live in one of the Institute's residence halls—except those who commute from home. Each dormitory has a live-in head of house, who is usually a senior faculty member. Students may elect to remain on campus following their freshman year, or move to a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group. The current number of undergraduates living on campus is 3,370.
In 2016–2017, approximately 1,900 students were affiliated with a fraternity, sorority, or independent living group (FSILG); approximately 1,100 of them chose to live in an FSILG community as an alternative to a traditional residence hall.
More than 1,900 single graduate students live in MIT's five campus houses—Ashdown House (NW35), Edgerton House (NW10), Sidney-Pacific (NW86), Tang Hall (W84), and the Warehouse (NW30). Two campus apartment complexes, Westgate (W85) and Eastgate (E55), accommodate over 400 graduate and undergraduate students with families. More than 90 graduate students live in undergraduate dorms as graduate resident tutors.