Advanced Study Program
Find housing near MIT
MIT Professional Education - Advanced Study Program fellows are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing and other living costs. The MIT Housing Office can help locate housing.
Rent is frequently the largest single living expense. A two-bedroom apartment in Cambridge rents for $1,600 to $2,000 or more per month. Typical monthly living expenses for MIT graduate students run $1,900 to $3,000 ($7,000 to $12,000) per semester. Expenses may be higher depending on living arrangements, lifestyle, and number of family members.
MIT housing resources
The MIT Housing Office provides information on off-campus rental housing. Fellows will find information on neighborhoods, realtors, MIT-owned apartments, roommates, and private rental listings in nearby communities. Fellows are eligible to live in MIT graduate residences through the Graduate Housing Waiting List, though space is limited. Information about on-campus housing options for ASP students (called “Special Students” by MIT Student Life) can be found here. Telephone 617-253-1493 to contact the MIT Off-Campus Housing Service.
MIT family resources
Lifesites, hosted by MIT's Center for Work, Family & Personal Life, provides quick access to the hundreds of services, activities, programs, and groups that support personal, family, and community life at MIT. They advise on childcare and local school options. The International Students Office can help foreign students and families find resources.
MIT is located in the City of Cambridge, which provides information for new residents online. The Real Estate section of Boston.com provides current listings of apartments and houses for rent and sale.
If possible, before you arrive for your studies, you should come to campus to check out housing options. If you can’t do this, then consider using “Google maps (street view)” to check out the location of your house and neighborhood. That way you can get a good sense of the condition of the houses and local businesses around the place you’re considering to live.
Craigslist.org is a good resource for finding rentals. In the spring and summer, because of student turnover in Boston, rentals move quickly; so check back frequently for new listings.
There are also several websites and services set up to specifically address the large transient academic population in the Cambridge/Boston area. They cater to those looking for rentals (furnished and unfurnished) for a semester or one year. These include SabbaticalHomes, Academic Homes and Harvard University Housing sabbatical listings.