About Us

Random Hall is MIT's smallest dormitory, providing housing for 93 residents. We're located just north of campus at 290 Massachusetts Avenue in the great city of Cambridge, MA. We're Building NW61 on the MIT campus map.

Random Hall was dedicated in 1968 on Leap Year's Day, and to this date is still the only undergraduate dorm on the northern side of the MIT campus. Our location near Central Square makes shopping and traveling through the entire Boston area extremely convenient. The MBTA Red Line is just a few blocks away, and Star Market, a supermarket open daily until midnight, is right behind us.

Random is divided into eight "floors," each taking up half of a physical floor of the dorm. Think two stacks of four donuts each--that'll give you the right mental picture. Each floor houses between 3 and 14 residents, has a complete kitchen with stove, microwave, dishwasher, and up to four refrigerators, and also has two private bathrooms and a lounge. Three of the floors are co-ed, two are all-female, and the other three are designated as all-male floors.

In the basement one can find a computer room, a workshop, a darkroom, a trunk room, Random's MITnet printer, a music practice room, an EE Lab, a weight room, a game area with a dartboard, ping pong, pool, and foosball tables, and the Alice in Wonderland Theater. Our three washers and four dryers, which residents can all use for free, are also located in the basement; their status can be checked online. The first floor features a large lounge where weekly study-breaks are held, as well as a 25-inch Sony stereo television. Our desk sorts mail, keeps out evil intruders, runs soda fridge, lends movies from our extensive collection, a sewing machine, provides vacuums to the dust-ridden, and if you ask nicely enough, will let you back into your room if you lock yourself out.  On our roof we have a wooden roofdeck with tables, chairs, and a grill, perfect for picnics, meteor-gazing, movie-watching with our dorm-owned projector, boffer-fighting, and even tooling. 

If you're coming to MIT in the fall, please check out our rush blog. If you have any questions about Random Hall, feel free to e-mail us.