Campus Housing

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like it a lot. I've really gotten to know and get close to the people I live with.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some buildings are old and the facilities aren't completely updated but the dorms provided a social environment and a culture for their students.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love where I live

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm. It's one of the further ones from campus, but it's nice.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: MIT dorm life is crazy and fun and different than anywhere else. Every dorm is different, and every floor/entry/house within each dorm has its own culture as well. Housing process is pretty involved for freshmen - you get placed in a temporary room, then have the option of switching dorms, then have the option of doing a 'floor rush'.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 110th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 200th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 386th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 978th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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The dorms at MIT are as varied as the students, and each dorm has its own culture and reputation. Don’t go on stereotypes alone—it’s best to ask some current students for their opinions. However, MIT housing has changed since freshmen have been required to live on campus, so upperclassmen may not always be the most informed.

MIT is unique in that you get two chances to choose where you live. The summer before your freshman year, you pick your dorm, but you also get another chance to choose when during the "rush" period at the end of orientation. But be careful when you make your choices over the summer because your decision and dorm assignment could be permanent, at least for a while. After dorm rush, if you think you want to switch dorms, you can put yourself on a waiting list. If you think you want to switch into Baker, put yourself on the list right away because waiting periods for this dorm can be years. Before making your decision, put some thought into it. If you’re still not in your ideal place, don’t worry too much because moving is fairly easy. One thing to watch out for, though, is overcrowding. In the past years, Simmons, the newest undergraduate residence, alleviated most of the problems of overcrowding, but the percentage of undergraduates living on campus has increased greatly due to freshman housing requirements. Therefore, expect this problem to continue over the next few years.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
5,940
Average Housing Costs
$7,554
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
93%
Number of Dormitories
11
Best Dorms
None-everyone says their dorm is the best!
What You Get
  • Athena stations
  • Computer quick stations
  • Game rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lounges
  • Music rooms
  • Study areas
  • TV rooms
  • Weight rooms
Available for Rent
Nothing
Did You Know?
Dorms at MIT are run by a House Manager and two faculty Housemasters, usually a married couple. They live right in the dorm along with students offering advice, guiding students through their transitions, and planning fun social activities for residents.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Baker
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 318
Bathrooms: Single and multiple occupancy
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles, Triples, Quads (Singles for upperclassmen only)
Special Features: This wave-shaped building, which maximizes the number of rooms with sunny southern exposure and orients them at oblique angles to soften noise from Memorial Drive, is considered a masterpiece. Elevators, no smoking, no cats, no carpets.
Bexley
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 120
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Suite-style Doubles (For Freshmen: Doubles)
Special Features: Students are allowed to paint on the soundproof walls of their dorm rooms. Is also home to a Kitchen Chemistry course where students prepare and eat food while learning about the chemistry of cooking. Smoking in certain suites, cats allowed, no carpets.
Burton Connor House
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 344
Bathrooms: Multiple occupancy, coed bathrooms, shared with other suite residents
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Doubles, Triples, Suite-style (For Freshmen: Doubles, Triples)
Special Features: Speacial Features: Burton Conner House has laundry facilities, kitchens by suite or floor, and a weight room. Elevator, no smoking in common areas, no cats, rooms are carpeted.
East Campus
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 362
Bathrooms: Several coed bathrooms are shared by hall.
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Doubles (Freshmen: Singles, Doubles)
Special Features: The two buildings of East Campus are connected by an underground tunnel. Each of the 10 halls have their own graduate tutors, and all students share the dorm's own weight room. No carpets, two smoking halls, cats allowed.
MacGregor
Floors: 15
Number of Occupants: 326
Bathrooms: Shared by suite, coed or single-sex, depending on your suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles (For Freshmen: Singles, Doubles)
Special Features: MacGregor is set up as a group of "entries." Each entry consists of several suites. Also, MacGregor has it own convenience store. Elevator, carpets in rooms, no smoking, no cats.
McCormick Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 238
Bathrooms: Two communal bathrooms are shared by each floor
Coed: No, women only
Room Types: Singles, Doubles, Triples (For Freshmen: Doubles, Triples, Singles)
Special Features: McCormick is one of the dorms that does Residence Based Advising (RBA). In order to live in McCormick, you have to apply over the summer. Elevators, some rooms carpeted, no smoking, no cats.
New House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 291
Bathrooms: Coed, communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Doubles, Triples (For Freshmen: Doubles, Triples)
Special Features: There are several cultural groups (Chocolate City, French, and Spanish) that are all in New House. Also, being one of the newer dorms, New House has air conditioning. No carpeting, no smoking, no cats.
Next House
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 347
Bathrooms: Several coed bathrooms per floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Doubles, Triples (For Freshmen: Doubles, Triples)
Special Features: Next House is also one of the dorms that does RBA. That means you have to apply over the summer. Elevators, no carpeting, no smoking, no cats.
Random Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 93
Bathrooms: two private bathrooms per floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Doubles (For Freshmen: Doubles)
Special Features: Each floor is divided into two floor units, each with 3-14 students. Random Hall is the only undergraduate dorm located on the North side of campus. It is also the smallest, and has a computer to human ratio of 3:1. Carpeting, smoking allowed, cats allowed.
Senior House
Floors: Floor: 4
Number of Occupants: 146
Bathrooms: Coed, communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Doubles (For Freshmen: Doubles)
Special Features: The oldest dorm on campus, Senior House is located next to the president's house. Air conditioning, carpeting, smoking allowed in some halls and suites, cats allowed.
Simmons Hall
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 344
Bathrooms: Coed, communal by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, Doubles (For Freshmen: Singles, Doubles)
Special Features: MIT's newest undergraduate dorm that seems to have been modeled after a sponge. Elevator, no smoking, no cats.

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