For MIT students, off-campus housing means not living in a dorm or FSILG (Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups). Although FSILGs aren’t exactly on-campus housing, they are affiliated with MIT, and most of the houses are in Boston. Only a small percentage of MIT students live in what is considered true off-campus housing, but a good percentage of students—mostly men—live in FSILGs. They provide a relatively inexpensive and well-located alternative to on-campus housing. For more information, check out the Greek Life section.
True off-campus housing means living in an apartment or house that is not affiliated with MIT, and the bottom line is don’t do it. Not only is rent expensive, but actually finding an apartment is a hassle. Off-campus housing also means you will be farther away from your classes and almost all your friends. Do yourself a favor: Save the “I want my own apartment” phase until after graduation.