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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and not very convenient, unless you live in an off-campus sorority or fraternity. In the summer, I looked for an apartment off-campus, but the dorms MIT kept open for summer living were just more convenient.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few off-campus communities. I have not lived in them, but the people who do are very tight-knit communities and almost always satisfied with their housing.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus has many pros in terms of being closer to cheaper restaurants and places to shop, but many students stay on campus.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's lots of places to live in Cambridge or Boston if you want to move off campus after Freshman year. MIT does not impose any restrictions on living off campus so it is an option that many students take. With Greek life a big part of the MIT social scene, many affiliated people move into their respective sorority and fraternity houses while other students move into apartments.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: If you count fraternities, almost half of us live off campus. Extra freedom is nice.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for a September rental is in mid to late July. The best time to look for a January rental is late November or early December. The best time to look for a summer rental is April or early May.
Popular Areas
Anywhere that is reasonably priced since there is very little in terms of off-campus housing
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,400
  • 2 BR: $1,750
  • 3 BR: $2,200
  • Studio: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 35% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 41% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 16% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 46% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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