The division of student life has announced enhancements to some housing policies and procedures, which will benefit current and future MIT graduate students. First, there will be a graduate housing lottery (or “allocation”) during the summer. For valid reasons, some grad students miss the fall allocation’s May deadline and must wait for Housing’s waitlist process in July. Combined with a seasonal influx of housing agreement terminations in May and June, these factors suggested the creation of another opportunity to match available space with students who want fall housing. Students who enter the third allocation will receive confirmation of their housing assignment in mid-July, much earlier than the waitlist process. Second, the the 30-day advance notice requirement and lease termination fees will be eliminated for students who are taking a leave of absence approved by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education. We hope the change will remove a barrier for any grad student who is considering taking time away from MIT for personal, academic, or professional reasons.
This good news is the result of a partnership between the Graduate Student Council and the Division of Student Life’s housing staff. These enhancements will be implemented in the 2017-18 academic year. For more details please read this article on the DSL website. In the meantime, if you have any questions about these or other housing policies, please contact Jennifer Hapgood-White, associate director of housing assignments.