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New to MIT

Hello and welcome to MIT’s graduate family community! We’re glad you’re here — you make our community even more vibrant and close-knit.

Here is a quick list of highlights offered for graduate student families:

More information on getting acclimated to the MIT campus and Cambridge/Boston community is below:

Timeline for admitted students

Upon acceptance of your offer


  • April 16 – April 24, 2024: Apply for on-campus housing
  • April 25 – April 30, 2024: Select on-campus housing unit


  • June 5, 12-1pm: Pre-orientation webinar for incoming grad students with children. Hosted by Program Administrator for Grad Students with Children, Sarah Galison. Registration link coming soon!


  • [Date TBD] Move into MIT housing
  • August 25-30:  Attend orientation
  • For students with children 5 and up: register for public schools and after school programs
  • If you are new to the area, establish your family with health care providers. See MIT Health to search providers in the MIT system.
  • For those with spouses and partners: check out MIT Spouses and Partners Connect


  • September 3: Attend the Grad Resource fair
  • September 7: Attend MIT families orientation event
  • Apply for the Grant for Graduate Students with Children (application will be open September 1-30)
  • Optional: Sign up to be matched with another student parent for lunch

Housing information

MIT offers two on-campus housing options for families with children as well as an off-campus housing office to facilitate your housing search. 

Housing for couples
& families with children

  • MIT – Site 4
  • MIT – Westgate housing
  • MIT affiliated residences – Grad Junction

Housing for couples

  • MIT – 70 Amherst
  • MIT – Edgerton House
  • MIT – Sydney-Pacific

Off-campus housing

MIT also provides resources to support those looking to live off-campus, including rental listings and reviews of lease documents.

Getting to know your city/town

Getting around town

Public safety

For the quickest response to on-campus emergencies, the MIT Police Department is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (617) 253-1212 or dialing 100 from any MIT phone. You may wish to save the number on your mobile phone.

If you live off-campus and are experiencing an emergency, dial 911.

This information is used by the Office of Graduate Education to inform you about family-oriented programming, engage with you about policies that impact graduate student parents, and, on an aggregate level, helps MIT better understand the graduate student family needs.