The nearly 7,000 graduate students at MIT are one of the most talented scholarly cohorts in the world. Their educational experiences on campus go beyond just research.
We are excited that you are considering becoming part of the community. Below, please find links to information about life, learning, and research at MIT. These materials were initially compiled for MIT Visit Days.
Additional, specific resources are also available for prospective students from diverse backgrounds and identities.
Medical, health & wellness benefits
Graduate student families
- Resources for graduate families, including the Grant for Graduate Students with Children and childbirth accommodation and parental leave information.
- Additional considerations and information
- Members of the MIT community also have access to ask.mit.edu
Just for international students
Professional & career development
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Clubs and organizations roster (Engage.MIT.edu)
- MIT Athletics
- Club sports and intramural sports
- MIT Hobby Shop
- Leadership programs
- Institute events calendar
Life at MIT & living in Cambridge/Boston
The Grad Blog is a great resource where graduate students share their stories about navigating their time at MIT, including some financial aspects:
- Eating and socializing on a budget in Cambridge
- What’s Your Grocery Strategy?
- Managing your finances when your spouse can’t work
- You got NSF, now what?
- Girls Just Want to Have Funding
- PhD and a Baby
- MIT Graduate Housing
- The Vicious Cycle of Boston Leases
- Beyond the Dorms
Grad Update newsletter
- Grad Update: Fall 2021
- Grad Update: Spring 2021
- Grad Update: Winter 2021
- Grad Update: Summer 2020
- Grad Update: Spring 2020
- Grad Student Update: Fall 2020
- Grad Student Update: Winter 2019
- Grad Student Update: Fall 2019
- Grad Student Update: Spring 2019
In the news
- 3% stipend increase for all graduate students (October 14, 2021)
- 3Q: Ian Waitz and Blanche Staton on MIT’s continuing commitment to graduate students (February 19, 2021)
- Letter from Vice Chancellor Waitz announcing the AY2020 Graduate Stipend Rates (May 13, 2019) Archived, see AY 2023 stipend rates
- Letter from Vice Chancellor Waitz announcing the new steps to enhance graduate life and learning (May 10, 2018) – Archived, see this section on Graduate Student Life + Learning from the OVC
- Childbirth and Parental Accommodation policy for graduate students (effective September 1, 2018)