List of Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate dormitories

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This article is about grad-student dormitory life and culture at MIT. For an architectural focus, see Campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

All of MIT graduate student housing is co-educational and set up for single graduate students, except for Eastgate and Westgate, which are set up for small families. All apartments are furnished, except those in Edgerton House, Eastgate, and Westgate.

As of 2012, MIT grad students may choose to join a 10-meal or 19-meal per week meal plan, or may choose to make all their own arrangements for food. The MIT meal plans are available at any one of the 5 undergrad dorms which are equipped with dining halls, as detailed in the article List of Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduate dormitories.

Ashdown House[edit]

Ashdown House, building NW35

Ashdown House (235 Albany Street) is a graduate dormitory for 483 single students, and is named for Avery Allen Ashdown, the first housemaster. The dorm is currently located in a building constructed in 2008 after having moved occupants and the name from an older building (W1) located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Memorial Drive.[1] (New) Ashdown is the location of the popular Thirsty Ear Pub,[2] as well as Ashdown Dining.

In 2006, MIT announced plans to relocate Ashdown House by building another new graduate dormitory (Building NW35) southeast of the then-new Sidney-Pacific grad dormitory. The newer dorm, which carries over the name "Ashdown House," was opened in August 2008. The new Ashdown was designed with the first graduate student dining hall and dining plan at MIT; the previous Ashdown House, originally named Graduate House, had a la carte dining service through the early 1970s.

As of June 2011, the previous Ashdown House building became a new undergraduate dormitory named Maseeh Hall, after renovations involving the removal of kitchens and the addition of a mandatory-participation dining hall, enabling MIT to increase its undergraduate capacity.[3][4] In the meantime, the undergraduate enrollment was increased slightly before the renovations were completed; part of the new Ashdown House graduate dormitory was used to house up to 50 undergraduates as well as their housemasters temporarily, to establish a dorm government and community before renovations of the old building were finished. Opening of Maseeh Hall occurred in September 2011.

Notable former Ashdown residents include Murray Gell-Mann who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969 and Elias James Corey who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1990.

Eastgate Apartments[edit]

Eastgate Apartments

The Eastgate Apartments (60 Wadsworth Street) is a 29-story residence tower for 201 mostly-graduate students plus their families, on the far east side of MIT's campus. There are three types of apartment units: one-bedroom center, one-bedroom corner, and two-bedroom.[5]


Edgerton House (NW10)[edit]

Edgerton House

Edgerton House (143 Albany Street) is a mainly-graduate residence located on the north side of the MIT campus, and is named for "Doc" Harold Eugene Edgerton. It houses approximately 185 students in unfurnished studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments. Starting in 2007, some apartments in Edgerton are co-ed.


Green Hall[edit]

Green Hall

Green Hall (350 Memorial Drive) was a small women-only graduate dormitory located on Dorm Row, close to the former Ashdown House (W1). It closed along with W1 in Summer 2008, and was reopened in Fall 2008 to exclusively house members of the Zeta Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.[6]


Sidney-Pacific[edit]

Sidney-Pacific

Sidney-Pacific (70 Pacific Street) is a graduate dormitory for 688 single students, located at the intersection of Sidney Street and Pacific Street (hence the name). It is sometimes referred to as "S-P" or "SidPac" (the former primarily in writing, the latter primarily in speaking). The dormitory holds 749 students and four housemasters, making it the largest dormitory at MIT. The dorm has two music rooms, an exercise room, many TV lounges, and laundry facilities. Completed in August 2002, it is currently one of the newer graduate dorms at MIT.

The exterior of the main entrance is adorned with an artwork called Blue Poles by Sarah Sze.[7]


Tang Residence Hall[edit]

Tang Residence Hall

The Tang Residence Hall (550 Memorial Drive) is a 24-story dormitory tower for 404 single grad students, located on the far west side of the MIT campus. It should not be confused with the Tang Center for Management Education (E51), an academic building which is located on the far east side of campus.

The Warehouse[edit]

The Warehouse

The Warehouse (224 Albany Street) is a nickname for a 120-student graduate dormitory that was originally an operational 4-story warehouse. It offers furnished, air-conditioned efficiency apartment units primarily to first-year graduate students. From its opening as a graduate residence in 2001 until 2010, its Housemaster was Dean Steve Lerman, the Dean of Graduate Education (DGE) at MIT.

Westgate Apartments[edit]

The Westgate tower
Low-rise Westgate buildings on Vassar Street

The Westgate Apartments (540 Memorial Drive, highrise; 11-15 Audrey Street and 282-292 Vassar Street addresses, lowrise) [Latitude - Longitude: 42.354994,-71.10315] are mainly-graduate-student residences located on the far west side of the MIT campus. The current Westgate buildings were built in 1963, to house 210 married students who have spouses and possibly children living with them. Westgate consists of a 16-story highrise apartment tower (W85) and four nearby 3-story lowrise buildings designated with suffixes A/B/C, D/E, F/G, and H/J/K. The tower is served by elevators, while the lowrise apartments are accessible only by stairways.

The complex was designed by Hugh Stubbins Associates in 1960-61, while the landscape design was done by Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1965-66.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fujimori, Jessica. "Today in Maseeh Hall: Ashdown, New and Old, Part 1". DSL News. MIT Division of Student Life. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  2. ^ "(Homepage)". The Thirsty Ear (website). MIT. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  3. ^ Cunniff, Margaret (September 10, 2010). "W1 to reopen as Maseeh Hall next fall". The Tech. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  4. ^ "MIT alumnus gives $24M to expand the Institute’s undergraduate student body: Fariborz Maseeh cites pressing need for MIT graduates.". MIT News. MIT News Office. September 8, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  5. ^ http://housing.mit.edu/node/5240
  6. ^ "Introduction". Kappa Alpha Theta. MIT. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Collections: Sarah Sze". MIT List Visual Arts Center. MIT List Visual Arts Center. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  8. ^ MIT Library Collection of Architectural Drawings MIT Library Page

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