Housing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Simmons Hall, a large undergraduate dorm designed by Steven Holl

All MIT freshman undergraduate students (except a very small number who commute from Boston-area homes) are required to live in an MIT dormitory during their first year of study. Each MIT dormitory has its own history, traditions, and student culture. Both undergrad and grad dorms have a resident Housemaster, usually a member of the MIT faculty, living in a special apartment suite within the building. Some of the larger dorms have multiple Housemasters, each responsible for a subsection of the building, and consulting together on building-wide issues. Undergrad dorms are usually divided into suites or floors, and usually have a Graduate Resident Tutor (GRT), a grad student living among the undergrads who is supposed to help support student morale and group activities.[1]

McCormick Hall is a women-only dorm; all other dorms are coeducational. Eastgate and Westgate are designated for family housing, and all other dorms are reserved for single students. However, many resident Housemasters live with their families in special apartment suites located within singles-only dorms.

In addition, a significant proportion of MIT undergraduate upperclassmen live in Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs),[2] either on campus or nearby in Cambridge, Boston, or Brookline, Massachusetts.

Lastly, undergrads after their first year, and grad students may live in apartments and houses in the Greater Boston housing market at large.

Undergraduate dorms[edit]

  • Baker House
  • Bexley Hall (demolished in 2015)
  • Burton-Conner House
  • East Campus Alumni Memorial Housing
  • MacGregor House
  • Maseeh Hall (occupies building formerly designed as Ashdown House)
  • McCormick Hall
  • New House
  • Next House
  • Random Hall
  • Senior House (to be converted into graduate housing in 2017)[3]
  • Simmons Hall

Graduate dorms[edit]

  • Ashdown House
  • Eastgate Apartments
  • Edgerton House
  • Sidney-Pacific
  • Tang Residence Hall
  • The Warehouse
  • Westgate Apartments

Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups (FSILGs)[edit]

Dormitory Row[edit]

Much (but far from all) of MIT student housing is located west of Massachusetts Avenue, on Amherst Street/Alley causing the latter neighborhood to be known as "Dorm Row".[citation needed] In spite of this name, several MIT fraternities and a sorority are located among the dormitories. When proceeding westward on Amherst Street (which soon becomes Amherst Alley after a brief run with Danforth Street), one will encounter the following residences on one's left (athletic fields are on the right), in this order:

  • Maseeh Hall (building had been previously designated as Ashdown House)
  • McCormick Hall
  • Kappa Alpha Theta (sorority) (formerly Green Hall)
  • Baker House
  • Theta Delta Chi (fraternity)
  • Phi Beta Epsilon (fraternity)
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon (fraternity)
  • Pi Beta Phi (sorority)
  • Kappa Sigma (fraternity)
  • Burton-Conner House
  • The Number Six Club (Delta Psi) (fraternity)
  • MacGregor House
  • New House, including iHouse (International House for Global Leadership), German House, Spanish House, French House
  • Next House

At the far the end of Amherst Alley, one can see Tang Residence Hall on the far front left and Westgate on the close front right.


  1. ^ "RL Programs". Residential Life. MIT Division of Student Life. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  2. ^ "FSILG". Residential Life. MIT Division of Student Life. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  3. ^ https://thetech.com/2017/07/13/senior-house-grad-dorm

Coordinates: 42°21′33″N 71°05′36″W / 42.3591°N 71.0934°W / 42.3591; -71.0934