Everything you need to know as you join the MIT family

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  • Housing at MIT

    "Where will my student live?" is one of the most common questions we hear from families. MIT’s housing system is unique compared to other colleges. Students choose where they live, and each living group is a community with its own distinct cultures and traditions. We have 10 residence halls to choose from; some are pristine and clean, others are full of murals and cats. Housing is guaranteed for all four years of undergrad, and many students stay within the same community for their entire time at MIT. Our Guide to Residences goes into detail about all the different options, but if you want a more student-produced view of life in each residence hall, check out some of the i3 videos.

  • Student health insurance

    The MIT Student Medical Plan, included with tuition, provides students with access to most services at MIT Medical at no additional charge. The MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan provides further coverage, including prescriptions, off-campus specialty care, and hospitalization. Nearly 70% of MIT students choose the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan. Full-time MIT students are automatically enrolled in, and billed for, the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan. However, if you already have comparable insurance from a U.S.-based insurer, you can waive this coverage. 

    More information on health insurance options is available at MIT Medical.


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  • Next steps

    Things may seem pretty overwhelming right now, so we wanted to break down what to expect over the next few months when it comes to getting everything set up for your child's first year at MIT. Early Action applicants receive their financial aid awards in mid-January and Regular Action applicants receive their award in mid-March. All students have until May 1 to let us know their enrollment decision. Our Student Financial Services website is a great resource where you can learn about financial aid, payment and billing information, and job resources for your student. The Class of 2024 will receive information about housing, on-campus dining options, and orientation on May 1. First-year students begin arriving on campus in mid-August for orientation programs, and classes begin the first week of September.

  • Learn the ropes

    The incoming students will soon be learning to navigate their way through the Institute, and we want you to also feel like you know your way around MIT. The Parent’s Association has provided a list of resources about moving in, campus TechCASH, student dining plans, and more, which you may find especially useful during the first year in the MIT community.