MIT is located in the vibrant city of Cambridge. Some SDM students choose to live on campus, while others live off campus in the surrounding neighborhoods. We do not recommend any particular residence option but encourage you to reach out to the department if you are interested in contacting current students to learn about their experiences.
MIT has many options for graduate students who prefer to live on campus, including separate residence halls for students with and without families. About one third of all MIT graduate students can be accommodated in campus housing.
An online application is required to obtain housing on campus. Applications for the fall semester are usually available in March and applications for the spring semester are usually available starting in October. For the most recently updated information on application dates and deadlines, visit the Housing and Residential Services website.
The MIT Housing Office provides listings, help with temporary housing, the rental market, and landlord issues. They also offer information about subletting housing, an especially useful option during the August “boot camp” period for students who are new to the area.
All SDM students must have a laptop computer. You can view MIT’s hardware guidelines for more information on recommended configurations and guidance on finding discounted pricing for Apple, Dell, and Lenovo computers.
For more information on setting up user accounts and accessing MIT resources on and off campus, visit the Information Systems and Technology website.
Boston and Cambridge are connected by a thorough bus and train network known as the MBTA or the “T”. Students are eligible for subsidized T-passes for travel to and from campus. MIT also offers a variety of shuttle services to help students get around campus and elsewhere.
The Department of Facilities website provides information on parking permits, subsidized bus and rail passes, bike registration, ride sharing, and more.
Health and Wellness
MIT provides a variety of resources for staying healthy including access to athletic facilities and exercise classes.
Insurance and Medical Care
The state of Massachusetts requires all students to have medical insurance. The MIT Student Medical Plan, included with tuition, provides all students with access to most services at MIT Health, including primary and urgent care. Students are automatically enrolled in the MIT Student Extended Health Plan, which provides comprehensive care. You may be eligible to waive this coverage if you have have comparable insurance from a U.S.-based insurer.
Before arriving on campus, all students are required by law to complete the Medical Report form that includes your medical history and serves as a proof of immunization.
Clubs and Teams
There are hundreds of clubs and organizations at MIT that are open to graduate students. You can find information on MIT Sloan clubs on MySloan and lists of main campus clubs and organizations on MIT Engage. Our students are also encouraged to connect with the Graduate Student Council, which hosts events, runs programs and opportunities for growth and interaction, and advocates with the MIT administration and faculty.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in club and intramural sports. Club sports compete against other universities and intramural sports consist of teams of MIT students competing against each other.
Visas and Immigration
MIT’s International Student Office is the primary resource for immigration information, including visa application instructions, maintaining legal status, and obtaining medical insurance. They can also assist with financial documentation requirements and determining your eligibility for internships and post-graduation work experience.