First Year Housing Information: What to Do and When


Step 1: Complete the First Year Housing Lottery Application


Application opens in late May


A link to the housing portal will be sent to your MIT email address. You will need certificates installed on your computer to view the site. In the application, you will be able to:

  • Select the residence halls you would like to live in and rank them in order of preference
  • Request a specific roommate. Roommate requests are limited to two students. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate group requests.
  • Answer a questionnaire that will help the Room Assignment Chairs pair you with a roommate, if you have not requested one already, or assign you to the area that best matches you within your assigned building


Step 2: First Year Housing Lottery Results and Housing Confirmation


Results are scheduled to be released in mid-July


You will receive an email directing you to the housing portal for your results. At that time, you will be asked to complete the First Year Housing Confirmation. In this form, you will be asked to:

  • review and agree to the Housing Terms & Conditions
  • provide your arrival date to esnure that your room will be ready for you


Students living in a residence hall with a dining hall (Baker House, Maseeh Hall, McCormick Hall, Next House and Simmons Hall), and others who would like to enroll in meal plan, will also select their meal plan.


IMPORTANT: All communication with Housing & Residential Services, including your housing assignment, will be sent through your MIT email address. For more information and instructions on how to set up your kerberos ID and check your MIT email, please visit:


Step 3: Arrival at MIT


All first year students must be on campus by 12:00 pm on the first Sunday of Orientation Week (usually the last weekend of August)


Participate in REX (Residence Exploration) activities in your new community, explore other residence halls, and meet new people!


Pack strategically! You may end up moving during Orientation to a new building or new room within your assigned residence. We recommend only packing what you will need for the first week so you do not have to unpack and re-pack everything in the event of a move.


In August, visit for a schedule of REX events. 


Step 4: FYRE


First Year Residence Exchange: A second chance housing lottery for first year students


Once you arrive at MIT, we hope that you'll attend REX events wtihin your assigned community and in others. You never know who you will meet and what kinds of awesome things you will get to experience. This is the time to look around and try to find a place that fits you.


If you love the community you were assigned to in the lottery, great! You will remain there with no further action on your part. But, if you found another place that you think you’ll be more comfortable in, that’s where FYRE comes in.


We cannot guarantee a move. It is a switch lottery, but don’t worry, there are plenty of options during the year if you find you still want to move.


Learn more about how FYRE works


Step 5: In-House Room Selection


In-House Room Selection Occurs during Orientation Week


Participate in your building's in-house room selection process.