French House

471-476 Memorial Drive (W70)
Cambridge, MA 02139

French House

Links and Contact Information


Email us at with any questions!






Instagram: @mit_lmf

About the Community


Bonjour! We are La Maison Française (French House): a small, tight-knit living group at MIT. We have about 30 residents, living in half of the fourth floor of New House.


We represent a huge variety of majors, hobbies, and French-speaking ability. We win baking contests, teach elementary schoolers, sing, garden, sail, perform in plays, dance, ice skate, run, bake more, hike, build rockets, compose string quartets, go to Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts, and occasionally sleep. In the fall, we have a spooky Halloween party. In the spring, we all get fancy for our annual formal, and in the winter our Dîner de Noel (a ginormous holiday dinner and party) is lots of fun for everyone.We throw birthday parties for each other, and hide under tables to sing "joyeux anniversaire". Day or night, you can usually find some delectable morsel up for grabs on the sactab: our "sacrificial table." 



What we all have in common: an interest and appreciation for French language and culture! That said, proficiency (or any French language ability at all) is NOT required to live here. All we ask for is enthusiasm and interest in learning! We have brunches to learn and practice French, and sometimes watch French movies together!


Our cooking system is unique on campus: we eat delicious, home-cooked, four-course meals six days a week - and each resident only has to cook once per week!


If all this sounds awesome to you, consider becoming a resident or a social member! Shoot us a message at the e-mail address above; we would love to hear from you.


Facility Information

Facility Information: 

Capacity: 290

Coed: Yes (except for Chocolate City, an all-male identifying community, and Juniper, an all-female identifying community)

Room Types: Single, Double 

Cost per semester: $6,530 - $5,775

House Tax: $35 to $95 (depending on the specific house)

Dining Program: Cook-for-Yourself Community

Smoking: No

Carpeting: Hallways

Air Conditioning: Yes

Elevator: Yes

Pets: No Pets (except fish)

Style of Building: Suite/Corridor Style

Click here for Full Housing Grid

Dining Information

Dining Information: 

Here in French House, we have dinner together six nights a week, Sunday through Friday. Everyone cooks one night a week as part of a five-person cooking team. A different member of the team acts as head “chef” each week; that means that everyone gets to design the menu two to three times per semester.


Aside from dinner, all members have full access to our (very well-equipped) kitchen, which we keep stocked with bulk ingredients including flour, butter, sugar, rice, eggs, milk, and extensive collection of spices and more!

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Meet the House Teams

Wesley L. Harris (Head of House)
John Ross Campbell (Associate Director for Undergraduate Residential Life )