Simmons Hall

Building W79
229-243 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Simmons Hall

Links and Contact Information

Simmons Instagram: themothersponge
If you want to know more, please contact our president at

About the Community


Welcome to the Sponge!


Known for its porous architecture, lighthearted and supportive culture, and fantastic facilities, our dorm is home to students of various cultures, interests, and backgrounds. Within our curvy concrete walls, you will find artists, gamers, musicians, theater nerds, varsity athletes, American Ninja Warriors, MLB recruits, Grand Integrators, National Yo Yo Champions, and more importantly, family.


Our home is interspersed with spacious lounge areas that come equipped with beanbags, couches, floor to ceiling windows, video game consoles, and even more curvy walls! They are often the sites of chalk wall drawings, smash tournaments, pset parties, and all sorts of resident-inspired craziness. You can also work out in the gym, get artsy in the crafts room, build a trebuchet in the woodshop, or prototype some circuits in the EE lab!


Because the building is architecturally discontinuous, Simmons has developed unique ways of fostering friendships and community among residents. Any resident can join up with friends throughout the building to create a “Lounge”, which Simmons funds to do awesome things like eating out or purchasing copious amounts of video games!  Additionally, Simmons has a unique town-hall style government in which any resident can propose and vote on whatever they want. In the past, we’ve bought massage chairs, created a ball pit, ordered thousands of buffalo wings on a whim, and had all sorts of crazy fun!


The Simmons Hall House team is a group of dedicated people who are here to ensure your health and happiness throughout your MIT career.  You can think of them as your parents in this home away from home, and they’re here for you 100%. Our Heads of House make the rounds at their famous study breaks, and our graduate resident assistants host activities that might include eating yummy treats, popping bubble wrap, getting advice from upperclassmen, or going out to see plays.


If you want to know more, contact our president at!


We hope you will come to live and love the Sponge as we all have in this fantastic and welcoming community!


Facility Information

Facility Information: 
Capacity: 369

Coed: Yes

Room Types: Singles-62%; Doubles-32%; Triples-6%

Cost per semester: $6,775 - $5,360

House Tax: $80

Dining Program: meal plan required

Smoking: no

Carpeting: no

Air Conditioning: no

Shuttle Stop: yes

Elevator: yes

Pets: no pets (except fish)

Style of Building: suite and corridor style

Click here for Full Housing Grid

Dining Information

Dining Information: 

Dining Hall in building. More information at


Our state-of-the-art dining hall includes a fresh-to-order stir-fry station, grill, salad bar, and many other amenities. There are a variety of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, halal, and kosher items at every meal. Additionally, Simmons Hall operates a late night café for students who either missed regular dinner or simply crave a late night snack. Below, you will find the Simmons Dining Hall hours. All residents are required to enroll in a meal plan.  


Operation Hours:

  • Breakfast (Monday - Friday)
    • 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Brunch (Saturday & Sunday)
    • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Dinner (7 days a week)
    • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Late Night (Sunday-Thursday) Simmons Hall
    • 9:00 pm - 1:00 am


More information on meal plans and amenities at

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Meet the House Teams

Bryan Bryson and Kevin Leiby (Associate Heads of House)
Julie Gagnon (House Operations Manager)