New House

Cultural House Mutual Selection Process

This process applies to only those interested in living in the cultural houses within New House, which include: Chocolate City, French House, German House, iHouse and Spanish House.


1. Rank it among your top 5 choices during the summer application process (May 26 - June 9).

2. Between June 3 - June 16, a member of the cultural house will contact you to give you a sense of what it's like to live there.

3. After speaking (or emailing) with a member of the cultural house, if you decide you would like to live in the cultural house, you MUST email us at to confirm your interest by June 16.
4. The cultural house will provide information to Housing & Residential Services about the students who participated in the information sharing process.
5. If you and the cultural house agree, you will be assigned to the cultural house in the lottery.

Dining Information

New House is a cook-for-yourself community. Specific houses under New House handle this differently. Please see the specific sub-pages for more information.

Meet the House Teams

Wes Harris (Head of House):
Kat Howell (Area Director):

New House

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New House - Houses at at Glance

The Numbered Houses

New House has an amazing mixture of people, cultures, interests, and activities. We house all of MIT’s cultural groups as well as five numbered houses, each with their own distinctive culture and each great in its own way. Our facilities are on par or better than those anywhere else on campus, with a laundromat, weight room, game room, study room, and courtyards readily available, and our GRTs and Head of House do their best to make living here as comfortable as possible--at least for MIT.



Juniper is an undergraduate living group centered on the celebration of the achievements of Black women by providing a residential environment that fosters community, leadership, and passion. We encourage balance between academic and personal pursuits by empoweringmembers to work on projects that exemplify their passions.


Chocolate City

Chocolate City is more than just a cultural house: it is home to about 30 men from all different backgrounds. It is a community that strives to promote each individual's ethnic identity as minorities as best as possible.


The International Development House (iHouse), MIT's only living-learning community, is comprised of 21 undergraduates who are passionate about international development.

German House

German House is a small, cozy living group of 24 students inside New House. While we each have our own single, the lounge is a center of activity where we share 6 meals a week (that take turns cooking for the house) and more!


French House

We cook dinner together six days a week, with everyone taking a turn as a member of a four person cooking team. Making a mess of the kitchen once a week turns out to be a lot of fun.

Spanish House

La Casa, also known as Spanish House, is unique amongst MIT's living groups.