Burton-Conner House

Front entrance of Burton Conner with greenery on either side of door.

Welcome to Burton Conner

    A Note from Current Residents:

    Burton-Conner’s (BC) nine distinct floors showcase the residence hall’s unique culture, history, and artistry. The building has stood for nearly a century and has been the home of MIT students for more than seventy years. BC’s suite-style living, combined with in-suite cook-for-yourself kitchens, promote community and provide a true home-away-from-home living environment. Burton-Conner has recently undergone a major construction renewal project to make much-needed improvements throughout the building, including updates to finishes and spaces, ADA-compliant suites, and enhanced energy-efficient windows, along with additional upgrades! If you have questions about Burton-Conner as a living option, please don't hesitate to reach out to the House Exec or a member of the House Team.

    A unique and interesting part of living at Burton-Conner is the opportunity to cook for yourself. Every suite in Burton-Conner is equipped with a small kitchen, including a stove, an oven, a sink, at least one fridge, and enough cabinet space for all the people living in that suite. Suites also have their own shared kitchen supplies with everything you need for cooking and baking. Residents who cook for themselves commonly buy groceries at Target, Wegmans, Trader Joe's, or Whole Foods, most of which are about a mile from the dorm. There is a shuttle that runs from the dorms to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods on the weekends, and a shuttle to Costco every other weekend. Many residents also make use of grocery delivery services, like Daily Table, Amazon Fresh, or Instacart.

    Cooking for yourself gives you more flexibility than the dining plan, letting you decide exactly what you want to eat and when you want to eat it. It's also a lot of fun experimenting with different recipes and trying new foods. Learning to grocery shop, plan meals, and cook your own food is important practice for living on your own once you graduate, but if you happen to be too busy to cook some nights, students who aren't on the dining plan can still purchase meals in the dining halls, or you could grab something to eat from any of the restaurants in Kendall Square or the Student Center ($7 Chipotle meal plan anyone?).

    While not required, residents of the building may still opt to enroll within any meal plan available through MIT Dining. In-house dining areas are located throughout the campus and are open to the entire MIT community. They provide a broad range of diverse and healthy options prepared from fresh quality ingredients. Please see the MIT Dining website for additional details. 

    A unique feature of MIT’s residential system is that student Room Assignment Chairs or "RACs" coordinate individual room assignments in each building along with members of their House Team.  Each house approaches room assignments a bit differently but all follow these principles: 

    • New student preferences will be used to make room assignments.
    • Upper-level students will not preference or select students to live on their floors/entry/community.
    • First-year students may opt out of exploration and are not required to move.

    After REX, Burton Conner hosts FLEX, a whole-house event for first-years to formally meet the nine-floor communities and fill out a form with their preferences for where they want to live within Burton Connor. These preferences are then fed into a sorting algorithm to determine final room assignments.

    First-years may opt out by visiting the front desk and asking for a detail sheet on the opt-out process.

    In-house First-year Process
    In-house Assignments by
    Subcommunity Preferences

    Burton-Conner House
    Building W51
    410 Memorial Drive
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    Tel. (617) 253-3261

    Visit the resident-managed website for more information about Burton-Conner House.  Questions about the community may be directed to resident leaders by emailing bc-exec@mit.edu.

    Facility Information

    Air Conditioning
    No (Portable Units Allowed)
    certain hallways/common areas (not bedrooms)
    Dining Program
    Cook-for-Yourself Community
    Pets Allowed
    no pets (except fish)
    Room Cost per Semester
    $7,315 - $5,950
    Room Types
    Singles-40%; Doubles-44%; Triples-16%
    Shuttle Stop
    Style of Building
    suite style
    $74 (For AY23-24, subject to change for AY24-25)

    From the Residents

    Video, photos and quotes from real MIT residents.