Next House

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Welcome to Next House

    A Note from Current Residents:

    Welcome to Next House!

    We’re a community of 360 close-knit Nexties who are known for being welcoming and friendly. We foster both a strong house-wide community as well as smaller, more distinct, communities within each of our eight wings. Our wings are centered around our lounges big and small, where both work and leisure take place. We scribble algorithms and doodles alike on our abundant whiteboards, play Super Smash Bros until late at night, analyze difficult pset problems, celebrate each others' birthdays, hold variously-themed study breaks, and so many other activities that bring us together. We are each other’s workout buddies, dinner conversations, late-night bandmates, spontaneous snowball fight enemies, and Next Dining study comrades. To us, Next House is more than a dorm - it's our home.

    One of the most unique features of Next House is the strength of our student groups, which celebrate our hobbies and interests. Next Gamers, Next Act, Next Art, Next Haunt, Next Service, Next Bake, Next Anime, Next Sing, Next Quest, Next Queer, Next Skate are all integral parts of our community and our lives here at MIT. They throw events and create projects for the entire dorm, like a haunted house/escape-room, a performance of Shrek the Musical, and weekly board game nights which can last until four in the morning -- just to name a few. Next Exec, our student government, also organizes events throughout the year, including an annual formal dance, laser tag and Level99 trips, a celebration of Pi Day, and monthly donut socials!

    Living at Next House has been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling parts of our MIT experience, and we hope that as you begin your MIT career, you choose to not only live at Next House but also become a part of our Next House community.

    Next House is one of six in-house dining communities and residents are required to enroll in a minimum meal plan based upon class year.  MIT Dining partners with Bon Appétit to provide an all-you-care-to-eat option within the residential dining hall. Please see the MIT Dining website for additional details. All students are encouraged to consider their meal plan options when choosing their housing preferences. 

    Next Dining has stir-fry, grill, bits & bites, comfort, salad, soup, and dessert sections, along with six different kinds of ice cream every night! For more information about the meal plan and daily menus, please check out

    Next House is also the home to the Country Kitchen, one of the biggest kitchens on the MIT campus. It has five stoves (= 20 burners), five ovens, and four fridges, so a lot of student groups also host events in this space. In addition, we also have a set of grills for when the sun is out and we are about! It’s been used to cook s’mores, rex burgers, shish kabobs, and rare steaks.

    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.

    Next House encourages all first-year students to explore different wings and communities around the house. A second lottery for new room assignments is held two to three days after first-year students arrive.

    First-years may opt-out of this secondary lottery by speaking with the Area Director.


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

    Next House
    500 Memorial Drive
    Building W71
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 253-8761

    Visit the resident-managed website for more information about Next House.  You can also check out the community's Facebook social media page. Questions about the community may be directed to resident leaders by emailing

    Facility Information

    Air Conditioning
    hallways only
    Dining Program
    meal plan required
    Pets Allowed
    no pets (except fish)
    Room Cost per Semester
    $6,867 - $5,635
    Room Types
    Singles-69%; Doubles-24%; Triples-7%
    Shuttle Stop
    Style of Building
    corridor style
    $83 (For AY23-24, subject to change for AY24-25)

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