Monday, July 25, 2011

Graduate Accommodation

In this post I want to talk about one of the most important logistic issue which is accommodation. There are a number of options for Sloan Fellows and details can be found on the MIT housing website http://housing.mit.edu/graduatefamily/residences

Do note that there is a lottery for housing and the allocation is applicable from Fall (Aug every year). This means that you have to take a Sublease an apt from Jun-Aug in case you want to stay on campus.

There are also a number of options outside MIT where Sloan Fellows usually stay. Rents are usually above $2500 for a 2 bed room apt. Options given below are popular as they are walking distance from Sloan.


While people have different preferences there are a lot of benefits of staying on campus -

  1. Less expensive (cable, internet, heat included)
  2. You stay within the graduate community which is really important
  3. There are plenty of events like BBQ, Summer Parties which happen in the dorms
  4. Free shuttle to and fro from campus
  5. Plenty of study rooms and common kitchens
  6. All facilities like gym, laundry, movie rentals etc are available on campus at zero or nominal cost
I am attaching some pictures of Ashdown House which is the newest graduate residence in MIT. This is meant for single students.
Ashdown Sign

Efficiency Room

Efficiency Room

Outside view

Main Entrance

View from Inside overlooking Courtyard

Poster inside the elevator. Plenty of people sell stuff like this

Common Kitchen

Common Kitchen

Efficiency Room

Efficiency Room
Ashdown House also has a pub called Thirsty Ear.

Also attaching picture of Eastgate Apartment. This housing option is nearest to Sloan and is meant only for students with families.

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