Please visit our Dates & Deadlines webpage for sublicensing dates.

Welcome to the MIT On-Campus Sublicense Center!

Are you interested in living on campus during the Summer, Winter Break or the Independent Activities Period (IAP), or are interested in sublicensing your current housing during these periods?  If so, you’ve come to the right place!  Please see below for important information regarding the MIT graduate housing sublicensing process. Don’t forget to visit our Dates & Deadlines webpage for key sublicensing dates.

Here you can:

  • find apartments or rooms on campus that are available to sublicense from the current resident

  • post your own room or apartment for sublicensing by another MIT affiliate

Sublicensing Policies

Terminology and Guidelines

  • Sublicense: MIT students who live in on-campus housing have been granted a license to live in their units - not a lease. For this reason, we use the term sublicense rather than the more common term sublet.

  • Sublicensor: If you are the legal license holder of a unit in MIT on-campus housing (resident) and you would like to sublicense it to another MIT affiliate, you are the sublicensor.

  • Sublicensee: Current MIT affiliate who sublicenses an MIT on-campus housing unit from a current legal license holder through the Sublicense process.

Sublicensor Guidelines:

  • For those sublicensing in the month of August, please be aware that your rent increase takes effect starting August 1st. If this will impact your sublicense, please discuss this with your sublicensee.

  • Current residents may not sublicense on behalf of visiting family members.

  • Current residents may not sublicense another apartment on-campus during the dates they are the license holder for their current assignment.

  • The sublicensor will continue to be billed as usual during the sublicense period and is responsible for collecting housing fees from the sublicensee.

  • The sublicensor must not charge more than the current housing rates listed on the website for the current year (link opens in a new tab).

  • The sublicensor can advertise their sublicense on the MIT Off-Campus website ( Advertising is prohibited on Craigslist, Airbnb, or other similar sites.

  • All sublicensees are required to adhere to all MIT policies, including MIT's COVID-19 vaccination requirement and related policies.

  • .A resident cannot leave their MIT ID card with any sublicensee.

Sublicensee Guidelines:

  • All sublicensees must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Do not apply for more than one sublicense within the same date range.

  • If you are looking for housing with your partner and/or children, you may only sublicense a family housing unit. You must live with your family in the unit and are required to provide proof of family to Housing & Residential Services before being approved for a sublicense. Information about what you can use to verify your family status can be found on our Family Housing website.

  • Rooms in single student housing are for individual sublicensees only.

  • Couple’s spaces in single housing cannot be sublicensed to families with children or additional legal dependents.

  • When you sublicense an on-campus graduate housing unit, you are required to abide by all of MIT’s rules and regulations, all housing policies, as well as all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and the rules and regulations of the residence in which you live.

   General Sublicensing Rules

  • Sublicenses are only available during the summer and IAP/winter break.

  • Sublicense advertisements are MIT Certificate protected. Only affiliates of MIT - students, faculty, staff, and visiting faculty, students, and scholars - are eligible to sublicense apartments. Alumni, families of students, Draper, Broad, and Whitehead employees are not eligible. Sublicenses can be advertised on the MIT Off-Campus website, but cannot be posted on any other site (e.g.., AirBnB, Craigslist, etc)

  • A room may be sublicensed to someone of the opposite gender only with the written approval of all roommates in the suite/apartment.

  • A refundable deposit of up to $300 may be requested by the sublicensor

  • The space cannot be occupied until the sublicense has been approved by Housing & Residential Services. Money or keys should not be exchanged until both the sublicensor and sublicensee received documented approval.

  • Sublicense agreements are between members of the MIT community and are not an agreement with Housing & Residential Services.

  • The minimum time period for sublicensing is 14 days.  Any sublicense request for less than the time period stated above will be denied.

If you are experiencing any difficulties, please email with the subject "Sublicense Inquiry".

Residence Hall Access Information for Approved Sublicensees

In order to gain access to the residence hall for the time you have been approved by Housing and Residential Services (HRS) to sublicense, you will need to download the MIT Atlas mobile app.

Android Mobile App Activation:

  1. Download Atlas app -
  2. Activate Mobile ID
  3. Turn on NFC
  4. Tap into the sublet building with Mobile ID pulled up.It will take 30 minutes after you activate.

iPhone Mobile App Activation:

  1. Download Atlas app -
  2. Click on Mobile ID
  3. Add to Apple Wallet
  4. Tap access into sublet building.It will take 30 minutes for access after you activate.

For those sublicensing in family housing, once you have provided the proof of family documentation and your sublicense has been approved by HRS, your partner and/or children will be sponsored by HRS for an MIT ID number and Kerberos account.  At that time, you will receive an automated email providing you with the MIT ID and Kerberos account.

For those partners and children over 5 years of age with an MIT ID number will have access to download the MIT Atlas Mobile app for building access through their cell phone.