Welcome to the MIT On-Campus Sublicense Center!

IAP 2020 Sublicensing Dates are December 18, 2019 through February 9, 2020
Sublicensors can submit listings beginning October 18, 2019
Sublicensees can apply to listings beginning October 28, 2019

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

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.

Sublicensor Guidelines:

  • Please do not submit any sublicense advertisements before October 18, 2019.
  • Sublicensors must first check into their assignment BEFORE they can sublicense their apartment and allow a sublicensee to begin their stay.
  • Current residents may not sublicense for or to other family members.
  • Current residents may not sublicense another apartment on-campus during the dates they are still residing in their current assignment.
  • The sublicensor will continue to be billed as usual during the sublicense period and is responsible for collecting housing rent from the sublicensee.
  • The sublicensor must not charge more than the housing rates stated on the website for the current year. A sublicensor cannot include house tax in their rate.
  • A resident cannot leave their MIT ID card with any sublicensee.
  • Please have your apartment clean and allow adequate space in the refrigerator/bathroom in order for your sublicensee to utilize all apartment facilities.
  • Please take note to remove or consolidate personal items in your room.
  • Please inform your roommates of potential sublets so they are aware of who will be residing in the apartment.

Sublicensee - If you want to rent a unit from the MIT student who holds the license, you are the 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.
  • Family members of residents are not eligible for sublicenses.
  • Current residents may not sublicense another apartment on-campus during the dates they are still residing in their current assignment.
  • Single sublicensees may sublicense a family housing residence. Families cannot sublicense a single housing residence. 
  • Couples may sublicense in designated couples units within single residences. Couples cannot sublicense in non-designated couples units in single residences.
  • If you are looking for housing with your partner and/or children, you may only sublicense a family housing unit.
  • 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

  • Sublicensors must first check into their assignment BEFORE they can sublicense their apartment and allow a sublicensee to begin their stay.
  • 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, and Draper, Broad, and Whitehead employees are not eligible.
  • The sublicensor can advertise their sublicense on the MIT Off-Campus website (mitoffcampus.com).  Advertising cannot occur on Craigslist, Airbnb, or other similar sites.
  • The sublicensor is responsible for explaining house specific policies to their sublicensee.
  • Rooms in single student housing are for individual sublicensees only.
  • A room may be sublicensed to someone of the opposite sex only with the written approval of all roommates. The sublicensor should email Graduate Housing with roommates copied on email so they can reply and confirm.
  • Current residents may not sublicense for or to other family members.
  • Current residents may not sublicense another apartment on-campus during the dates they are still residing in their current assignment.
  • A refundable deposit, not to exceed $300, may be requested. Refundable deposits cannot be applied to rent, nor used for a cleaning fee. Charging a cleaning fee is not permitted.
  • 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 receive this approval.
  • Please remember that a sublicense agreement is between members of the MIT community and not an agreement with Housing & Residential Services.
  • Housing & Residential Services does not provide receipts for reimbursements to sublicensors or sublicenees.
  • Minimum time period for sublicense approvals are as follows:
    • for an MIT student sublicensee – 7 days
    • for a Visitor sublicensee – 14 day
  • Any sublicense request for less than the time period stated above will be denied.
  • Housing & Residential Services does not provide Proof of Residence for sublicensees.

If you are experiencing any difficulties, please email graduatehousing@mit.edu