One of the first and most important steps in relocating to a new city is finding a new place to live. Students who need a hand finding a home in the Cambridge area can contact the MIT Housing Office for assistance.
Upon enrollment at MIT, students are automatically enrolled in the MIT Student Medical Plan. Massachusetts law requires all incoming students to take a physical, be up to date on immunizations, and provide a copy of their medical history. Incoming students can learn more on the Student Requirements page on the MIT Medical web site.
Any student who receives partial or full funding through MIT is required to fill out an I-9 form and an invention and agreement form with Janice McCarthy (1-107). All students must provide legal identification at this time - passport, social security card, or driver's license for domestic students; passport for international students. MIT Student Financial Services has more information on their Graduate and Professional Students page.
International students need to make an appointment with the MIT International Students Office upon their arrival. The ISO assists non-US students with all the necessary steps to be cleared for registration. More detailed information can be found at the ISO web site.
For new graduate students at MIT, the Graduate Student Council organizes a number of orientation events designed to help students feel comfortable, familiar and welcome at MIT. You can learn more about these activities by visiting the GSC Orientation page.
On registration day in the fall term, new students attend a brief orientation meeting with the Chairperson of the Graduate Committee. Following the meeting each student is directed to a faculty member for completion of their registration.
Graduate Life at MIT
The MIT Graduate Students Office is an Institute-wide support and referral office for graduate students and graduate administrators. It provides a broad range of information and services that are geared specifically toward serving the graduate community at MIT.