- The Office of Graduate Education (OGE). Staff in the Office of Graduate Education provide advice and counsel on a variety of issues including faculty/student relationships, changing your advisor, conflict negotiation, funding, academic progress, interpersonal concerns, and a student’s rights and responsibilities. They can also help with excused absences and provide clarification about Graduate Policies and Procedures including childbirth accommodation and paid parental leave.
- Graduate Residential Education. MIT staff in the Graduate Residential Education area of the Division of Student Life are here to help with all your residential needs. They plan events for graduate students and their families as well as offer support when life gets challenging.
- MIT Student Resources directory. An A-Z and topic-based index of offices and programs.
Work & Life Support
The MIT Work-Life Center provides a variety of support services for students with families.
- By phone: Consultants provided by the Graduate Assistance and Information Network (MIT GAIN) can help connect you to information regarding off-campus childcare and Boston/Cambridge area schools, elder/adult care, schools, legal/financial concerns, relocation and daily living. The toll-free phone number is 1‐844‐MIT‐GAIN. This service is free of charge to admitted MIT graduate students. One call puts you in touch with work-life experts who can provide personalized resources and referrals across the wide range of parenting topics listed below, plus much more.
- After School Care
- Child Care
- Child Development
- Lactation Support
- New Parents/Pregnancy
- Public & Private Schools
- Special Learning Needs
- Summer Camps
- In person: Services such as individual consultations and referrals on child care and parenting, elder care, balancing work and personal life, are available at no cost to MIT students, staff, and faculty, as well as to their partners and families at the MIT Work-Life Center. The Center also houses a lending library with more than 1,000 books for adults and children on a wide variety of work‐life topics.
- Seminar Series: The Center provides opportunities to hear from knowledgeable speakers addressing topics relevant to work-life issues, parenting, managing stress, and caring for aging relatives.
MIT Spouses and Partners Connect is a dedicated network for the significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff, and faculty who have relocated to the Boston area. MIT SPC organizes activities that help you meet people, discover work and career opportunities, improve your English, share experiences and passions, and get information about living and parenting in Boston. Activities for parents include:
- New parents and parents-to-be: A peer-led group for expectant parents or new parents of newborns up to one-year-old.
- Toddler PlayGroup: A playgroup where MIT parents and children can find a place to play, sing, and read stories together.
- Kids Clothing Exchange: Held in October and April, this biannual exchange includes kids clothing, outwear, shoes, toys, and books for children ages 0-5.
- New to MIT: Some useful resources to help you adjust to your new life. Here you’ll find information about childcare and parenting, education and English studies, work and volunteering options, and other ways to get involved with MIT and in the local community.
Community and Networks
- MIT Spouses & Partners Connect & Parents of Camberville (Somerville and Cambridge) on Facebook to connect with other parents.
- Moms of Camberville (Somerville and Cambidge) on Facebook for moms of babies due/born September 2018 to August 2019 who live in Cambridge, Somerville, and the neighboring towns (Medford, Arlington, Belmont, and Watertown).
- Grad Moms – is a group for graduate students and postdocs who are mothers that gather for monthly lunches.
- MIT Community Wellness - offers a variety of classes for new and expecting parents.
- The Graduate Student Council (GSC) offers family activities supported by the GSC Funding Board. Past activities have included Eastgate Fall Orientation BBQ, Westgate Christmas Party, Families 101 during orientation.
- The Housing and Community Affairs (HCA) Families Subcommittee has worked on increasing family housing options, advocating for more affordable on- and off- campus childcare options, maintaining high-quality and affordable health care, and improving campus safety for families.
Medical, Fitness & Wellness
MIT students may buy health insurance coverage from MIT for their family members, including spouse or partner and/or children. All students and family members who are enrolled in a MIT health plan may visit MIT Medical for a wide variety of health care services, including primary care, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology.
- Graduate students covered under the MIT Dental Plan may enroll their spouse/partner and child/children.
Fitness, Wellness and Recreation
- MIT Recreation offers a 6-month or 12-month student family membership. Family membership eligibility includes one spouse or partner and dependents under 18 years old. Access to MIT Recreation facilities for students is covered by their annual student life fee. Many programs are offered, including recreational swimming and youth aquatic, ice skating, and golf lessons.
The Office of Graduate Education offers iGrad, a portal that facilitates grad students’ financial knowledge and informed decision-making; includes budget support, fellowship listings, informational articles and much more.
- MIT Federal Credit Union The MIT Federal Credit Union (mitfcu.org) has been serving the MIT community for over 75 years. Founded as a non-profit financial institution in 1940, the credit union serves the Massachusetts Institute of Technology community (undergrad and grad students, employees, alumni, faculty and their family members). The credit union offers traditional savings and checking accounts as well as mortgages, autos, personal and student loans and mobile and online banking. There are on campus branches and ATMs at the Student Center (W20) and 700 Technology Square in Cambridge. MIT Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, cooperative financial institution whose primary mission is to provide quality financial services that meet the needs of its members while ensuring the financial well-being of the organization.
Safety & Security
The MIT Police Department provides day-to-day policing, emergency, and service tasks to the MIT community. Available for emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at (617) 253-1212 or dialing 100 from any MIT phone.