Graduate Student Housing Working Group

Chancellor's Charge

To ensure that the Institute is positioned to respond effectively to and evaluate complex topics associated with graduate student housing needs on an on-going basis, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart has formed the Graduate Student Housing Working Group (hereafter, “the working group”) and issued the following charge:

  1. Assess how housing availability and graduate student housing needs, including those of international students and graduate student families, have changed in the three years since the completion of the Clay Report (a 2014 report assessing graduate student housing needs). Based on this updated analysis, recommend options for matching graduate student housing demand with different housing types, locations, costs, and timelines for bringing the new beds online. For each option, assess the demand and the expected costs and benefits to graduate students and to MIT. The options should consider the 250-net new graduate student beds currently under construction in Kendall Square and the Institute’s commitment to provide at least an additional 250 beds in response to the Clay Report;
  2. Present the interim findings of the updated assessment to the Chancellor, Provost, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, and other community members before October 13, 2017; and
  3. Recommend a process for periodic reviews and evaluations of graduate student housing needs, along with opportunities for community engagement, for consideration by the Institute’s senior administration.

The working group will begin its work at the start of the 2017-18 Academic Year, and will provide a mid-year update to the MIT community by the end of January 2018. The graduate student members of the working group will provide monthly updates to the Graduate Student Council.

The full draft report will be issued to the community for comment in the 2018 spring semester, with the goal of collecting feedback and finalizing the report over the summer of 2018. The MIT administration will provide its formal response to the report’s recommendations at the start of the 2018 fall semester.


The faculty and staff members of the working group were selected by the Chancellor, Provost, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer in August 2017. The Graduate Student Council nominated six graduate students to serve on the group.

  • Ian Waitz, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate and Graduate Education and Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Chair)
  • Jon Alvarez, Director of Campus Planning, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer
  • Adam Berinsky, Mitsui Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
  • Kelly Blynn G, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Lauren Chai G, Mechanical Engineering
  • Orpheus Chatzivasileiou G, Chemical Engineering; Vice President, Graduate Student Council
  • David Friedrich, Senior Director, Housing Operations and Renewal Planning, Division of Student Life
  • Stephen Graves, Chair, Faculty Committee on Campus Planning; Abraham Siegel Professor of Management, Sloan School of Management
  • Will Kimball G, Sloan School of Management; Eastgate President
  • Suzy Nelson, Vice President and Dean for Student Life
  • Abigail Regitsky G, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Chair, State and Local Affairs Committee
  • Nicholas Triantafillou G, Mathematics; Co-Chair, Housing and Community Affairs Committee
  • Krystyn Van Vliet, Associate Provost; Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering & Department of Biological Engineering