Frequently Asked Questions for Parents


The following are answers to questions that we frequently receive from parents attending Parent Orientation. If your questions is not addressed on this page or anywhere else on our site, please contact us at 617-253-6772 or via email at orientation-www@mit.edu

Q: I would like to start making summer travel arrangements – what date will my student need to be on campus?

A: We strongly discourage families from making travel arrangements before they have confirmed their student’s arrival date.  Depending on a variety of factors, including athletics, international status, and FPOP participation, arrival dates will vary, and students cannot arrive on campus before their specified arrival date.

For families looking to make summer vacation plans, you should plan to hold the last 2 ½ weeks of August for possible MIT orientation activities.

Q: If my student needs to mail some belongings to MIT before they arrive on campus, are there storage options available?

A: If your student needs to have baggage sent to Cambridge prior to their arrival, you must make arrangements with a separate storage company.  You cannot ship directly to MIT for storage.  All baggage transportation and customs charges on international shipping are your responsibility.

Q: How can we learn more about the move in process?

A: Details can be found on the Undergraduate Housing website at: https://studentlife.mit.edu/housing/undergraduate-housing.

Q: Does MIT provide accommodations for parents during Parent Orientation?

A: MIT does not provide housing for parents during Parents Orientation. Accommodations should be made on your own with a local hotel or bed and breakfast. If you would prefer a room as close as possible to MIT, please contact the following hotels:

  • BOSTON MARRIOTT CAMBRIDGE (Discounted rate of $219/ night for MIT parents - Book your group rate for MIT Parent Orientation August 2019 by July 30, 2019)
    • Start Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    • End Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
    • Last Day to Book: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    • Note: please us know if you are experiencing difficulty booking a room - it is possible the block has reached capacity, and we may be able to contact the hotel to increase the number of rooms. 

Additional information about where to stay, how to get to and around campus, and more, please refer to MIT's Visitor information site: http://institute-events.mit.edu/visit.

Q:  How busy will my student be during Orientation?

A: Your student will be very busy during orientation. There are many events and programs to attend. While many events are mandatory, they will have the chance to choose activities of interest that they believe will be of benefit as they get oriented to MIT. The Parent and Student Orientation programs are separate – families and students attend the President’s Convocation together on Monday morning, and then go off to their own program sessions. 

Q: Will there be time to say goodbye to my student during Orientation?

A:  Yes, you will have time to say goodbye to your student on Monday.  Many families will say goodbye after the Convocation ceremony on Monday afternoon or in their student’s residence hall on Monday before dinner.  Students will continue to participate in a very full schedule of Orientation events after this point, leaving little time to spend with family.

Q: What will the weather be like during Orientation?

A: During August, the weather in Boston is usually hot during the day and cooler at night. Please dress casually, bring a hat or sunscreen for outdoor events such as Convocation, and wear your most comfortable walking shoes. Also, remember to have something warmer for the evenings.