Dorms and ILGs Offer Summer HousingBy A. Arif Husain
Students who will be working on-campus or in the Cambridge-Boston area this summer have several housing options to choose from, including most of the dormitories and several independent living groups.
The deadline for on-campus summer housing applications was extended to May 8, according to the Office of Residence and Campus Activities. The change resulted from an interruption in the application process, according to a notice from RCA.
All of the undergraduate dormitories will be open for summer residence except Senior House, which will be closed for renovations.
Summer residents will share dormitory space with other activities such as the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program and Institute convention guests. In addition, some areas of dormitories will be closed for repairs, said RCA Staff Associate Phillip M. Bernard, who is in charge of housing assignments.
This summer's housing term will extend from June 11, the day before the summer session starts, to August 23, the day after the session ends. A five week half-summer term beginning June 11 will also be offered.
Current residents will be able to move into summer housing after 5 p.m. on June 2.
Full summer residents will be allowed to remain in summer housing during Residence and Orientation Week, Bernard said.
Summer housing applications can be obtained from dormitory desks and should be returned to the dormitory where one wants to live. Applications submitted to the RCA office will be forwarded to dormitory desks, Bernard said.
First choice housing selections are not guaranteed, so students are encouraged to rank several dormitories in order of preference, Bernard said. Housing will be offered to Wellesley College students with second priority.
Applications submitted after the May 8 deadline will be subject to a $100 surcharge if approved. Cancellations can be made up to May 15 without penalty. After that date a $200 late fee will be charged, Bernard said.
ILGs offer summer housing
Another option for those staying in the area this summer is housing through independent living groups. Housing is being offered by 27 ILGs, according to a letter from Brian D. Dye '96, Interfraternity Council president. The ILGs tend to have lower rental fees but often require residents to complete menial chores.
The IFC Summer Housing Program involves an agreement between the renter and the living group, Dye said. Neither MIT nor IFC is responsible for arrangements, he said.
"We'll probably have daily jobs," said Dennis B. Hom '97 of Sigma Chi. Residents will be responsible for chores such as taking out the trash and cleaning up their floor, Hom said. The group's standard term rules will extend to the summer, he said.
The Women's Independent Living Group will offer boarding on a first come, first serve basis, said resident Marnie L. Harker '96. "We require an hour of work a week and that's about it," she said.