Independent Living Groups
34 The Fenway, Boston
Fenway House is a coed independent living group located in the Fenway area of Boston.
Fenway Rush Chair Rebecca A. Bish ’02 said that life at Fenway is “very laid back, a little crazy, somewhat anarchic, and always fun.”
Fenway’s $1,900 per term housebill includes all food and laundry needs of members. Fenway has no new member program and residents become full members as soon as they join the house.
Fenway doesn’t have a national organization but ties with alumni are strong, Bish said. “Alumni are an important part of the day to day social life of our house,” she said.
259 St. Paul Street, Brookline
734-9211 or 253-8888
Emily M. Marcus ’01, rush chair for Epsilon Theta, said that visitors to ET would “most likely find us hanging out together, playing games, doing crosswords, planning world conquest, or just being silly.”
ET is an independent living group located in Brookline. ET has been an ILG since breaking from its national fraternity, Sigma Nu, in 1974. For $2,050 per term the house provides meals, social events, two weekend retreats a year, and daily van runs to campus, as well as laundry.
The house maintains a term-long pledge program with an average time commitment of 1.5 hours per week. Marcus said that pledge events include a scavenger hunt in Boston and planning a Halloween party. Pledges have no additional duties and are full voting members of the house, she said.
The house has a good relationship with its alumni, Marcus said.
Number 6 Club
428 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Number 6 Club, also known as Delta Psi, is a co-ed independent living group located on Memorial Drive within MIT’s campus. Life at No. 6 is “about friends, it’s about living life; it’s all about the stories,” said Maya C. Fernandez ’00, No. 6 Rush Chair.
The ILG’s $2,400 per term housebill includes seven meals a week, a kitchen, and social events.
A pledge program lasts one term and requires a commitment of two hours every two weeks, as well as three days per term. The program includes a pledge retreat and a banquet, Fernandez said.
Pledges have identical duties and rights as upperclassmen.
“No. 6 is nationally affiliated with other fraternities of Delta Psi. Once a year, some members from No. 6 attend a national meeting,” Fernandez said.
Women’s Independent Living Group
355 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Katherine S. Shiels ’00, Rush Chair for WILG, described MIT’s only all female independent living option as having “a relaxed, supportive environment.”
WILG holds socials two to three times and term, and throws an occasional party, she said. These socials as well as dinner and lunch each school day are covered by the $2,000 per term housebill.
All WILG house members are required to contribute a minimal amount of time each week to help maintain the house, according to Shiels. Freshmen have no additional duties. Members are active in many different clubs and sports teams.
WILG, affiliated with no national organization, has no new member program.
111 Bay State Road, Boston 247-0506
Student House is an independent living group located in Boston. The housebill of $300 per month includes meals and is one of the lowest in the MIT housing system.
Student House Rush Chair Jennifer K. Son ’02 described the house as “pretty laid back” with “no social obligations.” She said, however, that “everyone gets along well.”
Student House was remodeled this summer so the “house is pretty much gorgeous,” Son said. The house is divided into singles, doubles, triples and one quad. Freshmen can expect to live in a triple or quad.
69 Chestnut Street, Cambridge
pika is a Cambridge-based independent living group. The ILG, which Rush Chair Shaida C. Boroumand ’00 described as vegetarian-friendly, has no pledge program. Freshmen become full members immediately and no seniority system exists.
pika’s housebill is $1,600 per term and includes meals. Students are entirely “responsible for maintaining the house” at pika, Boroumand said.