Key Resources

Grad student family support

Adj Marshall serves as the Grad Student Families Program Administrator connecting families to resources and services on and off campus. In addition Adj oversees graduate policies and procedures related to childbirth accommodation and paid parental leave as well as the grad students with children grant

General support

Office of Graduate Education (OGE) can 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Person-to-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 worklife topics.

  • 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 and their family members. 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.

Medical, Fitness & Wellness

Medical Care: 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.

Dental Care: 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 MIT Grant for Graduate Students with Children is available to eligible graduate students regardless of need, and may be used to defray expenses like child care, health care, and housing to help alleviate the financial hardship student parents face.

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 ( 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.

Dining & Food

Looking for a quick grab and go option or to sit in a dining area with your children? MIT Dining offers several locations that can meet your family's needs. They offer several retail locations on campus with a variety of food options.

Bon Appetite, our largest campus partner offers some great options that are healthy and easy. All of the house dining locations have high chairs and on Fridays kids eat free in residence hall dining, starting at 5pm. Subscribe to their email list to get daily emails with café and residential specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Need groceries? Check out Techmart, our at cost grocery store located on the second floor of walker memorial. You will find over 50 items available at great prices. There are also a variety of local grocery stores within a mile of campus:

Campus shuttles go to Costco, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, generally on Wednesdays and Sundays (check schedule). Interested in cooking classes? Check out the weekly Tim’s kitchen newsletter for classes as well as great tips on wellness.

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.