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MIT Sloan students need to create accounts for their Significant Others. With this account, Significant Others can access a variety of MIT systems.
Connect with other Significant Others, learn about and participate in events, and get to better know both your peers and the new city.
The Significant Others of Sloan Club (S.O.S. Club) helps partners and families acclimate to life at MIT Sloan. This active network provides community resources and plans family-friendly activities throughout the year.
MIT Spouses & Partners Connect is a dedicated network for the significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff and faculty who have relocated to the Boston area. They organize activities that help you meet people, discover work and career opportunities, improve your English, share experiences and passions, and get information about living and parenting in Boston.
It's more than learning a language—MIT Language Conversion Exchange helps connect people across the Institute for conversation, cultural exchange and friendship. Sponsored by Community Wellness at MIT Medical for all members of the MIT community, including significant others and family members.
Tips for navigating the area
You can easily travel throughout Boston/Cambridge without a vehicle. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is the public agency responsible for operating most public transportation services in Greater Boston. They operate trains (referred to as the "T"), commuter rails, buses and commuter boats. Visit their website for maps, fee information, and tips on how to get around.
The MIT Shuttle is a free MIT service. It includes transportation around campus and some parts of Cambridge and Boston, including trips to grocery stores like Costco and Trader Joe's.
If you opt to own or rent a car, you will need to consider your driver's license status. You may be able to apply for an International driver's license in your home country, you may be able to use your home country driver's license for up to a year in the US, and/or you may be able to apply for a Massachusetts State driver’s license. Visit the Massachusetts state website to help you better determine your needs.
Health, wellness and consultation resources available to you and your family.
Your Sloanie can buy health insurance coverage from MIT for your family members, including significant others and/or children. They must show documentation to prove that each family member is eligible.
The MIT Guide for Students with Children is MIT's Office of Graduate Education's online guide designed to help you and your family connect to resources and services available to grad student families, including resources on finding living accommodations, enrolling your children in school, and more. They have a twice monthly newsletter.
The MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing offers many services to graduate students, which are available at no cost to you and your family. These include legal and financial consultation, child care resources and referrals, elder care resources and referrals, relocation guidance, school and summer camp selection for children, nutrition counseling, career assessment, and more.
Community Wellness at MIT Medical works with the entire MIT community to provide the resources and programs that can help you make healthy choices.
Their offerings include:
Spouses & Partners Connect: A dedicated social and professional network for the significant others of MIT students, postdocs, staff and faculty who have relocated to the Boston area.
Family Support: Resources for childcare while attending classes, working, or meeting other responsibilities.
Information on and/or classes for new and/or expecting parents, exercise and fitness, health and wellness, sexual health, stress reduction, mindfulness, and relaxation
The MIT Graduate Assistance and Information Network (GAIN) is a 24/7 network of professionals who provide life management resources and referrals to help make life easier. You can access these services by calling 844-MIT-GAIN (844-648-4286).
The MIT Office of Graduate Education (OGE) is committed to supporting our graduate students with families. Their website includes a list of available resources for families including various offices, services, groups, and networks.
Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) is MIT’s primary on-campus resource for preventing and responding to interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Our hotline (617-253-2300) available 24 hours a day to support survivors in deciding what to do next.
MIT Recreation offers individual memberships as well as student family memberships. In order to get a student family membership, your student must enroll in the membership on behalf of the family. Make sure you have an MIT ID so that you can gain access to the facilities.
Further your own career while supporting your Sloanie.
A workshop series that provides training for MIT spouses and partners who are looking for work or professional development opportunities during their time at MIT.
Learn, discover, and chart your career at MIT. HR offers in-person programs, workshops, and online learning resources available to you at no cost.
Free online course materials including notes, videos, instructor insights and more from MIT.
MIT Sloan Executive Education's leadership training and non-degree programs that help business professionals advance their careers.
A gateway to MIT knowledge and expertise, MIT Professional Education offers lifelong learning opportunities on-campus, online, in an international location, and/or at your company site.
The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a four week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month. During IAP, more than 600 non-credit activities in approximately 50 categories are offered by and for members of the MIT Community.
Learn to navigate Campus. You are welcome to attend any information session or campus tour without a reservation at the scheduled times (see link above). If you have any questions regarding campus tours, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also take a self-guided tour. Self-Guided Tour Map
The MIT Student Furniture Exchange (FX), sells used furniture and household goods at bargain prices to the MIT, Harvard, Suffolk, and Boston University communities.
MIT's at-cost grocery, in collaboration with Bon Appetit, offers staples like vegetables, fruit, rice, flour, pasta, soups, sauces, grains, spices, meats, and dairy. Located on the second floor of Walker Memorial (Building 50).
Your MIT student must fill out this form to request an ID for their Significant Other. This ID gives you access to MIT buildings and recreational facilities (you must purchase membership), and it can be loaded with money for the MBTA, TechCash, and more.
Resources and reporting options for bias incidences related but not limited to race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and gender, including sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) dedicated to providing community members access to a spectrum of activities that educate, inspire, entertain, and otherwise enhance the quality of life at MIT.
MIT’s makersystem includes makerspaces tailored for entrepreneurship, the arts, class projects, metal working, wood working, glass working, micro/nano making, unrestricted use, etc.
The use of an MIT shop/makerspace by non-MIT personnel (Significant Others) is allowed when space is available (after all MIT student and staff use is accommodated), appropriate waivers are signed, and participants have received appropriate safety and tool/machine use training.