Guest Policy

Tang Hall’s overnight guests policies follow that of MIT’s Residential Housing and Dining’s policies, which can be found here.

For your convenience, we have reiterated it below:

A guest is someone (MIT or non-MIT affiliated) who does not live in your residence hall.

Residents of graduate residence halls may have guests visit in accordance with the policy detailed below. Residents do not need to maintain a guest list. All guests need to sign in and leave a phone number at the desk for contact tracing purposes.

  • Residents, including singles, couples, and families, may have up to six (6) guests visit at the same time. Overnight guests must continue to follow the residence hall overnight guest policy and the graduate family extended guest policy (see below).
  • Guests may include community members in Covid pass, and significant others, friends, and family members who are not in Covid pass.
  • Residents may have in-house visitors (other residents in the same building). In-house visitors may visit at the same time as non-resident guests, up to six people at a time.
  • Resident hosts must be up-to-date with all Covid Pass requirements to be eligible to host guests.
  • All residents and their guests must follow all MIT Covid policies (e.g. wear a face covering where required). 
  • Graduate residents and their guests may access the residence hall courtyards, roof decks, and other outdoor spaces when house-specific plans are in place that meet Institute guidance. Guidance for developing house-specific protocols for use of residential outdoor spaces will be shared with heads of house.
  • Undergraduate students can visit residents of graduate housing.
  • Resident hosts and guests are encouraged to visit outdoors whenever possible and as weather permits.

COVID Testing and Health Monitoring for Guests

  • All guests who are over the age of 16 are expected to be vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are expected to wear a face covering when around others and within all residential common areas and public spaces. 
  • Guests who are in COVID Pass must be in compliance with MIT health monitoring policies for testing and attestations.
  • Daytime guests who are not in COVID Pass must take a COVID-19 test with a negative result within a week before entering the residence hall
  • If the guest is not vaccinated and gets a negative test result, they need to stay away from others in the residence hall (other than their host) for the duration of their stay.
  • Overnight guests who are not in COVID Pass must take a COVID-19 test with a negative result within a week before entering the residence hall and follow the residence hall overnight guest policy (see below).
  • If the guest is vaccinated and gets a negative test result, they do not need to quarantine.
  • If the guest is not vaccinated and gets a negative test result, they need to quarantine for seven (7) days
  • If the guest is unable to get a test for COVID-19, before arrival, or does not have access to COVID-19 testing, upon arrival, the guest must test as soon as possible, and quarantine and stay away from others in the residence hall (other than their host) until they have a negative test result. If the guest receives a positive test result while visiting, they should depart the residence hall and contact their healthcare provider.

Overnight Guests:

Overnight guests are permitted (see below for graduate family extended guest policy). In accordance with standard MIT residential policies, residents may not have overnight guests for more than three nights in a seven-day period. Furthermore, overnight guests can visit for no more than 20 days total in a semester.  In a multi-occupant unit, roommates are expected to coordinate overnight guests.

Some residence halls may have an overnight guest policy that may be more restrictive. It is the resident’s obligation to check with the House Team (Heads of House, House Operations Manager) to determine if house-specific protocols exist, and to abide by all applicable policies. Residents must obtain, in advance, the permission of all students of the room/suite in which the overnight guest is visiting or staying. Consideration should be given to the reasonable expectations of a roommate(s) at all times.

Resident hosts are responsible for their guests and guests must be registered at the desk, leaving their name, cell phone number, and email address. Requests for exceptions to this policy should be sent to the graduate residence hall head of house.

Guest Check-In

Upon arrival, guests must immediately visit the house desk to

  • Sign-in, including name, phone, arrival time, and anticipated departure time
  • Be met by the resident host at the desk or enter the residence hall with their host and be escorted to their destination
  • Be escorted to the desk and main exit by the resident host to sign-out before departure; and
  • Sign-out upon departure. Westgate residents should sign in and sign out their guests at the house desk in Tang Hall.

Resident hosts are expected to present their Covid Pass status (i.e. on a smartphone) to front desk staff to verify compliance with Covid Pass requirements during the guest check-in process. 

As needed, guest logs will be used for contact tracing. Information about the guest policy, logistics, and expectations will be available through the desk staff and the house team.