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MIT Housing - Sidney Pacific Apartment

Instructions for Apartment Use:

The Joint Program has the use of a 2-bedroom, 4-bed unit at Sidney Pacific (SidPac) Graduate Community, (503 B/C), MIT.

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the MIT community and to prevent the spread and reduce the potential risk of exposure to COVID-19, you will have to comply with MIT’s access and testing protocols and policies, as may change during the license term (Please see: and

Students signing out the apartment will be assigned by the staff at SidPac to one of the 2 bedrooms and be given a key and a temporary access card. Both items must be returned upon departure.

Our unit is:  503 B/C.  The bedrooms are: 503B, 503C.

Here is a map showing the location of SidPac.

SidPac is a short walk from the route of the MIT Tech Shuttle, which services Kendall Square. The nearest stops are Simmons Hall or Vassar/Mass Ave.

General Rules:

The apartment can be reserved by any currently registered MIT-WHOI Joint Program student. No guests are allowed. Students have access to all of the facilities at SidPac, and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as are the full-time residents of the building. The apartment can be used for short stays of 1-3 nights only.  If the apartment is needed for longer stays, the student must contact the student reps at

It is strongly suggested to bring your own sheets and towels.

Students must apply at least 2 business days in advance. 

This is to allow MIT Housing to make SidPac aware of the reservation, check that the student is a member of the JP, and activate the user’s MIT ID card.

The desk is staffed from 7:30 AM to 11:30 PM. Please arrive within these hours to check in and pick up your key and access card. After-hour check-in is discouraged.

After 11:30 PM, the SidPac front desk will not be staffed. Please use the white phone opposite the front desk. Call 31500 and talk to the house manager on duty. He/she should be able to let you in and give you the key.


We expect that users will make every effort to keep the apartment clean.  That includes emptying the trash, putting away any personal items and leaving the apartment in a presentable state for the next user. In addition, the Sidney-Pacific Housing team will also be cleaning the suite on a weekly basis

Sign-out Procedure:

To use the apartment, students must first complete a license agreement (one time only) in which the responsibilities of the user(s) and the rules of the building are defined. The user must agree to these responsibilities and rules.

Please fill out the Notification Form for each visit, using your MIT ID number (no substitutes). You must allow 48 hours before your intended stay.

The online reservation is then sent to the JP apartment reps and the Manager at SidPac, of your stay. Unless there is an issue with your reservation (apartment is oversubscribed for the time period you’re requesting, for example) you will not receive a confirmation email.

The student then goes to the front desk at SidPac and must present his or her MIT ID card to get the key. No one in the JP is allowed hold onto or distribute keys to this apartment. Keys can only be secured from the staff at SidPac with proper notice. The person who submits the notification form is the only person who can pick up the key.

All keys must be returned to the front desk at SidPac when you leave.

Please see the SidPac Hall website for information about the building and its facilities.

The House Manager is Brian Ward,  If you are having a problem once you arrive, please contact him.


The lots closest to Sid-Pac that we can issue a parking pass for are 139 Mass. Ave. or Kresge. From locations on Mass. Ave., you can take the MIT NW Shuttle to Sid-Pac.

Please be sure to request the parking pass from Tricia Nesti for the MIT campus at least 24 hours in advance.

WHOI Housing

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution owns residential properties in the Woods Hole/Falmouth community. The function of the Housing Office is to manage these residences for use by students and guests of the Institution.

Students can reserve space in accordance with the WHOI housing policy. MIT-WHOI Joint Program students are top priority throughout the year; others are accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Housing Office is located within WHOI's Academic Programs Office and can be reached at 508.289.2389 or