McCormick Hall Survival Guide
A more dynamic version of this page is available at the McCormick Frosh wiki.
- What should I bring?
- How do I get internet access?
- Do I have to clean my room?
- Where can I find floorplans of the building? Where can I find the square footage of my room?
- How many people share a bathroom?
- Do I have to clean the bathroom?
- Which bathrooms are women only, co-ed and men only?
- Are there public computers?
- How many kitchens are there?
- What eating options are available?
- What can I recycle?
- How much does it cost to do laundry?
We recommend the following:
Personal Essentials – personal toiletries, shower bucket, first aid kit, umbrella
Your Room – egg crate or memory foam bed pad, twin extra long sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, laundry bag/basket, towels, fan (optional)
Electronics – desk lamp, power strip, batteries and flashlight, cell phone, laptop, headphones
Kitchen – plates, bowls, cups, mugs, eating utensils, cooking implements
Clothes – casual clothes for class, heavy winter jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, sturdy walking shoes, warm socks (don’t wait until Thanksgiving to bring these items, as it usually starts to get cold in mid-October), and something nice for the McCormick formal, held during the fall!
Remember, McCormick Hall does not participate in FYRE so the room that you are assigned will be your permanent room for the semester. Thus, you can feel free to bring as much (or as little) as you want. However, unless you have a car, purchasing large appliances (e.g. mini-fridge or AC) or kitchen utensils will be a hassle. Most supplies that you need can be purchased online and delivered to the dorm.
Internet access will be available once you move into your room. Each room has an ethernet port and wireless access. More information will be provided to you once you are on campus.
No. But your neighbors would be very grateful if you kept your room, if not organized, then at least non-smelly. Remember that the custodians will not clean your room for you! So, stock up on towels, dusters/swiffer wipes, and cleaning agents.
Here is a link to the floor plans for the East and West Towers. When looking at the floorplans, the floor on the left of the screen is the West Tower and that on the right is the East Tower.
Here is a link to the floor plans for the Annex.
Here is a link to the room sizes for the East and West Towers.
Here is a link to the room sizes for the Annex.
East Tower – There are two bathrooms per floor. Each bathroom has 2 toilet stalls, 2 showers and 1 bath. There are about 19 girls per floor.
West Tower – There are two bathrooms per floor. Each bathroom has 3 toilet stalls, 2 showers and 1 bath. There are about 22 girls per floor.
Annex – There is one bathroom per floor. Each bathroom has 2 toilet stalls and 2 showers. There are about 10 girls per floor.
No. The custodians will clean the bathroom every weekday morning. However, please be courteous and hygienic by keeping the bathroom as clean as possible.
All bathrooms on the residential floors are women only by default. Each semester, the floor meets to decide whether the bathrooms are women only or co-ed. There is a men only bathroom on the first floor.
Yes, there is an Athena cluster with 7 Athena computers and a printer on the first floor.
Annex – 1 kitchen on the first floor
East Tower – 2 kitchens per floor
West Tower – 1 kitchen per floor
There are also several shared kitchens- the Country Kitchen on the first floor and the Kitchen in the Clouds in the East Penthouse.
There is a dining hall on the first floor. All McCormick residents are required to purchase the dining plan which includes a set number of all-you-care-to-eat meals per week at any dining hall (Next House, Simmons, Baker, McCormick, Maseeh). McCormick Dining is open from 8am to 10am for breakfast and 5pm to 8pm for dinner. During the weekends, there is brunch from 10am to 1pm instead of breakfast.
You can also purchase food from the Student Center. On the first floor, there is a grocery/convenience store (La Verde’s), a Mexican place (Anna’s Tacqueria), a grill (Cambridge Grill), and Dunkin’ Donuts. On the second floor, there is the food court which includes Indian, Japanese, and Middle Eastern stations, as well as Subway. The Student Center accepts Techcash. Many restaurants also deliver to MIT. A list of restaurants is available at Campus Food. You can also cook in the McCormick kitchens. Large grocery stores nearby include Star Market by the Le Meridian Hotel and Whole Foods past Next House on Memorial Drive.
There is a recycling bin for paper, plastic, and metals. There are also bins for recycling batteries, plastic grocery bags, and electronics on the first floor.
The washing machines cost $1 for each operation and the driers cost $0.75-$1 depending on how long they are run for. Payments can be made with quarters or a TechCash account.