What’s in each room?

Every room has a bed, desk, chair, and book case for each occupant. In the East and West Towers, there is a built-in bureau for each uncrowded occupant. The bureaus contain a small vanity with a mirror and light, drawers, a closet space, and storage cabinets. In crowded rooms, an armoire is added to accommodate the storage needs of the added person. East Tower rooms have carpeting, while West Tower and Annex rooms are tiled. Heating is provided, but there is no air conditioning. There is access to the MIT wireless networks throughout McCormick, and there is a ethernet port that can accommodate an internet connection in each room. Housing also has their own Virtual Tour which can be accessed here.

What’s on each floor?

WEST TOWER: Each floor is corridor style and has a kitchen, two communal bathrooms, and a “laundry room” equipped with two large sinks, an ironing board and iron, and a clothes drying rack. Washers and and dryers are located in the basement. Graduate Resident Tutors (GRTs) live on floors 3, 4, and 6, and are each responsible for residents on two floors. Each floor contains doubles facing the Charles River and Kresge Oval, as well as singles facing the courtyard and Green Hall, for a total of about 26 residents per floor. The second floor has only seven residents with a kitchen, lounge, and bathroom because the Housemasters’ apartment occupies the other half of the floor. Rooms and hallways in the West Tower do not have carpeting. Floors in the West Tower can be accessed by the elevator or stairs.

The three images below depict a crowded triple in the West Tower. This room would typically be a double, but may be crowded to be a triple (as shown). It includes a bed, desk, bookcase, and dresser for each person living in the room:

EAST TOWER: Every floor has two suites, each with a kitchen and communal bathroom. The Graduate Resident Tutors (GRTs) live on floors 3, 5, and 7, and are each responsible for residents on two floors. Each suite contains approximately 8 to 10 single rooms, with various sizes as described below. All rooms and hallways in east tower have carpeting, while kitchens and bathrooms are tiled. Floors in the East Tower can be accessed using the elevator or stairs.

Types of Singles in the East Tower:

  • BOX: A “box” is the third largest single in McCormick. Rooms x24, x26, x34, x37 (where “x” denotes the floor number) are boxes.
  • SHOEBOX: A “shoebox” is the smallest single in McCormick. Room numbers of shoeboxes are x21, x30, x31, x40 (where “x” denotes the floor number).
  • CORNERS : These rooms are the second-smallest singles in the dorm. Rooms x22, x29, x32, x39 (where “x” denotes the floor number) are corners.
  • L : An “L” is the second-largest single room in McCormick (the largest is the first floor single in the Annex). The room is so named because there is a little alcove area that makes the room into an “L” shape. Rooms numbered x23, x28, x33, x38 (where “x” denotes the floor number) are L’s.

The three images below depict an L, the largest type of single in the East Tower, with the furniture included in a typical single: a bed, a desk, a bookcase, and a dresser:

ANNEX: The Annex is a small three-story row house that was added to McCormick in 1999. Each floor has three or four rooms—mostly double and triples, with a couple of singles. The Annex first floor single is the largest single in McCormick and is the only one that is handicapped-accessible. Each floor has a communal bathroom. A large kitchen on the first floor is shared by the whole Annex. The floor tutor is on the 2nd floor. The Annex has its own lounge, laundry, and storage facilities in the basement. The floors of the annex are linked by staircases.

BASEMENT: In the basement there are two soda machines, a snack machine, the Laundry Room (with washers, dryers, folding tables, and sinks), storage rooms, and the Game Room.

NOTE: Until a floor reaches a unanimous vote at a floor meeting, the bathroom(s) for the floor are single sex (women only). There is a men’s bathroom on the first floor and a unisex bathroom in the East Penthouse.

What’s in the kitchen?

In the East and West Towers, each kitchen has a stove, a sink, a cabinet for each resident, and a refrigerator. While each resident can store a small amount in the floor/suite fridge, many residents choose to have their own mini fridges in their rooms. The amount of cupboard space varies depending on the floor, and most the of the cabinets are capable of being locked (you provide the lock). Students are responsible for bringing cooking and eating implements (some items can be borrow from the House Government-run Dish Closet), and they are responsible for keeping the kitchens clean. Cleaning staff mop the floor and wipe the counters.

What else is in McCormick?

ART GALLERY : Located near the West Tower on the first floor, the McCormick Art Gallery includes works by MIT students. The exhibited works change every few months. Art Gallery
ATHENA CLUSTER : This recently updated cluster contains seven Athena computers, comfortable rolling chairs, and one black and white printer.
COUNTRY KITCHEN : Located next the annex, this is a large room equipped with a fridge, sink, stove, oven, large countertops and cabinets. McCormick House Government, residents, and other student groups often use the country kitchen to host events that involve cooking and serving food. Country Kitchen
DINING HALL : McCormick’s dining hall offers breakfast (brunch on the weekends) and dinner. Offerings include made-to-order omelets and stir fry, crepes, soup, and a salad bar as well as daily specials. The dining hall offers a variety of Halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. All residents are required to be on a meal plan. Dining HallDSC_0050
COURTYARD : The courtyard is an open patio found between the two towers of McCormick. It has several small seating areas. Courtyard
DATE ROOMS : Date rooms can be found along the north wall of McCormick’s first floor and are furnished with a couch and/or chairs and table. The name is a remnant of the days when men were not allowed upstairs in McCormick. Today, they are be used for study sessions, small meetings, etc. These rooms can be reserved by all McCormick residents and keys can be borrowed from the front desk. Date RoomDate Room
DISH CLOSET : House Government has a collection of dishes, bakeware, cookware, etc. that may be borrowed. In order to borrow items from the dish closet, you just fill out and submit the online form to the Dish Closet Chair at least 48 hours before you need items. The Dish Closet also contains some of Katharine Dexter McCormick’s china. It is located across from the dining hall on the first floor. Dish Closet
EXERCISE ROOM : The exercise room is in the East Penthouse, overlooking west campus. It is equipped with a bike, two treadmills, two ellipticals, a rowing machine, weights, yoga balls, exercise mats, and other equipment. The House Government Athletic Chair works to maintain the exercise room, and takes resident suggestions for new items to purchase each semester. Dish Closet
FRONT DESK : The front desk is staffed by McCormick residents from 7:30 am to 12:45 am seven days per week. At desk, you can check out keys to public spaces, borrow games and movies, pick up packages, and drop off mail to be sent. A professional security worker is also present at the front desk. The security worker checks in guests, provides residents with replacement keys if they are locked out of their rooms, and generally works to make sure the building is safe.
GAME ROOM: The Game Room is located in the basement below the East tower. There are ping pong, foosball, and pool tables for residents to use. There is also a Wii, a new large television, and a whiteboard wall.
GUEST ROOMS : There are six guest rooms that can be reserved by McCormick residents. There is one located on each floor of the East Tower. Please see Guest Room Reservation information for rules.
DANCE STUDIO : The Dance Studio (renovated in 2005) can found on the first floor. It features skylights, a hardwood floor, floor-to-ceiling mirrors on one wall, and a barre on the other three. The room can be reserved by residents for dance practice, and the key can be checked out from desk. Student groups including Bhangra and Dance Troupe can often be found practicing here.
LAUNDRY ROOM : The laundry room is in the basement below the West Tower and it contains washers, dryers, and sinks. It is shared by residents of the East and West Towers. 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. There are 2 additional washers and dryers located in the basement of the Annex for Annex residents.
LIVING ROOMS : There are two living rooms found on the first floor, the Brown Living Room and the Green Living Room. Each is named according to the color of the carpet and furniture in the room. Each room has a grand piano and comfortable furniture. Both can be reserved for group meetings, but are also great for studying or relaxing. Lots of fun events are held in the living rooms, including monthly House Meetings and De-Stress Night before finals. DSC_0074
LOBBY : The entrance to McCormick includes a lobby with a seating area. The lobby also includes a mailbox for each resident and the Front Desk. DSC_0097DSC_0098
MUSIC ROOM : The music room is located in the East Penthouse. There is one upright piano in the music room and several music stands. There is enough room for nearly a dozen people, so the room is often used by a capella groups for practices. The key may be checked out at the front desk. DSC_0043
PENTHOUSES : There are two penthouses: the East Penthouse and the West Penthouse. Each has a lounge space with an amazing view of Boston and the Charles River. The East Penthouse also contains the gym, music room, sewing room, and the Kitchen in the Clouds. There is also an herb garden surrounding the East Penthouse that the GRTs maintain. These penthouses can be reserved through the Room Reservation Chair. To get to the West Penthouse you must take the stairs from 7W, but you can reach the East Penthouse with the elevator. DSC_0031DSC_0032DSC_0038
PRIVATE DINING ROOM : Located directly across from the West Tower elevator, this room contains a long dining table and is used for medium sized dining events and meetings. This room must be reserved and the key may be checked out at the front desk. DSC_0126
SEMINAR ROOMS : There are two seminar rooms on the first floor of McCormick. Each has a chalk board, table, and seating for 10-15 people. They can be used as study spaces or meeting rooms. They can be reserved by McCormick residents, and the keys can be checked out from the front desk. DSC_0073
SEWING ROOM : The sewing room is located in the East Penthouse, and can be accessed using the key checked out from desk. There are three sewing machines in this room, as well as a craft closet from which residents can borrow tools and supplies. It is maintained by the House Government Sewing Room Chairs.