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About Cook-for-Yourself Communities

MIT supports students who wish to have individual control over their meals and dining schedule. Seven residences are equipped with kitchens on each hallway or floor. Called “Cook-For-Yourself” communities, these residences are: Bexley Hall, Burton-Conner, East Campus, MacGregor House, New House, Random Hall, and Senior House.

Students in these Cook-For-Yourself communities benefit from the unique opportunities associated with shopping for and preparing their own food. Additionally, each Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., students can purchase over 30 different types of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at the MIT Produce Market, which is operated by Russo’s Market of Watertown. This Cook-For-Yourself option offers students the opportunity to:

  • Build a community around cooking.
  • Be responsible for planning, prep, and cleanup.
  • Set personal meal times and menus.
  • Control costs directly.

Note: Students in Cook-For-Yourself communities may enroll in the House Dining Meal Plan Program to broaden their community building. Visit the House Dining Meal Plan Program website to learn about this option.

Any student may also eat in the house dining halls without enrolling in a meal plan. Non-plan cash or TechCASH prices are as follows: Breakfast - $7.50, Lunch/Brunch - $11.00, and Dinner - $13.50.

There are several supermarkets near the MIT Campus. Shaw’s Star Market, located near MIT’s Northwest campus, has traditional grocery offerings including a deli and bakery. The Harvest Co-op on Mass Ave. in nearby Central Square accepts TechCASH and sells organic, natural, gourmet and conventional products and supports sustainable agriculture, certified organic, fair trade and local and small family farms in their buying practices. MIT also operates shuttles to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods stores, which are located close to the MIT campus.

Groceries are also available from the on-campus convenience stores LaVerde’s Market and MacGregor Convenience, which both accept cash and TechCASH.