Ashdown House

Ashdown House

Located in the northwest corridor, Ashdown House features a mix of furnished apartment and suite-style units for one, two, or three occupants. The courtyard is home to an active community garden that allows residents to maintain their own green space outdoors.

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Why You'll Love It

  • Courtyard

    Two large courtyards with grills, hammocks, and community garden

  • Fitness

    Aerobics & weight rooms with a variety of fitness equipment

  • Pub

    Thirsty Ear Pub on site with frequent karaoke and trivia nights


This community has a One-Year Renewable License for MIT graduate students and Non-Renewable License for visitors, affiliates, postdocs, cross-registered students.

Unit Type





Unit Plan

Three occupants share an apartment with one bathroom. Each occupant has a private bedroom. These suites do not include a kitchen, but have access to community kitchens within the building.

QTY: 150

Three occupants share an apartment with one bathroom, a living room, and kitchen. Each occupant has a private bedroom. One bedroom may be on a separate level reached by stairs.

QTY: 96

Two occupants share an apartment with one bathroom, living room, and kitchen facilities. Each occupant has a private bedroom.

QTY: 88

Private apartment for one occupant with a bathroom and kitchen.

QTY: 204

Not all listed units or unit types are available.
* Utilities are included in your monthly rent. The residence assesses an additional $8 monthly house tax to pay for community activities.

A room with large windows, seating area and small table and chairs
  • BEDROOMS are furnished with an extra-long twin bed & mattress, nightstand, wardrobe, bookcase, desk and desk chair.

  • LIVING ROOMS are furnished with a love seat, two chairs, two end tables, and bar stools.

  • KITCHENS include a stove and refrigerator. Microwaves are included in some units.

  • BATHROOMS include a toilet, sink and shower. Wheelchair accessible units are available.

About the Community

As the second graduate house established in the United States, Ashdown pioneered graduate student housing, interactions, and culture. With a coffee hour every Thursday and multiple social events per week, Ashdown residents continue building on almost 100 years of community. It has a strong and active student government with over 50 students per year choosing to serve as dorm officers running fun events, hosting coffee hours, and performing the behind-the-scenes work that makes Ashdown a great place to live.

Ashdown House Community Website
A piano and table in a room with a glass door A room with a sofa, foosball table, arcade games and a hanging chair
  • FABYAN LIBRARY with antique tomes for perusing

  • Hulsizer room is a RESERVABLE COMMUNITY ROOM for resident events

  • PUZZLE LOBBY with a rotating selection of jigsaw puzzles, magazines & communal whiteboards

  • Two large COURTYARDS featuring picnic benches, grills, hammocks, community garden & a basketball hoop

  • MEDIA ROOM with 50” TV and surround sound with a variety of game consoles

  • PUB GAME AREA with pool and darts available whether pub is open or closed


  • THIRSTY EAR PUB open on Tuesdays and Thursday nights with frequent karaoke and pub trivia nights

  • A calming RELAXATION ROOM to melt away stress

Ashdown House

Building NW35
235 Albany Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Ashdown House Community Website

Renewal Policy

MIT Graduate Students: One-Year Renewable License
Visitors, Affiliates, Postdocs, Cross-Registered Students: Non-Renewable License

Construction Rider

Construction projects in an around Ashdown House may affect residents. Learn more about anticipated impacts of nearby construction.

Pet Policy

Pets are prohibited in any undergraduate or graduate residence unless specifically noted. Please read the full pet policy for more information.