Useful information

Welcome to the Warehouse from all of your RAs! Here's some useful information for getting settled in the Warehouse, MIT and Cambridge in general.

Internet

The Warehouse is on the MIT wireless network. Your room also has wired ports for a more reliable internet connection - just plug in with an Ethernet cable and follow the instructions in your browser to register your computer. A lot of MIT websites will require that you use an MIT certificate, which you can get from MIT IS&T.

We also have two Athena computers available for your use in the Warehouse. You can use your Kerberos name and password to sign on to any of the Athena computers on campus at MIT.

Special Notice for Wireless Internet

If you ever encounter problem with connecting the wireless internet, please file a help request at the MIT IS&T residential computing webpage. Such feedback is important for MIT to provide a better internet service!

Mail

Your mailing address here at the Warehouse is:
Name
224 Albany St, Apt. #
Cambridge, MA 02139-4210

You can receive mail by using your room key to open your mailbox located in the front lobby, to the right of the front desk. If you receive a large package, a slip will be placed in your mailbox, which you can bring to the front desk to claim your package.

Trash and Recycling

Trash pick-up is in the mornings on all weekdays. There is NO TRASH PICK-UP on weekends and holidays. Do not leave trash during the weekends or between 7.30 am to 7:30 pm on weekdays, because it will not be picked up and it will stink up the hallways. Instead, you can bring your trash to the dumpster outside, at the SW corner of the Warehouse.

Recycling must be put into the appropriate bins on each floor. Large recycling containers are located on each floor.

Laundry

The Warehouse has a laundry room on the ground floor, and you can check its status online. Each resident will be provided with a laundry basket for his or her room. You may use quarters or MIT TechCASH to use the laundry machines. The front desk does not have quarters.

Common Areas, Kitchen, Gym

There are lounges located on each floor for study or recreational use. There are televisions with DirecTV in the ground floor TV room and in the 3rd floor study room. The Colbert Room has a pool table, ping pong table and foosball table, as well as lots of board games for your use. The kitchen can be reserved and use for all your cooking needs. There is a gym on the ground floor of the Warehouse, across from the laundry room. During the summer you will need to get an access key from the front desk to enter the gym. There are many items which you may check out from the front desk.

Transportation

MIT has a shuttle system that is free with your MIT ID for transportation around campus, Cambridge and Boston. The EZRide shuttle stops across the street at Pacific/Albany, and takes you to-and-from campus. The SafeRide shuttle gets you around Cambridge/Boston all nights. For more information on routes, schedules and discounted MBTA passes go to: http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/.

Groceries

There are several options for grocery stores around the Warehouse. Shaw’s (also called Star Market) is located about a quarter of a mile away from the Warehouse. You can find other relevant landmarks around the area on this Google map (please feel free to add important locations).

Safety

Around the MIT campus, and Cambridge in general, is pretty safe, but incidents do occur. Check out the following websites for safety-related information: MIT Campus Police, Cambridge Police, Citizen Observer

Recommendations from MIT Campus Police:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Program your cell phone with the MIT Police emergency number: (617-253-1212)
  • Please call this number if you become uncomfortable in any situation. DO NOT hesitate to call us.
  • Note the locations of the emergency telephones (blue lights) on campus.
  • Utilize them in case of an emergency.
  • Dial *100* from an Institute telephone if you feel you’re in danger.
  • Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or not paying attention while walking. Trust your instincts. Walk with a "don't mess with me attitude".
  • If you are approached by someone displaying a weapon and demanding your property, it is recommended that you comply with the request and not resist.

Phone numbers from institute telephones:
Emergency: 100 [To call for an emergency at MIT phone you must dial 100, not 911]
Medical Emergency: 3-1311
Campus Police: 3-1212
General Information: 3-4481

FAQ

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact the RAs at wh-ras@mit.edu.

Can I drink alcohol in the Colbert room? In the TV room? In the other common areas?

If you and less than 10 other people want to consume alcohol on the Colbert Room or TV room, you MUST obtain an alcohol sign from the front desk (more info here). You may not consume alcohol in the study rooms. You may, of course, drink in your own room.

Alcohol in the roof is prohibited.

How do I get the garbage disposal in my sink to work?

To operate the Insinkerator garbage disposal unit in your sink, first insert the plug, then twist until it locks into place. Now turn on the cold water and flip the switch.

Where can I buy furniture?

For room furnishings, MIT has a student furniture exchange located down the street from the Warehouse. There is also an Ikea store located in Stoughton, MA.

My light bulb blew out! Something's broken in my room!

If there is a problem with your apartment, please use the room repair form at atlas.mit.edu to report it. Note that by completing this form you authorize maintenance staff to enter your room until the work request has been closed.

Where can I get things notarized?

See the list of notaries at MIT.