Here's some useful information for new residents to help you get settled in the Warehouse, MIT and Cambridge as well as information that current residents will find useful. You can either use your browser to do a Find on this page if you're looking for something specific, or check the general topics below.
Be sure to check out the Policies page for information related to specific policies in place at Warehouse as regards alcohol, guests (including overnight and extended stay guests), pets, use of the two lobby freezers, quiet hours, noise, smoking, use of roof top deck and room reservations.
If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact the RAs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail and Packages
Your mailing address here at the Warehouse is:
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 package, it will be scanned by front desk staff and you will receive an e-mail that is available to be picked up. Please note that packages can be collected any day of the week but only between the hours of 8am and 11:30pm.
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.
You can stream cable for free and have access to DVR and on-demand cable features on the MIT campus using XFINITY on Campus. For more information, please see the MIT Knowledge Base on MIT IPTV Service - XFINITY On Campus.
Warehouse residents are subscribed to two mailing lists when they arrive, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. The wh-all mailing list is used for official communications sent to all Warehouse residents. Since wh-all is used for official notices from the RAs, the Heads of House, and House Manager, and accordingly, residents may not be removed from this list. wh-talk, on the other hand, may be used by all Warehouse residents to send email to other members of the dorm community. Additionally, the Warehouse secretary sends newsletters to this mailing list with information about upcoming events in the Warehouse and in the broader community as well as other community news. Residents may unsubscribe from wh-talk if they choose.
Our Front Desk is staffed during the hours of 8 AM - midnight every day of the week, and most days will also have a security guard after midnight.
Residents may borrow items for free from the front desk. A fee may be charged for front desk items that are returned late or not returned at all. Please note that items cannot be returned between 11:30 PM and 7:30 AM. See the list of front desk items and DVDs and Wii games that can be borrowed.
The Warehouse printer located near the front desk is for the use of Warehouse residents only. Please do not allow guests to use this printer. The printer is part of the MIT Pharos system run by MIT IS&T. Please see this information about MIT Pharos printing to learn how to use printers such as these.
Trash, Recycling & Compost
Trash can be left in bags outside your apartment door. Pick-up is in the early morning (typically around 7:30am) on all weekdays. There is NO TRASH PICK-UP on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. Trash should not be left outside your door if the next scheduled pick-up is more than 12 hours away. For these times (e.g. Friday mid-morning through Sunday evening), you MUST bring your trash to the dumpster located outside, at the SW corner of the Warehouse.
Recycling can not be left outside your apartment door. Recycling must be put into the large bins located on each floor. Two larger recycling bins are also located near the trash dumpster outside, at the SW corner of the Warehouse.
Compost bins and biodegradable bags are provided in your room. More bags are available at the front desk. Only food waste can be composted. Bring your compost in a biodegradable bag to the black bin with a green lid labeled "food scraps" located near the trash and recycling bins outside, at the SW corner of the Warehouse. There is NO COMPOST PICK-UP outside your apartment door or near the recycling bins on each floor. All compost MUST be brought to the outside bin.
Failure to comply with these trash, recycling, and composting policies will result in an automatic $50 fine.
The Warehouse has a laundry room on the ground floor, and you can check ithe availability on machines online here: status. 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.
To operate the Insinkerator garbage disposal unit in your sink, first insert the sink stopper/strainer, then twist until it locks into place. Now turn on the cold water and flip the switch near the sink. Avoiding flushing fibrous foods, grease, or eggshells down through the garbage disposal; consider composting these instead!
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 used for all your cooking needs. There is a gym on the ground floor of the Warehouse, across from the laundry room, and a smaller gym annex on the first floor with a stationary bike and elliptical machine.
Residents may store their bikes in the bike room in the northwest corner of the Warehouse, which may be accessed either from the alley on the west side of the building or through the lobby. Residents must use their MIT ID card to enter the room. Bikes may not be stored in hallways.
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/.
Nearby options for grocery stores include:
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 while on campus. DO NOT hesitate to call.
- 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
See the list of notaries at MIT.