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Tour of McCormick Hall 2018

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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.

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 Advisors (GRAs) 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 images below depict a 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:

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West Tower
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West Tower

East Tower

Every floor has two suites, each with a kitchen and communal bathroom. The GRAs 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 images below depict an shoebox, the smallest type of single in the East Tower. A typical single has the following furniture: a bed, a desk, a bookcase, and a dresser:

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East Tower
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East Tower


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.


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

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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 an Xbox, a new large television where residents may watch subscriptions like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, xFinity on Campus, etc.
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There are 8 washers and dryers each. Washing cost $1.00 flat and each dryer cycle costs $0.25.


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.

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Kitchens & Lounges

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.

The lounges are on odd floors of East Tower and the second floor of West Tower. The lounge has a study area space and a TV which includes subscriptions like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, xFinity on Campus, etc. for residents to use.

The West Tower has one kitchen per floor. Odd-numbered East Tower floors have one kitchen and one lounge; even-numbered East Tower floors have two kitchens. 

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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, and the Kitchen in the Clouds. There is also an herb garden surrounding the East Penthouse that the GRAs 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.

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East Penthouse
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Outside View
Featuring the Boston skyline.
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Kitchen in the Clouds

Other Facilities

Other McCormick facilities are displayed in alphabetical order.

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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.
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Athena Cluster
This recently updated cluster contains seven Athena computers, comfortable rolling chairs, and one black and white printer.
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Brown Living Room
This room was named because of the color of the carpet and furniture. It has a grand piano and comfortable furniture. It can be reserved for group meetings, but is also great for studying or relaxing. Lots of fun events are held here, including monthly House Meetings and De-Stress Night before finals.
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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.
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The courtyard is an open patio found between the two towers of McCormick. It has several small seating areas.
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Craft Studio
The McCormick Craft Studio has a 3D printer, sewing machine, and serger that residents can learn to use. It also has other craft supplies that residents may use to create personal projects.
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Dance Studio
The Dance Studio 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Green Living Room
This room was named because of the color of the carpet and furniture. It has a grand piano and comfortable furniture. It can be reserved for group meetings, but is also great for studying or relaxing. Lots of fun events are held here, including monthly House Meetings and De-Stress Night before finals.
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The entrance to McCormick includes a lobby with a seating area. The lobby also includes a mailbox for each resident and the Front Desk.
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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.
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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.
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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.