About Westgate

Building W85
540 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

+1 (617) 452-5146

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The Westgate Family Housing Community consists of a high-rise tower with 90 efficiency apartments and 60 one-bedroom apartments, as well as 60 two-bedroom apartments divided between four buildings built around the playground area. The building is open to MIT graduate and undergraduate families, and is administered through the MIT housing office.

Westgate is located on the western edge of campus [map]. The main campus academic buildings are a 10 minute walk away, while the Kendall T stop is a 20 minute walk away. The MIT TechShuttle and SafeRide both provide regular, easily accessible transport to other parts of campus, and the grocery shuttle runs to a local supermarket on Saturdays. Parking is available for a fee in small lots around the low-rise buildings, and in a large gated lot adjacent to the high-rise building.

All apartments are unfurnished and uncarpeted; refrigerators and stoves are provided. Photographs of apartments can be found on the virtual tour. There is a common laundry in the high-rise basement with a large number of washers and dryers at a cost of 75 cents per load. Apartments are heated but not air conditioned; you can arrange to have air conditioners installed according to the guidelines for installing an air conditioner at Westgate. Electricity, heating, hot water, basic cable TV and high-speed internet (wireless and wired) are all included in the rent. A basic telephone service allowing residents to receive calls or make on-campus calls is also included; full telephone service is available at an additional cost.

Community space includes a common lounge on the basement level, a children's playroom on the first floor, an exercise room on the first floor, and a large playground and barbecue area. The playground area is a popular social environment for families with children. Photographs of community spaces can be found on the virtual tour.

The Westgate Executive Committee

The Westgate Executive Committee (WEC) is the representative body of volunteers acting to advance the interests of the Westgate Community Association (WCA) on the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and within the greater MIT community as described in the Constitution of the WCA. The WEC also organizes and hosts events and activities for Westgate residents and their families and oversees the usage and maintenance of Westgate's facilities. The current officers and their responsibilities are listed below:





Paloma and Diego

Paloma and Diego lead the WEC, conduct meetings, and are our representatives to the Graduate Student Council.





Brij  & Summy

Brij & Summy track action items, manage the budget and coordinate funding.


Parents' Resource Coordinator



Tonya and Eldante

Tonya and Eldante organize activities and serve as a resource for families with children. She also oversees the playroom.


Couples' Resource Coordinator



Pavel & Valentina

Pavel & Valentina organize activities and serves as a resource for couples without children.


Partners' Community Coordinator



Marija & Ivan

Marija & Ivan provide support for international residents and organize events for spouses and partners at home during the day.


Information & Publicity Coordinator


Yasushi & Minori

Yasushi & Minori manage the Westgate website, mailing lists, lounge and barbecue reservations. They also organize and help publicize events at Westgate.


Wellness and Sustainability Coordinators


Loni & Eric


Loni & Eric coordinate recycling and sustainability efforts for the community, and oversee the community garden. 


Community Coordinators


Yi & Yang

Yi and Yang bring community together by organizing various events such as yoga and kickboxing classes and Friday BBQ over summer.


Social Chair


Roni & Ariel

Roni & Ariel  coordinate residents and WEC members to organize large events. They may also work with other campus groups.

Residential Life Programs



House Director



Naomi Carton

Naomi collaborates with the house manager, GC’s, and WEC to support and advocate for the Westgate community. She serves as a resource to residents around personal and academic concerns.


Michael Collins


House Manager



Michael Collins

Michael manages maintenance and the custodial staff. He oversees the Tang front desk and assists in event planning and execution. His office is next to the lobby in Tang Hall.