administrative resources

HST Informal Guide for Students

Updated for 2016 Orientation Packets.


1. All HST students must keep their contact information current through MIT, which is used as the system of record for many HST functions:

http://websis.mit.edu → for Students → Biographic and Emergency Records

2. All HST students must monitor messages sent to their MIT email addresses, which is often the default for HST administrative communications. To forward your MIT email to another address, see instructions at http://ist.mit.edu/email/forward.

3. All HST students should periodically check their MIT account statement at 

http://websis.mit.edu → for Students → Financial Record → MITPAY



HST students are fortunate to have access to two student lounges in TMEC 213 (HMS) and E25-519 (MIT). These lounges are available to all HST students. 

To access E25-519, swipe your MIT ID over the black proximity card pad to the right of the door. Please contact Traci Anderson (tanderso@mit.edu) if you experience any difficulty with access.

Lockers with programmable locks are available for short-term use in E25-519. A public Athena Pharos printer is available in the hallway outside E25-519.

All HST students also have access to the tea room and innovation space near IMES headquarters on the third floor of E25.

Please take care with your belongings. HST (MIT/HMS) is not responsible for stolen items, acts of vandalism, or accidental damage.  If you see suspicious activity in either lounge, please contact the appropriate authorities: in E25, call MIT Campus Police (617-253-1212 or dial 100 from any campus phone);  in TMEC, call HMS Security (617-432-1379).



Travelling between HMS, MIT, and labs in the hospitals will take you across Boston and Cambridge. Transportation options include:

This is the primary shuttle HST students use to get back and forth from MIT to HMS. See http://www.masco.org/lma-shuttles/lma-shuttles for further details. A valid Harvard student ID is needed to board.


Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) runs public transportation in the greater Boston area. This service includes buses and the subway commonly known as the “T”. Schedules and maps are on http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/.

MIT subsidizes the purchase of monthly MBTA passes. All HST students are eligible to enroll in the MIT subsidy program, and charges are posted to your MIT student account. Details are available at http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/tpass/students.html.


MIT runs a variety of other shuttle services available with a valid MIT ID; see http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/shuttles/index.html for more details.


MIT and Harvard provide information and discounts for various car-sharing services; see

http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/car_sharing.html and


All HST students are eligible to register for zipcar via MIT at http://www.zipcar.com/universities/massachusetts-institute-of-technology.


In addition to outdoor bike racks, E25 has a bike cage in the basement. Contact Hunter Lamer (rhlamere@mit.edu) to inquire about the availability of space and access to the cage. The number of spaces is limited, and they are allotted as available to those who spend a significant amount of working time in E25. Information about Fix-It Stations and additional secure bike cages at MIT may be found at http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/bicycling.html

HMS provides a map of bike racks on campus and in the Longwood Medical area -http://hms.harvard.edu/contact-us/maps-and-directions/biking-longwood-ca....

Hubway offers a bicycle sharing service with stations throughout the metro Boston area, including MIT and HMS - http://www.thehubway.com. Learn more about the MIT subsidized annual membership at http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/bicycling.html. 

Showers are available on the Longwood Campus to cyclists with a Harvard ID, see map at http://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Sites/Parking/images/shower%20map%202011.pdf



Student participation/input is always welcome!  The HST Joint Council is the official student government and advocacy organization for all HST students.  You can find out more at http://hst.mit.edu/people/students/student-governance and by attending JC events.

Both institutions provide comprehensive listings of community resources for students at http://resources.mit.edu/ and http://www.harvard.edu/students.