Newcomers Connect


“I love asking new arrivals how they feel—it’s a simple action—but because I have been experiencing the same problems, I can understand how they may be feeling.”

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Newcomers Office Hours

Hosted by the MIT Spouses & Partners Connect staff, our weekly Newcomers Office Hour is a great opportunity to ask questions and get the information you need to start your life at MIT. Check the calendar for the next meeting.


Every fall we collaborate with the MIT Graduate Student Council to provide events that help you meet new people and get the information you need to begin a new life in Boston. Past events include a Learning Fair, Stroller Friendly Campus Tour, and many other events.

Wednesday meetings

Come enjoy a different activity and meet other spouses every Wednesday. Every week we invite speakers from MIT, the community, or our group to share their expertise; visit interesting places in Boston; or socialize around art and fitness.

  • When: Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m., from February to May and from September to December (unless otherwise noted on the calendar). The room opens at 3 p.m. for socializing and childcare drop-off. The activity begins at 3:15 p.m. and usually lasts about one hour.
  • Where: the Eastgate Penthouse on the 29th Floor. A MS&PC host will be in the lobby to greet you from 3-3:15 p.m. Otherwise you can call the Penthouse from the wall phone in the lobby to gain access.
  • Childcare: Babies and children are welcome in our meetings, and free optional childcare is available first come, first served, in a room close by during our meetings. Our babysitters have child care experience and have been CPR/First Aid trained. The youngest children we accept into the childcare room are babies who can sit up on their own, but we may be able to accommodate younger babies, depending on the day.

This video will show you how to access the meeting room and give you an idea of what to expect at our meeting.

Interest groups and classes

Our interest groups and classes are created and led by members. Members can come together to share interests and learn something new - from book discussion to cooking to fitness to parent-child playgroups.

Check our calendar for a complete listing of our groups and classes.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? You can create your own interest group. Write to us and we'll help you get started!

Online questions

If you have questions about our program or about living in Boston, please contact us here. Our team of volunteers would be happy to answer your questions.

Private consultations

Our Program Manager, Jennifer Recklet Tassi, can provide a private consultation upon request. Please email her directly at or call her 617-253-1614.