CAC Facilities

Stratton Student Center (W20)


Below are descriptions of Student Center facilities presented by floors. Please refer to the floor diagrams on opposite pages for additional specifics regarding room features.


First Floor

Stratton Student Center Lobby

Promotional tables in the lobby are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9AM and 5PM for student organizations and departments. Vendors, selling products and services, can apply to reserve a vendor table during the day. Occasionally, groups of tables may be reserved for events of general interest to the MIT community, however, special permission of the CAC must be obtained.


Second Floor

Lobdell Dining Hall (W20-208)

This facility is available Monday through Friday after 4:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday all day. It is generally used for parties, dances, movies, and banquets. If Lobdell is not reserved, the Lobdell balconies can be reserved separately (see their description under the Third Floor section). This room is equipped with a movie screen. Student groups are required to reset the room to its dining configuration after their events; a diagram is posted in Lobdell, and a CAC manager can provide a copy of the diagram if needed. If the reset is not done, a fee will be charged to the student group's account.

Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)

This is a multipurpose room with a wooden floor which is ideal for events such as parties, dances, large banquets and receptions, career fairs, lectures, and limited theatrical productions. This room is equipped with a movie screen, adjustable lighting, and theatrical lighting.

West Lounge (W20-201)

West Lounge has a laminate floor and double doors which lead into the Sala de Puerto Rico; therefore, it is often used to support large functions in the Sala (e.g. as a coat room or dressing room). It is also available to be used separately for luncheons, receptions, rehearsals, and meetings. West Lounge is equipped with a movie screen.

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Third Floor

Twenty Chimneys (W20-306)
and Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307)

These rooms are virtually identical and located across the hall from one another. Each is ideal for banquets, meetings, and lectures and may be used together and/or in conjunction with the Stratton Balcony for an effective workshop series or small conference site. Because these rooms are carpeted, no dancing is permitted. Twenty Chimneys is also adjacent to the South Lobdell Balcony which can sometimes be used in conjunction with a large event. Each room is equipped with a movie screen.

Stratton Balcony

This is the open lounge area located between Twenty Chimneys and the Mezzanine Lounge. It can be reserved in conjunction with an event in either Twenty Chimneys or the Mezzanine Lounge. It is ideal for registration, buffet setups, coffee service, and receptions. No alcohol is permitted.

North (W20-305N)
and South Lobdell (W20-305S) Balconies

Each of the balconies of Lobdell Dining Hall has a collapsible wall which is used to separate it from the Dining Hall. Each can be scheduled for events when Lobdell Court is not in operation. The tables and chairs on the balconies cannot be removed but may be moved against the wall or used in conjunction with an event. Each balcony is ideal for banquets.

Private Dining Rooms #1 (W20-301)
and #2 (W20-302) (PDRs)

Each room is appropriate for small meetings and small dining functions. Only PDR 2 has a movie screen. In addition, there is a collapsible wall between these two rooms which can be opened to accommodate larger events. Used together as one room, PDRs 1 &2 are ideal for meetings, lectures, and receptions. They can also be used as a support room for large events in Twenty Chimneys, the Mezzanine Lounge, and Lobdell. Because the rooms are carpeted, no dancing is permitted.

Private Dining Room #3 (W20-303)
and #4 (W20-308A)

These rooms have a permanent boardroom style setup consisting of one large conference table with 16 chairs around it. PDR #3 has a movie screen. PDR #4 has a whiteboard.

Coffeehouse Lounge (W20-308)

This room is a multi-purpose room. The Lounge is available for day and weekend events to all recognized MIT groups, and features a sound system, projector, and program media. On weekday evenings during the academic term, the space is available to student groups who are hosting events open to the entire MIT Community; these events require a special booking process, so get in touch with CAC for more information.

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Fourth Floor

Room 400 (W20-400)

This windowless room in the middle of the fourth floor has a permanent u-shape set up with additional stadium seating in the rear. There is both a movie screen and a white board in the room. The room is equipped with a projector. Alcohol is not permitted in Room 400. During the academic year this room is reserved through the Undergraduate Association (W20-401, 253-2696) for events Monday-Friday after 5PM and on weekends. Contact CAC for use of Room 400 before 5PM Monday through Friday and at all times during the summer months.

Room 407 (W20-407) and Room 491 (W20-491)

The room has a tiled floor, a chalkboard, movie screen, and coat hooks. The room is equipped with a sound system. The room is ideal for meetings; lectures; and music, dance, and drama rehearsals. Alcohol is not permitted.

Room 491 (W20-491)

The room has a tiled floor, a chalkboard, movie screen, and coat hooks. Room features a built in sound system, projector, and program media. The room is ideal for meetings; lectures; and music, dance, and drama rehearsals. Alcohol is not permitted.

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