The Campus

  • 166 acres (0.67 km2)
  • 20+ gardens and green spaces
  • 18 residence halls
  • 50+ publicly sited works of art

In 1916, MIT relocated from Boston to Cambridge, where the campus now extends more than a mile (1.6 km) along the Cambridge side of the Charles River. The heart of the campus is a group of interconnecting buildings, designed by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889), that facilitate interaction and communication among MIT’s schools and departments.

The architecture on campus now showcases a range of styles, from neoclassical through modernist, brutalist, and deconstructivist. Among the timeless landmarks on campus are buildings designed by leading architects such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, I. M. Pei ’40, and Eero Saarinen. Inside, you will find state-of-the-art facilities that support MIT’s ongoing research efforts in multiple disciplines. These facilities range from wet labs, clean rooms, and makerspaces to wind tunnels, robot test labs, and, soon, a 200,000-square-foot (18,581 m2) nanotechnology and advanced imaging center.

For students, the campus has 18 residence halls, each with its own distinctive personality and community. Urban and walkable, the campus encourages sustainable practices in many ways, offering gardens and green spaces, bicycle shares, and free shuttles. At its edges, it merges with various Cambridge neighborhoods, including Kendall Square—where the close association of industry and research expertise has made this area the most innovative square mile on the planet.