The Campus

  • 168 acres (0.68 square km)
  • 20+ gardens and green spaces
  • 18 residence halls
  • 100 public works of art

In 1916, MIT moved from its Boston location to Cambridge, where the campus now extends more than a mile (1.6 km) along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin. The heart of the campus is the initial group of interconnecting buildings, designed by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889) to 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 remarkable landmarks on campus are buildings designed by leading architects such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, I. M. Pei ’40, and Eero Saarinen. Many of the buildings are compelling inside as well, housing state-of-the-art facilities designed to support MIT’s ongoing research efforts in multiple disciplines. These facilities include wind tunnels, linear accelerators, robot test labs, and—soon to be in construction—a 200,000-square-foot (18,580 m2) nanotechnology and advanced imaging center.

For students, the campus has 18 residence halls, each with its own distinctive personality and community. As a whole, the campus is urban and walkable. At its edges, the campus 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.