The Boston & Cambridge area affords a great many sites and activities. Below are a brief list of Internet links to get started in planning your trip to the area.
- MIT Visitor Information
- Cambridge Office for Tourism
- Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
- Boston Visitor's Guide
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When someone gives you a location at MIT they will use a format such as E51-115. The first part, E51 in this case, is the building number. The second part, 115 in this case, is the room number. The room number will also indicate on which floor the room is. In this case, the room is on the 1st floor.
MIT buildings are numbered depending upon which section of campus they are. The campus is divided into six sections: central, west, north-west, north, north-east, and east.
Buildings in the central section of campus have a number between 1 and 100. Buildings north of the railroad tracks have an N preceding their number. Buildings east of Ames Street have an E preceding their number.
The best navigation aid is the online campus map.
For information on getting to MIT Campus, visit our travel information page.
There are a number of trains and buses which provide public transportation to the Cambridge/Boston area. The No. 1 bus stops at MIT's main entrance (77 Massachusetts Avenue), and provides service to Harvard Square and Downtown Boston. The CT1 bus departs from Central Square and also stops at MIT's main entrance. The CT2 bus departs from Kendall Square and stops at the corner of Vassar and Massachusetts Avenue. Bus fare is $1.50 each way; exact change or Charlie Card is required. The MBTA Red Line provides train service to the MIT area via stops at Central Square (on Massachusetts Avenue) and Kendall/MIT (on Main Street). You may find out more information, including information on purchasing a visitor pass, at the MBTA Web site.
Boston and Cambridge offer a wide variety of daytime and evening activities boasting a combination of tradition and trend. Historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Hall Marketplace, with their many fascinating shops, craft stands and restaurants, are popular gathering places for area residents and visitors from all over the world. The Copley Place shopping mall adds a different dimension to Boston's Copley Square, Back Bay and Prudential Center areas. Attractions of particular interest include the USS Constitution, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts. The historic Freedom Trail takes visitors from the Boston Common through the popular market areas of the North End and the waterfront district. Harvard Square, the Cambridge Common, and the university museums are but a few of the points of interest on the opposite side of the Charles River. One to two hours north and south of Boston stretches a magnificent and varied coast: from the rocky shores of Maine, by the stately mansions and sandy beaches of New Hampshire, along to the fishing villages and art colonies of Cape Ann, further on to Provincetown. The famous New Hampshire White Mountains are only 2 to 3 hours away.
Boston weather is known to be erratic. In the Fall the expected temperature ranges from 46 to 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain is always an option and snow is unlikely. Check the Greater Boston Weather Forecast for current conditions.