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. Use the campus map to find specific buildings or to find the names for buildings.
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.
How to get around
The best navigation aid is the online campus map . Under the "Locate a feature" option, you can search the campus map for any landmark, building, department, or street.
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 $.90 each way; exact change 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). Subway fare is $1.25 each way, and tokens may
be purchased at most subway stations. All public transportation systems
run between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:30 am. 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. Towards the end of spring, the expected temperature ranges from 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 23 degrees Celsius). Rain is always an option, though less likely this time of the year. Check the Greater Boston Weather Forecast for current conditions.