Advanced Study Program
Life in Cambridge
Find a Rich Campus and Community Life
The Greater Boston area offers outstanding educational, cultural, entertainment, recreational, and sports events.
Thousands of MIT lectures, conferences, and cultural events are created by and open to the community each year. Intellectual stimulation is inescapable. Recent lectures include Modern Optics and Spectroscopy; The Perilous Earth: Understanding Natural Hazards; What's the Matter with Antimatter?; Information and Decision Systems colloquium; and an architecture lecture on Transgressions.
Campus clubs and interest groups include an Anime club, a competitive ballroom dancing team, and the world’s largest open-stack science fiction library. MIT is particularly musical, with student groups ranging from the MIT Symphony Orchestra to the Balinese Gamelan Galak Tika. Visit the MIT calendar for daily listings of lectures, concerts, social events, sports, readings, theater, exhibits, dance, and conferences.
Cambridge, home to MIT and Harvard, is a global center of biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations, many founded by MIT alumni and faculty. Novartis recently moved its world R&D center across the street from MIT. Draper Laboratory is right around the corner. The Broad Institute, an MIT-Harvard collaboration devoted to exploring genomics for medical purposes, is next door. Cambridge cultural life is also rich with a variety of music, nightclubs, film, and the American Repertory Theater.
The greater Boston area offers world-class music, art, literary, sports, recreation, shopping, and history resources to explore. Look on Boston.com for theater and music performances, nightclubs, films, art exhibits, and restaurants. About Boston profiles diverse destinations and activities. The MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) offers reduced-cost tickets to selected events.