visiting MIT

getting here & getting around

getting to MIT

The campus map has directions for getting to MIT from the airport, via public transportation, and by car or Hood blimp.

Parking in Cambridge and Boston can be expensive and hard to find. Whenever possible, park your car at the hotel, and use public transportation to get to the MIT campus. If you must drive to the campus, on- and off-street parking is available for a fee, but most public parking is not very close to the center of the MIT campus. More parking information is available at the campus map website.

Visiting prospective students may park in designated areas on a first-come, first-
served basis.

Public Transportation
Boston's public transportation system, the MBTA, known as "the T", was the first subway in the United States, and continues to be one of the easiest ways to get around Boston/Cambridge.

The closest subway station to campus is Kendall Square on the Red Line, you may also want to consider going to Central Square (also on the Red Line) or taking the #1 or CT1 bus across the Charles River from Back Bay, depending on where you are coming from and your destination on campus.

Public transportation fares and schedules may be found at the MBTA website. If you are coming to MIT for an extended visit, you may want to consider buying a stored value CharlieCard or an unlimited use weekly or monthly pass.

how to read an MIT address

The main mailing address for MIT is 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Within MIT, addresses are designated by building and room number, i.e., “3-208”. That’s Building 3, second floor, Room 208.

MIT phone numbers

If calling from off-campus, please dial 1+ 617+ seven digit number, even when calling from within Boston/Cambridge. From a campus phone, use just the last five numbers, for example, 3-0148.

Find people on campus by searching the MIT directory online.

getting around campus

The Tech Shuttle provides free transportation around the MIT campus on weekdays from 7:15 am to 7:15 pm. The Tech Shuttle vehicles are accessible to those with disabilities. For the current schedule and information, visit the MIT Parking and Transportation Office website.

SafeRide shuttles run 7 days a week from 6 pm to 3 am weekdays and until 4 am on weekends. Maps and schedules are available at the SafeRide site. An accessible van is available by calling the SafeRide office at 617-253-2997.

For universal access information, please consult the printed map, available at the Information Center.

Kendal Station Take the T to Kendall Square.
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longfellow The Longfellow Bridge connects Beacon Hill to Kendall Square.
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bikerack Park your bike at the Stratton Student Center.
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