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Whether you’re a prospective student or just visiting the Boston area, we invite you to explore our dynamic campus and experience firsthand how MIT is making a better world.

Currently, visitors are welcome in outdoor spaces and select indoor areas on campus, and may enter non-residential campus buildings while escorted. See the visitors policy for full details.

MIT is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, across the Charles River from Boston, in the vibrant innovation district of Kendall Square. Founded in 1865, MIT established a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America. Since then, the Institute has built a robust tradition of solving problems in the public interest at the intersection of technology and humanity.

Welcome Center

There is construction at the Kendall Square T station next to the Welcome Center; please leave extra time to navigate to our building.

The MIT Welcome Center is open at 292 Main Street in Kendall Square, conveniently located next to the Kendall/MIT MBTA subway station. Stop by to get guidance about visiting MIT and pick up a campus map (and to use the restroom, fill your water bottle, or charge your phone). The adjacent green space is also a great place to have lunch or take a break. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., excluding MIT holidays and Institute closures. 

The MIT Welcome Center is a gift of Tina and Hamid (SB 1977, SM 1978) Moghadam.

Front desk of the MIT Welcome Center. There is a large MIT logo on the back wall.

Campus Tours & Information Sessions

The Undergraduate Admissions office hosts virtual and in-person information sessions for prospective students. Visit mitadmissions.org/visit to register. Please note: We are unable to accommodate walk-in guests for information sessions, so please make sure to register in advance.

Prospective graduate students usually arrange visits through individual departments, though the MIT Sloan School of Management and select departments within the School of Engineering offer tours.

Students walk down the Infinite Corridor. The walls are covered in posters for events and activities.

Getting Here & Getting Around

A great place to start your visit is at the MIT Welcome Center, located at 292 Main Street, Cambridge. Parking can be tough here! We recommend public transportation or a taxi/rideshare service (such as Uber or Lyft) to campus.

Via public transportation

Boston’s public transportation system is the MBTA, known as “the T.”

  • Subway: From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). The ride should take about 30 minutes and is free. 

  • Bus: The 64, 68, and 85 lines stop near the MIT Welcome Center. The #1 bus stops on Massachusetts Avenue, about a 15-minute walk from the Welcome Center.

  • Shuttle: The EZ Ride shuttle runs to and from Boston’s North Station, with stops at Kendall Square and around MIT’s campus (Note: EZRide is not operated by the MBTA; fare is $2 cash per trip).

From Logan Airport

  • Taxi or rideshare: Taxi fare from the airport is about $35–$40, and a rideshare service can range from about $20–$35. During non-rush hour, the ride will take about 15 minutes; during rush hour, it may take 30 minutes or more.

  • Subway: From any terminal at Logan Airport, take the Silver Line bus to South Station. At South Station, change to the Red Line subway to Kendall/MIT (inbound toward Alewife). The ride should take about 30 minutes.

Amtrak

  • South Station, Boston, is the closest train station. South Station is served by the MBTA Red Line, which connects to MIT at the MIT/Kendall stop.

Bluebikes

  • Bluebikes is the Boston area’s public bike share program. There are several stations around campus for renting or returning a bike. Visitors may purchase an Adventure Pass, which is valid for 24 hours.

Parking

  • Parking in Cambridge and Boston can be expensive and hard to find. Whenever possible, park where you’re staying and use public transportation or a taxi/rideshare service. 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 campus. More parking information is available from Parkopedia.

People walk past the entrance to the MIT Kendall T stop.
A Red Line train travels over the Longfellow Bridge, which crosses the Charles River.
A person on a bicycle rides past the Collier Memorial.

While You’re Here

From art and architecture to history and culture, there is plenty to see and do, both on campus and in the greater Boston area. Explore the MIT Events Calendar to see what's happening on campus. Many events are open to the public.

Currently, visitors are welcome in outdoor spaces and select indoor areas on campus, and may enter non-residential campus buildings while escorted. See the visitors policy for full details.

On the MIT campus

  • Stop by Killian Court, the leafy oasis where we hold each year’s Commencement, and gaze up at the Great Dome. (At 8,800 square feet, it’s larger than the domes of St. Paul’s in London and the U.S. Capital Building. And it was the site of some historic hacks.)
  • Explore public art on campus, including works by Picasso, Calder, and other major artists.

  • Visit the List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s contemporary arts museum.

  • Witness the work being done at the cutting edge of cancer research at the Koch Institute Public Galleries.

  • See a display of hacks on the Charles M. Vest Student Street in the Stata Center.

  • Shop at the MIT Coop for MIT-branded apparel and other souvenirs.

  • Take in the galleries and exhibits at the MIT Museum—where art, science, and technology intersect—when it opens at its new Kendall Square location on October 2.

Around Cambridge and Boston

Other resources
Several people walk on the lawn in front of the Great Dome.
People pose for photos in front of “Alchemist.” The white sculpture is in the shape of a person's head and torso and is made up of numbers and symbols.
A brown and white life-size cow sits on a green platform in the Stata Center.
A sculpture created by Arthur Ganson composed of black wire. The shapes include circles, straight lines, and coils.