Acres (0.68 km2)
Gardens and green spaces
Residence halls on campus
Public works of art
Originally founded in Boston, MIT relocated to Cambridge in 1916. The Institute is an integral part of the city, a diverse and vibrant community of approximately 118,000 residents noted for its history, intellectual life, and thriving innovation climate. The city hosts more than 35,000 college and university students, many of whom live within its 6.43 mi2 (16.2 km2).
MIT’s campus extends more than a mile (1.6 km) along the Charles River. At its heart is a group of interconnecting buildings, designed by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889), that facilitate interaction and communication among MIT’s schools and departments.
The campus architecture showcases a range of styles, from neoclassical through modernist, brutalist, and deconstructivist. Among the timeless landmarks on campus are buildings designed by leading architects such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Fumihiko Maki, I. M. Pei ’40, and Eero Saarinen. Inside, state-of-the-art facilities support MIT’s research efforts in multiple disciplines. These facilities range from wet labs, clean rooms, and makerspaces to wind tunnels, robot and drone test labs, and a 237,777 ft2 (22,090 m2) nanotechnology and advanced imaging center.
- 24% reduction in MIT’s greenhouse gas emissions since 2014
- 15% decrease in parking at gated parking facilities on campus since 2016
- 4 Bluebike stations—with 106 docks—on campus
For students, the campus has 19 residence halls (11 for undergraduates and 8 for graduate students and families), each with its own distinctive personality and community. Urban and walkable, the campus encourages sustainable practices in many ways, offering gardens and green spaces, bike-share stations, and free shuttles.
At its edges, the campus merges with various Cambridge neighborhoods, including Kendall Square—where the close association of industry and research expertise has made this area the most innovative square mile on the planet.
Pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, Cambridge has six subway stations, a commuter rail line, 21 bus routes, 63 bike-share stations, dedicated bicycle lanes, and numerous shuttles and bikeways, enabling visitors and residents to get around without a car.