Lodging and Parking Information


Directions to MIT

There are a number of options available for transportation to MIT. See the MIT website for directions, including parking suggestions.

Lodging Information

MIT does not provide housing for parents and families during Parent Orientation. Accommodations should be arranged on your own with a local hotel.  For more information, please refer to visitboston.org.  If you would prefer a room as close as possible to MIT, please contact the following hotels:

  • BOSTON MARRIOTT CAMBRIDGE (Discounted rate of $219 for MIT parents. All reservations must be made by July 30, 2019 to receive the discounted rate. )
    • Start date: 8/20/19
    • End date: 8/30/19
    • Last day to book: 7/30/19
    • Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate: Boston Marriott Cambridge  for 219.00 USD  per night. Please let us know if you have issues booking your room - it is possible the block will reach capacity, and we may be able to increase the number of rooms.
    • Book your group rate for MIT Parent Orientation

  • Le Meridien Cambridge (a short walk from campus) - 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, 617-577-0200

Parking Information

On-campus parking at MIT is very limited, so if you are staying at a local hotel, we recommend you leave your parked vehicle there and utilize public transportation.  On Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, there will be parking available on campus in the Albany Garage, with a daily fee payable by credit card.  The only on-campus parking option available on Monday, August 27 and any other weekday is the 139 Mass Ave Lot, which has a daily fee.  There is street parking available in Cambridge, and a number of public parking garages located in Kendall Square.

If you are arriving on campus to drop off your student’s belongings, you will be able to pull up close to your student’s assigned residence hall to unload your vehicle, but you will not be able to remain parked at the residence halls.

Baggage Storage

If you need to have your student’s baggage or belongings sent to Cambridge prior to their arrival, you must make arrangements with a separate company.  You cannot ship directly to MIT until your student has moved into their permanent housing assignment.