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Cambridge, MA
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4,480
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$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Overall Experience: I love MIT because of the people I've met, but I've struggled with my original decision to come here after spending four years studying something I don't like. I should've gone somewhere else, but I chose MIT because of the people and the environment. I wanted to be all hardcore and stuff. (Sigh) Silly me.

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Overall Experience: It gets better as you go along. The longer I'm here, the luckier I feel.

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Weather: Bring clothes for all weather types. Students must learn to check weather.com every morning, because the weather can, and will, change within hours.

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Weather: So far, it's been erratic. The winter has been pretty brutal this year, while the year before it was quite mild. Bring everything from shorts and tank tops, to ski jackets and hats because you might need it all-maybe even within the same month.

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Weather: Best thing to do is layer. If you are from the West Coast, buy your jacket, sweaters, and boots here.

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Weather: Today it's sunny, tomorrow it will snow, and next week we'll have 90-degree-in-the-shade weather.

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Weather: New England weather is crazy. One day, it's 90 degrees out; the next day, there's snow on the ground.

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Weather: New England weather is unpredictable, so pack for all four seasons. In the fall, long pants and a shirt with a jacket will keep you toasty. In the winter, wrap on a thick down jacket and slap on some ear muffs. The cutting wind, snow, and sleet, and the occasional blizzards will also require you to wear some tough boots. In the spring, do not forget to bring your umbrella. And if you stay for the summer, equip yourself with minimal attire: shorts, tank tops, flip flops, and an air conditioner.

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Weather: New England weather is very different. Going into fall, it gets colder and colder, but once we get through winter and spring comes, it is very nice. Because we are right next to the Charles River, our weather varies throughout the day. It can be cold in the morning, get warmer by mid-day, and get cold again in a few hours. Then it will get warmer again by nightfall. It gets hard when it comes to dressing appropriately for the weather, but we never get anything too extreme. Since I'm from New York, I kind of knew what to expect.

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Weather: The heat, haze, and humidity will probably make you want to crawl inside a freezer. Looking at the bigger picture, Boston's fall foliage, wintery snowfall, spring flowers, and summer sunshine are all actually quite nice.

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Off-Campus Housing: Most undergrads live on campus because off-campus housing is just not convenient in terms of affordability and location.

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Off-Campus Housing: Almost all undergraduates live on campus all four years. Frats house brothers, and some sorority sisters have housing, but very few people actually move into apartments as an undergraduate. Independent housing is expensive in the area, and transportation is a hassle if you don't have a car. Plus, most people stay on campus so they can take advantage of all that MIT has to offer.

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Off-Campus Housing: If it isn't in a fraternity or sorority, avoid off-campus housing like the plague until you're very, very rich. Cambridge is more expensive than Manhattan.

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Off-Campus Housing: It is expensive. People don't generally live off campus in Boston all that much. Typical housing is $800 or more per month, and that's a really good price, too.

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Off-Campus Housing: You don't want to live off campus. The dorms are great, and if you can find one bedroom to rent in a shared apartment in Cambridge for less than $600 month, you're a miracle worker.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is usually in a Greek house. Other than that, good luck finding a decent apartment that's cheap, or even affordable.

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Parking: Parking is pretty difficult and expensive on campus. Most students try parking on the Memorial Drive next to campus, but it is sometimes hard to find parking. I don't recommend driving.

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Parking: Student parking is available on campus, but I really wouldn't bring my car to Boston. Public transportation is way more efficient.

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Parking: Don't bother unless you're very patient or insane.

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Parking: Having a car in Boston is not a good idea. It's okay, but you don't really need it.

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Parking: It is very easy to park. I brought my car up here as a sophomore; freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus. You can pay to park in the MIT lots, which are very expensive, or you can park on the streets for free. I chose not to pay for parking, and I park my car right outside of my dorm, so it's not far away.

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Parking: Parking around Boston is generally hectic, but there are places. I always know where to direct people to park their cars, and it never costs money.

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Parking: Parking around campus is by permit only. Maybe you can get away with it once or twice, but you'll just end up getting towed if you do it too often. Like everywhere else around Cambridge and Boston, it's probably easier to get a bike or just rely on public transportation.

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Parking: You shouldn't bring a car. Parking is a nightmare-it is the same with driving.

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Parking: It's not great. You can get passes, but you probably don't want a car unless you're planning on driving back home a lot.

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Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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MIT students have a love/hate relationship with the school. They love the people and the atmosphere and hate the boatloads of work. Correction: Some people like the work and learning things, but most people hate being ignored by certain “research-oriented” professors. Most students who come to MIT had some tough decisions to make about schools before making a final decision, like “Should I go to Harvard or MIT?” and “Should I go to this in-state school with a full scholarship and a free computer or go to MIT and pay for almost everything?” Overall, every student, at some point, will think that they made the wrong decision, but it’s the fact that these people made the decision to attend MIT that sets them apart from the rest. Whether they knew what MIT was like or not, students here were willing to take the chance. As a result, the people at MIT are the most creative, helpful, brilliant, and unique in the world. MIT admissions doesn’t admit people accidentally—no matter how dumb you may feel when you fail your first exam. Everyone at MIT is incredibly down-to-earth, and everyone has the potential to do great things, even if everyone is deprived of sleep. It’s okay—you’ll find that some of the best work happens between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.

MIT will teach you how to survive on your own in the real world, and it will teach you more about yourself, too. Don’t expect to be babied—MIT is one of the most challenging schools in the country, but it is also one of the most rewarding. It is an opportunity that few are given, so don’t waste your time. While you are here, you will grow up and become an adult. You will form some life-long relationships, and if you survive, you will thrive anywhere.

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