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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There has been a lot of attention given to campus security lately. MIT security has been getting tighter over the last few years, though I felt safe from the very beginning.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus aside from the Boston Marathon incident and shooting of police officer Collier. I walk home late at night and there are always people around and MIT police driving by so it is a pretty safe environment.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety is fine, no concerns. MIT Medical is inconvenient and generally unhelpful.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Little crime and very safe

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 573rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1084th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1133rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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MIT provides several services in the interest of increasing campus security. Student IDs are required at every dorm, and your ID only gives you access the dorm you live in. However, security in some dorms is better than in others. MIT runs a shuttle service after 6 p.m. called SafeRide from campus to various student living groups in Boston. Additionally, the campus police provide nighttime transportation for any students who request it. Finally, MIT has installed blue-light emergency phones all over campus that dial up 911 services.

As with any other city, Boston does have its share of safety issues and concerns. Since MIT is fairly self-contained, however, safety isn’t a problem on campus, where the most common crime is theft, usually of bikes or laptops. So if you own a bike, be sure to lock it up. In fact, if you are planning on buying a bike, try not to buy one that’s too nice because it will become a target. During the day, Boston and Cambridge are just about as safe as you can get. And although problems are uncommon even at night, students still need to exercise caution. Walking around the campus late at night is not an issue, but students should know better than to walk around the city late at night by themselves. If you’re going out at night, make sure to have a friend with you.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 86
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
MIT Police
301 Vassar Street, Building W89
Dial 100 from any campus phone
Safety Services
  • Bike and laptop registration
  • Blue emergency phones
  • Emergency medical services
  • Late-night transportation
  • SafeRide
Health Center
MIT Medical
25 Carleton St., Building E23
(617) 253-4481
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Emergency medical care available daily 24 hours.
Health Services
  • Allergy diagnosis and shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Dental care
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes management
  • Emergency care
  • Eye care
  • Health and wellness center
  • Hearing specialists
  • Lab services
  • Men's health
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Screenings
  • STD testing
  • Stress management
  • Travel clinic
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 25 responses

  • 19% None
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 40% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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