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4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Parties are basically centered around the fraternities. Some dorms do host parties, but they are not nearly as frequent as the ones held by a large number of our 20+ fraternities. These parties, however, do not last long as city regulations (Boston or Cambridge) limit most parties to ending around 1 or 2am (though there are after parties). This is unfortunately the same for clubs and bars in Boston. If you want to party till the morning every weekend, this is probably not the city nor college for you. Transportation at night is also limited since the T doesn't run that late.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is okay. Cambridge, MA isn't the most exciting.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Our school has a large number of parties on weekends (thursday through saturday). I don't know much about the bar/club scene and underage nightlife.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Mostly fraternity events, most of which are across the river in Boston. But there is a free shuttle that goes across.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: MIT is known for its parties so parties, often hosted by fraternities and sometimes by living groups and dorms, make up most of the nightlife on campus. However, some over 21 students go to bars. Frats are usually either within walking distance or accessible by shuttle.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 266th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 387th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 986th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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You might think that because of the work, no one at MIT ever finds the time to party. During the week, this is fairly common—in fact, some people even choose to work on weekends—but there is actually a large number of students who live by the motto, "Work hard, play hard.” One of the main attractions on weekends for underclassmen is fraternity parties—they’re free, and most are open to everyone, including students from the surrounding schools. Parties can range from more than 250 wall-to-wall people, to smaller, closed parties. Occasionally, certain dorms will also throw parties. This is usually where freshmen will go.

Unfortunately, most students tend to tire of fraternity parties after a couple of years. Luckily, there are many other options in Boston. Some people choose to go clubbing, and you don't even need to be 21 because most clubs are 19-and-over (to keep out high school students). Thursday night is one of the biggest nights to go out in Boston, and it is by far one of the best club nights. There are many clubs on Landsdowne, near Fenway Park, and some of the most popular include Avalon and Embassy. For the 21-and-over crowd, there are plenty of bars around Boston. One of the most popular with MIT students is Crossroads on Beacon Street.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Landsdowne Street (near Fenway Park)
  • The Theater District
Student Favorites
Other Places to Check Out
  • Aria
  • Club Europa
  • Gypsy
  • Karma
  • Landsdowne Playhouse
  • Tequila Rain
  • An Tua Nua
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong with ping-pong paddles
  • Beirut (Pong)
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Thirsty Ear Pub
Organization Parties
One of the best parts in the undergraduate career of an MIT student is Ring Premiere, when sophomores dress up to pick up their class rings, also known as the Brass Rat. The sophomore class council usually hosts the event in one of Boston's fancier hotels. Ring Premiere is one of the few times, other than convocation and commencement, when the entire class comes together. There are light refreshments and lots of excitement while MIT students proudly wear a piece of tradition.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Matrix

The Matrix is one of the many clubs in the Roxy complex. It has two rooms that offer different types of music. The Matrix also has underage nights, but the cover charge is higher for the youth.

275 Tremont St.

(617) 542-4077


The Roxy is a nightclub complex with several different places to check out. They host concerts with guests that range from Peter Frampton to George Clinton, and they also have 18-and-over nights.

279 Tremont St.

(617) 338-ROXY


The Embassy is a European-type club that offers both 19-and-over and 21-and-over nights. Drink prices are rather high, so bring your wallet.

41 Lansdowne St.

(617) 536-2100

Mama Kin

This Boston club is located across from Fenway Park, and it is partially owned by Aerosmith. The club's mission is to promote local music, and the building is divided into two rooms which host two separate musical acts-local bands in the front room and big-name bands in the Lansdowne Street Music Hall. All shows are free, casual dress, and 21-and-over.

36 Lansdowne St.

(617) 351-2525

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Jillian's offers a great atmosphere for eating American food like burgers, sandwiches, and pizza, while hob-knobbing with celebrities such as Derek Jeter, Mark Walhberg, Clint Eastwood, or Sean Penn. They have 55 pool tables, virtual games, and six full bars.

145 Ipswich St.

(617) 437-0300

Jake Ivory's

Jake Ivory's is a dueling piano show, open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Two fantastic pianists sit opposite each other and play their hearts out on rock-n-roll songs from the `50s to the present.

9 Lansdowne St.

(617) 247-1222


Crossroads is an Irish Pub that offers food, drinks, entertainment, and games. While munching on some good food deals, such as "Pizza and a Pitcher," you can watch sporting events on TV or play darts at the bar upstairs. Crossroads offers a nice laid-back atmosphere on nights when the rest of the city is too crowded.

495 Beacon St.

(617) 262-7371

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

A lot of Boston's nightclubs have under-21 nights. Unfortunately, they usually charge a higher cover for people under 21 because they can't buy drinks.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 56% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 11% Public transportation.
  • 11% Taxis.
  • 17% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% Parties? What parties?
  • 5% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 50% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 30% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
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