Learning the public transportation system is one of the keys to fully enjoying Boston. There are two main options: the subway (called the T) and buses. There are two T stops in and around campus. One is in Kendall Square, and the other is up Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square. Although there are various bus stops around campus, the main ones are at 77 and 84 Mass. Avenue.
Buses tend to run more frequently, but learning which bus goes where can be a pain. Many students will never ride anything other than the 1 and the CT1 buses that go up and down Mass. Avenue. Moreover, buses can often be delayed by traffic at certain times of day. On the other hand, the T is never delayed by traffic. However, there are fewer routes, but the buses tend to be cleaner. If you use public transportation frequently, you should consider buying a bus and/or T pass through MIT. The discount for students is 50 percent. In any case, public transportation will take you anywhere you want to go around Boston, and it's cheap. Although some of the facilities could be nicer, few are disappointed with the system.