Weather

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston, take it as you will.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: New England, what can I say

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is awful and makes everyone depressed. Nobody comes to Boston for the weather.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Weather is pretty unpredictable, so you need to pay close attention to weather forecasts to avoid getting rained on. The winter is long and snow is heavy. However, as long as you have all the winter garbs wintering in MIT is not as bad as it might look, as the facilities do pretty good job of clearing snow, and most of MIT main campus buildings are connected to each other.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It seems like everyone warned me about the weather before I came here, but it hasn't been as bad as I expected. It's usually pretty pleasant, if a little on the cold side.

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  • 184th
    Coldest Winters
  • 419th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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Weather is one of the MIT students’ greatest gripes, next to work. The reason is that you simply never know what it’s going to be like on any given day. Temperatures can range from below zero freezing in the winter to high 80s and humid in the summer. During the school year, the weather is usually fairly cold. If you’ve never lived through cold weather before, be prepared for a shock. Basically, be sure to bring a wide variety of clothes, but the things that you absolutely need are a thick winter coat, waterproof shoes, and a hat. There is nothing worse then watching Californians trying to struggle through that first cold week without enough winter clothing. Fortunately, most of the MIT class buildings are all connected, so depending on where you live, you may not have to be in the cold for very long. And even if it was freezing rain when you walked to class in the morning, it could be sunny and clear by the time you leave to go home in the afternoon.

Despite the temperatures, try to get out and play at least once in a while. Usually on the night of the first snowfall, students abandon their studies to play snow football or have snowball fights. One recent winter, MIT even had a snow day! Don’t count on that happening too often, but it’s at least something to hope for.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 56 °F
Spring - Low: 41 °F
Summer - High: 80 °F
Summer - Low: 63 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 47 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 25 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.56 in./month
Summer: 3.22 in./month
Fall: 3.75 in./month
Winter: 3.65 in./month

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