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Health & Safety


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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: MIT administration and the MIT police department work hard to ensure its students feel safe.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel pretty safe around campus, however I do not know about many cases of sexual assault

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Campus Police really try to help students.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good services overall with many resources available; some complaints about specific departments.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Since MIT is an open urban campus, it's never completely safe. Despite that, it feels pretty safe as places are lighted, connected, and accessible. 24/7 study spaces are MIT ID-access only, which adds to that. However, since the campus is very long east to west, walking across campus alone at night to visit friends or study is often anxiety-inducing.

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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 39 responses

  • 20% None
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 68% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 58% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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