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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe walking alone at night on campus (I'm a petite female). I try to avoid doing do as often as possible, but there's usually nothing too crazy going on. If I can, I'll walk in a group or take the Safe Ride back home.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: People are still prone to danger

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus though not in Cambridge. Still, there are some parts of campus I avoid at night (the eastern side).

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes, bikes get stolen, but the campus is generally pretty safe.

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.


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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 30 responses

  • 19% None
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 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 8 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 28 responses

  • 32% High quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 36% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 72% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% 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 29 responses

  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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