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.