The campus is dotted with take-out cafés that serve up coffee, lattes, soups, sandwiches, salads and wraps.
Places to buy pre-made food on campus:
- Forbes Family Cafe (in the Stata Center)
- Bosworth's (in Lobby 7)
- Pacific St. Café
- Café 4 (at the intersection of Building 4 and Building 12)
- Steam Café (on fourth floor of Building 7)
- Bio Café (in Building 68)
- Refresher Course Café (at Sloan)
- Au Bon Pain (Kendall)
- Food trucks (outside MIT Medical)
Places in the Student Center:
- Anna's Taquería
- Dunkin Donuts
- Cambridge Grill
- LaVerde's Market
- Lobdell Food Court: Shinkansen, Cafe Spice, Subway
A short walk down Main Street or Massachusetts Avenue toward Central Square reveals a smorgasbord of ethnic food options (as well as traditional American fare)—including choices from India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Ethiopia, Greece, Thailand, China and Korea.
Five dorms have dining halls, which offer meat and vegetarian entrées, cooked-to-order grill and stir-fry options, full delicatessen and self-serve options. Residents of these dorms are required to buy dining plans; students in many other living groups also choose to buy into the meal plan. The dorm dining halls are all open to the entire MIT community.
- McCormick Hall
- Baker House
- Next House
- Simmons Hall
- Maseeh Hall
Simmons additionally has a Late Night Café, purveyor of bubble tea, decadent pastries and savory steamed buns.
There are two convenience stores on campus: LaVerde's Market in the Student Center, and a convenience store in MacGregor House.
The closest real grocery store is Shaw's supermarket on Massachusetts Avenue (about a 10-minute walk from 77 Mass Ave, a little longer from most dorms). There are other grocery stores a few minutes farther away, including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Harvest Coop in central square is similar to Whole Foods (but smaller), and takes TechCash. Several shuttle busses go between the dorms and grocery stores, often on weekends.
A weekly produce market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, and spices in the East Campus courtyard during the warmer months, and inside of the Stata center during the winter.
Every dorm has at least one kitchen available for residents' use, and most dorms have many kitchens. Students in dorms without dining halls will generally use their hall kitchens for meals. Cooking classes are often sponsored in these dorms, and group cooking brings people together in the evenings. If you think you "can't cook," remember that your labs are probably much more difficult than cooking a simple meal.
Kosher meals are served at the Howard Dining Hall at Maseeh Hall. Kosher Dining at MIT adheres to the highest standards of Jewish dietary law. Program oversight is by the Vaad Harabonim of New England [Rabbinical Council of New England], MIT Campus Dining, and MIT Hillel. The Howard Dining Hall in Maseeh Hall offers a dedicated kosher station during lunch and dinner. Also, many MIT food outlets carry kosher sandwiches, and some dorms feature kosher cooking facilities.
Muslim students will find halal menu offerings at The Howard Dining Hall in Maseeh Hall, Baker House, and McCormick Hall. Sepal, located in the Lobdell Food Court, has a fully halal menu.
Vegetarian and Vegan Eating
?If you observe a vegetarian diet, you will find choices at every restaurant on campus. All House Dining locations offer extensive vegetarian menus. Wherever possible, dedicated equipment is used to prepare and maintain the integrity of vegetarian offerings. Vegan students may enjoy dining at the Clover Food Truck.
Off campus, Boston and Cambridge are fairly liberal towns, and vegetarian options can be found almost everywhere.