When we admit students, we don't just welcome them into our community, we welcome you as well!

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  • Congratulations on your student’s acceptance to MIT! Simply put: They’re amazing. And you played no small part in bringing them to this point in their lives. You are equal parts coach, counselor, and cheerleader, and we know you have questions.

    As an institution dedicated to hands-on learning and research, we want you to come find out what MIT is all about. That's why Campus Preview Weekend isn’t just for students, it provides family members with an opportunity to be a part of our vibrant community. CPW allows you to get a taste of student life and academics at MIT. Over 100 CPW events are specifically designed to introduce you to the MIT community from a family member’s point of view, and to answer important questions. At CPW 2019 we welcomed almost 1,200 family members of admitted students.

    Below, you’ll find information on everything from hotel rooms and transportation, to parking and weekend outings.


    We have reserved blocks of rooms, at a reduced rate, at several local hotels. Reduced rates are available for the nights of April 16–19. If you're reserving by telephone, please make sure to use the promotional code "MIT Campus Preview Weekend" in order to receive the reduced rate. All hotels are under a 10-minute taxi ride from MIT’s campus, and all offer parking for hotel guests. The number of rooms at the reduced rate is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Families seeking information on how to share a hotel room (and split the cost) with another family attending CPW, please email cpw@mit.edu.

    Le Meridien (0.5 miles)

    Boston Marriott Cambridge (0.7 miles)

    Hyatt Regency (0.8 miles)

    Courtyard Marriott Boston Cambridge (1.5 miles)


    If you have any questions about availability or prefer to book your room over the phone, please contact the hotel directly. 

  • Parking

    If possible, we strongly recommend leaving your car at home during CPW. Parking in Kendall Square is extremely limited during business hours. Both Boston and Cambridge are pedestrian friendly with ample public transportation options. All area hotels offer parking, and most are a quick walk, taxi, bus, or train ride from MIT.

    If you need your car, MIT offers limited free and paid parking options, but availability varies. There are also paid public parking garages in the area. Check out our interactive map to see all of your paid parking options, or print out this map to see all of the parking options available.

  • Things to Do

    There will be plenty to do around campus during CPW, but if you feel like experiencing Cambridge and Boston, there are some great options! The area is dripping with history, art, and culture. Walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers (and mothers) on the Freedom Trail, or visit where it all began in Plymouth. Check out the latest collections at the Museum of Fine Arts or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Hint: visitors named Isabella receive free admission at the Gardner museum. Hunt for treasures at the Cambridge Antique Market, or a new outfit on Newbury Street. For outdoor enthusiasts, stroll through the Arnold Arboretum, or take hike at the Blue Hills Reservation.