Stratton Student Center
The Stratton Student Center opened in 1965 and is named in honor of late President Julius Stratton, 11th President of MIT and principal advocate for the creation of the center as a vehicle for promoting and supporting campus life. The building was renovated in 1987, adding much needed lounge and casual seating areas.
The building is open 24 hours a day (valid MIT ID required for access between 1 am and 6 am), seven days a week and contains over 70,000 sq. feet of usable space. The Stratton Student Center offers several resources for the MIT community. From the basement to the 5th floor, you will find places to gather, study, dine, do errands, and relax. MIT students view the Student Center as their out-of-the-classroom home.
The Student Center houses 13 event rooms available to MIT student groups and departments. Most spaces are multi-purpose and are available in a variety of configurations.
The first floor serves as a campus commons where students congregate and meet. With over 40 student offices, 7 dining venues, a reading room with group study spaces, the campus’ largest Athena Cluster, an art gallery, an MIT Coop bookstore, dry cleaner, hairdresser, optical shop, barber, two banks, market, caffeine outlets, post office, and important Division of Student Life offices, there truly is something for everyone at the Student Center!