Student Space Enhancements

Projects to enhance student spaces on campus

Following is a list of some of the projects undertaken by DSL and partners to improve and increase spaces available to students. These spaces address a wide variety of needs--from lounges to athletic facilities to an at-cost grocery and cafe--and they represent MIT's significant investment in student community spaces. Follow the links to learn more.

Athena Cluster Lounge on the fifth floor of Stratton Student Center [COMPLETED]: The lounge is designed to reflect the way students work and study now, and reflects input from the Committee on Student Life and students, faculty, and staff on the Campus Activities Complex Advisory Board. News W20 Athena Cluster Lounge
A Room of Quiet Meditation Space in Walker Memorial [COMPLETED]: A Room of Quiet, for use by chaplains and the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life, offers students a new space dedicated to meditation, quiet prayer, or silent reflection. The space is made possible in part by a grant from the MindHandHeart initiative, and with input from the Undergraduate Association Innovation Committee. Walker Meditation Space

SPXCE Intercultural Center [COMPLETED]: With a student-centered approach, the Social Justice Programming & Cross Cultural Engagement Intercultural Center (SPXCE, pronounced "space") works to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming MIT campus climate. As a collaborative initiative between the Office of Multicultural Programs and LBGTQ@MIT, the SPXCE provides intersectional social justice education, support, community-building, and leadership development. The SPXCE serves as a place where students can feel at home and exist in their wholeness while exploring all of their identities authentically with compassion and care. Hours | News


TechMart At-Cost Grocery in Walker Memorial [COMPLETED]: Open to all MIT students, and carrying a wide variety of foods, from fresh produce and proteins (meat and tofu) to spices and sauces, all sold at-cost. Co-located with pick-a-lunch in the Pritchett Dining Room on the second floor of Walker Memorial. Hours | News

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Pritchett Dining Room in Walker Memorial [COMPLETED]: In this fun, updated space, MIT Dining installed pick-a-lunch, a new flexible concept that allows diners to select one from a number of entrees (including sandwiches, salads, and hot options), then choose two from a rotating list of sides (e.g., chips, fruit, dessert), and a beverage, all for one meal swipe. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free options. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm.

Rebecca’s Late Night Café, located in Walker Memorial’s Pritchett Dining Hall, is open from 3 to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday.

New Rainbow Lounge in Walker Memorial [COMPLETED]: A cozy east-campus home for LBGTQ+ student groups that hosts group meetings, movie nights, discussions, guest speakers, and study breaks. It’s also a great place to hang out and meet new people. Hours

Rainbow Lounge in Walker Memorial

Pierce Boathouse [COMING SOON]: A gift from Richard J. Resch '61 will support a significant renovation of the Harold W. Pierce Boathouse. The plans include redesigned locker rooms; increased space in the workout area, which houses the ergometers; new coaches' offices; and an area for coaching meetings. In addition, there will be an increase in the amount of space dedicated to boat storage, along with the extension of a wrap-around deck that will add a second egress to the building. News