A New Vision for the
THE NEXUS OF STUDENT LIFE. Since the Stratton Student Center became a central part of MIT’s campus in 1968, our community has grown and student life has changed significantly. More than 50 years after its opening, the Student Center welcomes thousands of community members and visitors each day and hosts nearly 7,000 events each year with 200,000 participants.
The needs and expectations of MIT students evolved over the decades, but the Student Center remained largely static – a combination of 1960’s efficiency and 1980’s charm. Today, MIT is reimagining the Student Center as a campus hub for wellbeing, performing arts and dance, healthy eating, and community building, with enhancements that encourage students to slow down, care for their minds and bodies, and connect with others. The plans include an innovative Wellbeing Lab and targeted enhancements across four floors and outside, encompassing a network of flexible student spaces, community areas, infrastructure updates, and much more.
INTEGRATING WELLBEING & RENEWAL GOALS. Overall, targeted renewal of the Student Center will improve design coherence throughout the building, update infrastructure, create more adaptable spaces, and transform this dated facility into a modern, student-oriented nexus of activity. The result will be a welcoming, aesthetically coherent haven of warmth that reflects and supports MIT’s culture of wellbeing.
The Wellbeing Lab
Designed and dedicated to wellbeing, anchored with programs and services to teach and support students throughout their time at MIT.Learn More
Our vision is to improve rooms for dance and movement activities along with other flexible spaces for student group meetings and community gatherings.Learn More
Lounges For More Than Lounging
Lounges that will encourage students to relax and recharge, as well as exchange ideas, brainstorm, do p-sets, and network together.Learn More
Building community. Expanding horizons. Nourishing bodies.
At MIT, food builds community and expands horizons. We want the Student Center’s approach to food and dining to sustain people, connect one another, and celebrate different cuisines, dietary needs, and tastes.Learn More
Destination for Wellbeing
Building Student Community