Getting to iHQ

COVID NOTICE: The general public is allowed in outdoor spaces and select indoor campus spaces; these include Building W20/Stratton Student Center (first floor and basement) and E38/MIT Welcome Center (first floor only). Otherwise, only authorized visitors are allowed inside MIT buildings. Go to for full detail.

Kendall Square: “The most innovative square mile on the planet.”

Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA is an internationally recognized innovation district that is propelled by the synergies of imagination and ingenuity.

iHQ is located in the heart of Kendall Square
MIT Building E38 at 292 Main Street
Floors 3–7
Cambridge, MA

Learn about Kendall Square:

The building, and what’s around

We share the building with our great partners at Open Space Programming, MIT AdmissionsOffice of SustainabilityEnvironmental Solutions Initiative, and J-WAFS.

We are situated next to a beautiful new open space, and across the way from the new location of the MIT Museum⁠ and MIT Press Bookstore. So you have plenty to do and explore as part of your visit. Crucially, from the perspective of our visitors, we are now directly atop the inbound Kendall/MIT Red Line stop.⁠

Hours of operation and access

Normal Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM-6 PM.

  • During these hours, anyone with a valid MIT ID that meets CovidPass requirements has access.

Outside Business Hours:

  • E38 Staff: 24/7 access
  • Students: Access only when signed up for after hours access. Apply here.
  • Invited Guests (via Tim Tickets): 6 AM – 6 PM

At this time, MIT buildings are not open to the general public. Learn more.

Getting to and from campus

The Red Line is almost certainly how you should get to campus! Or you could walk, or bike, or take a bus, or maybe a taxi/rideshare, if necessary. Note that both the inbound and outbound headhouses for the Red Line in Kendall are currently under construction, but they will be beautifully renovated (relatively) soon.

The worst option, by far, is to drive to campus. The traffic is very bad, the roads are confusing (and the GPS devices are often confused as well), and, although there is public parking next door at the new 25 Hayward Street underground garage, and other public lots in Kendall Square, it is very expensive and limited and generally an enormous hassle. We strongly encourage you to park further out on the Red Line (i.e., at Alewife, South Station, etc.) and ride in from there. In addition to being faster, cheaper, and better for the environment, you can conveniently visit many other colleges along the way! 

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