Last updated: October 11, 2022

Building access protocols remain largely unchanged from the spring 2022 semester, with several additional spaces now open to the public including in buildings 32, 76, and E25. MIT ID holders continue to have wide-ranging access to campus buildings; MIT campus outdoor spaces remain open to all. MIT continues to welcome visitors to open events and welcomes other guests who are registered using Tim Tickets or escorted by MIT ID holders.

This plan and policy are effective as of August 22, 2022 for the fall 2022 semester. See the current MIT map of building entry locations and the schedule of campus building exterior doors. Read more in the August 19, 2022 letter to the community.

Building access for MIT community members

Members of the MIT community who are in Covid Pass and compliant with MIT’s vaccination requirements can access campus buildings that they need to access in order to live, learn, or work at MIT. See the map for details.

Individuals in the following categories will also be entered into Covid Pass and must comply with MIT’s vaccination requirements:

  • MIT visiting student/scholar/scientist and research affiliate appointments (facilitated by the MIT department and school dean headquarters making such appointments).
  • Exchange or cross-registered students (facilitated by the MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor).
  • Contractors and service providers whose work requires planned access to campus buildings (typically facilitated by the MIT Department of Facilities or department hosting the contractor/service provider).

Building access for visitors

Visitors are welcome to campus and must follow all MIT Covid policies while on campus. Visitors are guests coming to MIT to attend a meeting, tour campus or a lab, pay a social visit, drop off a catering order, repair equipment, etc.

Visitors are not required to have a negative Covid test before coming to MIT’s campus.

The general public is welcome in outdoor spaces and in several MIT buildings during stated daytime hours. These include Building 32 (Ray and Maria Stata Center, first floor), Building 76 (Koch Institute for Cancer Research, café and first floor), Building E25 (atrium), Building E23 (MIT Medical), Building E38 (MIT Welcome Center, first floor), Building E28 (MIT Museum and MIT Press Bookstore), Building W20 (Stratton Student Center, first floor and basement), and W35 (Zesiger Center Sports and Fitness Center). The List Visual Arts Center (Building E15, or 20 Ames Street) also remains open to the public.

In addition to the above spaces that are open to the general public and MIT-guided campus tours, visitors can enter MIT buildings in the following ways:

1. Escort by MIT ID holder

Visitors may enter non-residential campus buildings from any access point if accompanied by an MIT ID holder who is in Covid Pass. Such visitors should be accompanied by a Covid Pass user while inside campus buildings. Covid Pass users may host a reasonable number of visitors at one time (e.g., the number of people that they can practically escort during a single visit) and are responsible for their visitor(s) for the duration of the visit.

Escorted campus visitors are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

2. Tim Tickets for unescorted visitor access

Tim Tickets, MIT’s visitor pass system, allows Covid Pass holders to invite visitors to campus and issue them a free digital pass, referred to as a “ticket.” Tim Tickets must be used to grant visitors unescorted access to MIT buildings and facilities.

When registering for a Tim Ticket, visitors are asked to accept MIT guidelines for building access, agree to adhere to MIT rules and protocols, and provide the following information:

  • Name and contact information (phone number and email address),
  • Covid-19 vaccination status: Tim Tickets users must attest to being fully vaccinated and boosted or to having a religious belief or medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.
  • Symptom status and wellness information for the day of the visit.

Visitors with Tim Tickets will receive a QR code that facilitates entry to MIT buildings and/or events. This map indicates the location of all building doors with Tim Ticket readers.

Some MIT locations are within buildings shared with non-MIT tenants (e.g., MIT laboratories in Building NE49 in Tech Square). In these cases, visitors can enter the building from the street and then find the Tim Ticket reader at the interior doors to the MIT-occupied space.

Any current MIT employee or student can issue a Tim Ticket to an invited visitor who does not have an MIT ID and Kerberos account, using the Tim Tickets feature in the MIT Atlas mobile application (available for iOS 13+ and Android 7+) or via the Tim Tickets visitor administration website.

Unescorted access to MIT buildings and facilities via Tim Tickets is generally not allowed for visitors under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hours for buildings open to the general public

The general public is welcome in the indoor campus spaces listed below during the hours noted below. Use of an MIT ID or Tim Ticket is not required to access these buildings during these stated hours. Note that these locations are not open to the public on MIT holidays and special closing dates unless noted otherwise.

MIT locationHours open to the public
Building 32 (Stata Center), first floorM–F, 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Building 76 (Koch Institute), first floorM–F, 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Building E15 (List Visual Arts Center)List Center hours
Building E23 (MIT Medical)MIT Medical hours
Building E25 atriumM–F, 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Building E28 (MIT Museum)Seven days a week, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Building E38 (Welcome Center)M–F, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Building W20 (Student Center)Student Center and Campus Activities Complex building hours
Building W35 (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center)Athletic facilities hours

See additional guidance for:

K-12 programs and visitors: Programs hosting K-12 visitors/minors should review MIT’s K-12 students and programs policy. Note that children who are under 12 years of age must either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or be participating in a registered MIT K-12 program. As noted above, unescorted access to MIT buildings and facilities via Tim Tickets is not allowed for visitors under the age of 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Prospective undergraduate students: If you are interested in learning more about MIT and our campus, we host both online and in-person information sessions and campus tours. There are also many resources on the Admissions website to help answer your questions and enable you to explore MIT on your own.

Other tour groups: Unescorted public group tours are allowed inside select campus buildings during posted days and times as mentioned above. Beyond that, visitors are welcome to explore our outdoor spaces on their own or with our self-guided walking tour. Learn more about visiting the MIT campus.

Research visitors: The following policies for research visitors are in effect:

  • Visiting scholars and research affiliates: MIT allows Visiting Scientist/Engineer/Scholar and Research Affiliate appointments in accordance with our policies. To access campus buildings, visiting researchers, like MIT students, faculty, and staff, will be required to comply with MIT’s vaccination policy and to participate in Covid Pass. For information about these appointments, see MIT Policies section 5.3.4 and 5.3.5.

    While this includes international visiting scholars and research affiliates, it is important to bear in mind that planning travel to the U.S. remains fluid and challenging. Visa processing times, for example, are likely to take longer than they did pre-Covid, and the government could impose at any time new restrictions on travel into the U.S. depending on public health trends in other countries and in our own country. The International Scholars Office can provide you with more information on a case-by-case basis about reasonable expectations regarding start dates for international visiting appointments. We ask for your patience and cooperation.
  • Visiting students: MIT is welcoming applications to the Visiting Students Program. For details about the program, please review the Visiting Students policy and consult with your department, lab, or center human resources administrator for local processes.

Residence halls and FSILGs: For visitors in MIT residence halls and FSILGs, please refer to the Division of Student Life guidance for undergraduate and graduate student residents.

Vendors, suppliers, and contractors: If you are a vendor, supplier, or contractor from outside the MIT community seeking to access campus buildings to provide support for research, educational, or operational activities, your MIT contact will need to seek approval from the authorized access approver for their school, department, lab, or center (DLC). You will receive instructions for using Covid Pass to comply with campus access requirements, or you will be directed to be escorted inside campus buildings by an authorized Covid Pass user.