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WikiConference North America 2019 • Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
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About Boston and Cambridge

MIT is located in Cambridge, which is directly north of the main part of Boston across the Charles River. The Saturday–Sunday–Monday portion of the event will take place on the MIT Campus, in Building 32 (the Stata Center). Friday will take place at museums across the area, likely centered in museums in downtown Boston. Our Friday night reception will take place at the Waterworks Museum in downtown Boston.

Transportation

The public transportation system in Boston and Cambridge is "the T", including both subway and bus. The Kendall Square station on the Red Line subway is the closest to the Stata Center. The Red Line runs north to the rest of Cambridge, and south through Downtown Boston, South Boston, and Quincy.

In addition, the 1 bus stops on Massachusetts Avenue at the center of campus and travels directly across the river into the Back Bay neighborhood; this is a convenient way to access the western branches of the Green Line while avoiding a circuitous route through Downtown Boston.

You must purchase a "Charlie Card" to ride the T -- most subway and many trolley stations have kiosks to do so, but bus stations generally do not. See more about purchasing a Charlie Card and the T system map.

Lodging

The closest hotels to MIT are the Marriott, Residence Inn, and Kendall Hotel.

Several hostels are also available in Boston proper. We have a discount code for Hosteling International, available below.

Those looking for a hotel on a budget might consider staying in Quincy, which is a ~30 minute T ride south of Cambridge on the Red Line; you can get rooms in the $100–150 range. Some hotels convenient to T stations include:

Discount rates

Note that these are guaranteed rates; public prices may occasionally drop below.

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA (5 to 10-minute walk)
Discounted Rate: $299/night available until October 17th
Book Here to Secure the Discount
Hosteling International Boston
19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA (15-minute drive)
Rates ranging from $45-$260/night
Save 15% by using Wiki19 discount booking code by October 1st
Save 10% by using Wiki19 discount booking after October 1st while rooms last

Searching

When searching for affordable lodging, check both a hotel's website directly as well as travel aggregators (Booking.com, Google Hotels, etc.); prices can vary between sites.

Food and Drink

Near MIT

MIT dining locations
Clover Food Lab - vegetarian
Flour - coffee, sandwiches, pastry
Mamaleh's - Jewish deli inspired restaurant
Vester - coffee, matcha, sandwiches
Anna's Taqueria - burritos and tacos with generally clear nutritional info for vegetarian/vegan eaters
Veggie Galaxy - a slight walk but vegetarian and vegan-friendly diner classics including vegan bakery