<p>What quad, or where on campus do MIT students hang out? Are there any coffee shops or anything which are guaranteed to be full of students regardless of the time of the day?</p>
<p>During not-the-middle-of-winter, you'll frequently see students in Killian, or playing frisbee by Kresge or the Dot (by East Campus). I see most people hanging out in their living groups or club offices and the like.</p>
<p>^Piper, are there a lot of restaurants and stuff surrounding MIT and Harvard? For example, this one college in my country has a street just outside of it that is full, and I mean full of restaurants, from McDonalds to BK, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, and whatever other name you can think of. And some others that you can't think of. </p>
<p>Also, a friend of mine recently visited Cambridge, and according to him some officials at the program he attended said that most of Cambridge belongs to Harvard - including MIT. That just sounded weird. Any idea if it's true or false?</p>
^Piper, are there a lot of restaurants and stuff surrounding MIT and Harvard?
<p>More than you can possibly imagine. Boston has 100 colleges in 100 square miles - that's a lot of folks to feed, and there is a ridiculous amount of good food in Boston and Cambridge. </p>
<p>I mean, to answer your question, there is a Dunkin Donuts, a Subway, a Starbucks, and a few other chain restaurants on campus, but the best food isn't at the chains, it's at the little local places that are everywhere you look. </p>
<p>Harvard, owing to its age, does own a ridiculous amount of property, including a lot of stuff outside the campus that people don't realize is owned by them, as well as some expansions into Allston for their new research center: </p>
But less known is that the university is a sprawling enterprise with land holdings and facilities across the region. The school owns more than 4,000 acres in the Boston suburbs and Central Massachusetts, much of it woodlands, used for research and teaching in the sciences, medicine, and American history. From the homestead of a Revolutionary War general in Shrewsbury to toppled old-growth trees in southern New Hampshire still yielding information about the Hurricane of 1938, Harvard's reach extends far from Cambridge.</p>
<p>About 70 miles west of the main campus in Cambridge lies the bulk of the 102-year-old Harvard Forest, which comprises some 3,000 acres in several parcels in Petersham, Phillipston, and Royalston, as well as a 99-acre parcel in Hamilton.
<p>However, as far as I know, MIT owns the 130 acre campus on which it sits.</p>
<p>There is indeed a lot of food quite close to campus (like the ones MITChris mentions above). There are other places that are a short walk or T-ride from campus that are also quite delicious (my favorites are Mary Chung's and O'Sullivans). Harvard Square has more sit-down restaurants like Border Cafe and such.</p>
<p>If you are looking for students, the best places to find lots of them would probably be the Student Center or the Stata Center. If you are looking for good food, going into Central Square, Inman Square or Harvard Sqaure would give you lots of choices.</p>