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MIT's 168-acre (68.0 ha) campus spans approximately a mile of the north side of the Charles River basin in the city of Cambridge. The campus is separated nearly in half by Massachusetts Avenue, with most dormitories and student life facilities to the west and most academic buildings to the east. The bridge nearby to MIT is the Harvard Bridge. The Kendall MBTA Red Line station is situated on the far northeastern edge of the campus in Kendall Square. The Cambridge neighborhoods surrounding MIT are a mixture of high tech companies occupying both modern office and rehabilitated industrial buildings as well as socio-economically diverse residential neighborhoods.
Each building at has a number description and most have a name as well. Normally, academic and office buildings are referred to mainly by number while residence halls are referred to by name. The organization of building numbers roughly corresponds to the order in which the buildings were built and their location relative (north, west, and east) to the original center cluster of Maclaurin buildings. Many of the buildings are connected above ground as well as through a widespread system of underground tunnels, providing shelter from the Cambridge weather as well as a venue for roof and tunnel hacking.
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