Student Life

Students meet outstanding practitioners from many sectors of the industry and regions of the world through class guest lectures, optional internship and externship opportunities, Center Industry Partners, Alumni activities and various Conferences. These opportunities allow students and guests to engage in wide-ranging conversations on topics of mutual interest. Through a variety of cross-campus events, MSRED students also have the opportunity to network with students in DUSP, Sloan, Harvard, Columbia, and NYU.

Students are also encouraged to organize their own group events according to their interests. In the past, they have arranged breakfast meetings with local and visiting industry practitioners, sponsored site visits, and organized discussion sessions and study groups.

Athletic activities are student-organized and enthusiastically supported. The Center has fielded many winning ice hockey teams over the years and students also take part in other intramural sports such as squash, softball, and tennis. Student runners have competed in the Boston Marathon.

The rich educational, cultural and entertainment resources of the Boston area are within easy reach of the MIT campus by public transportation and are popular with students during periods of leisure. The beaches and mountains of New England are less than two hours away by bus, train or car.


Pictures taken c. 2016


Partner Meetings

The Center’s Annual Partner Meeting, typically two days in length, is held on or near MIT’s campus.  The meetings provide an opportunity for industry leaders and MIT’s distinguished researchers to come together for discussions on real estate issues and to further bridge the gap between theory and practice.


World Real Estate Forum

The MIT Center for Real Estate has a rich, 34-year history of advancing the art and science of international real estate.  Our pioneering research investigates the real estate transaction from initial concept to market reality, allowing us to provide thought leadership that helps organizations around the globe capitalize on today’s dynamic markets and technologies.
One way we achieve our mission is by uniting industry leaders with MIT’s distinguished faculty, researchers and alumni each spring at the World Real Estate Forum.  This event attracts 300+ industry leaders, distinguished MIT Faculty, researchers and alumni in a wide-ranging and far-reaching conversation about the global real estate industry.


CASE Competition

The MIT Center for Real Estate Alumni Association (AACRE) hosts an annual CASE Competition. Students compete in teams to propose the best analysis of a real-world development site to a panel of judges and industry professionals.  For more information regarding the CASE Competition click here.


Forums, Symposiums and Conferences

Along with the various symposia hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning, MSRED students are invited to Center and Alumni Association events.  The annual Partner’s Meeting, detailed above, offers students a rare opportunity to interact with the industry’s elite company representatives.  The World Real Estate Forum offers students the opportunity to interact with global leaders working in different capacities on the frontier of real estate.


Social Events

While students work hard on their studies, there are plenty of social events they can take part in.  Whether it’s a sporting event, dinner with classmates, a reception with alumni or just taking a walk or bike ride along the Charles, there are many ways to get to know people and the MIT/Boston community.  In addition, there are also on-campus resources for student activity, such as the Sloan Real Estate Club and Harvard GSD’s Real Estate Club, both offering various speaker series and opportunities to attend speaker events.