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Parking

COVID-19 Update:
General guidance on parking:

  • If you have a valid Cambridge parking permit, that permit will allow you to park on both campuses through June 30, 2021.
  • If you currently have garage parking in Cambridge and would like to switch to surface parking in Allston, please email parking@harvard.edu to make arrangements.
  • If you are currently a transit user and would like to switch to parking, please follow the instructions on the Parking announcement page: https://www.transportation.harvard.edu/parking
  • If you extended your annual parking permit, it will be valid at least through the end of the year (Dec. 31, 20). Emails for FY21 permit renewals will be sent in mid-September. Payroll deductions for extended permit holds ended in June. They will restart in 2021 and will be prorated.
  • New permits will only be good through June 30, 2021. There will be a renewal period in spring 2021 for FY22 permits.
  • There is flexibility for three-day permit holders through FY21. You will be allowed to use your permit to park any three days in a given week without contacting the Parking Office to switch days. Parking will monitor the lots and garages to make sure that permits are not being used for more than three days/week.
  • Please see the website for updated information as it becomes available: https://www.transportation.harvard.edu/

Parking information at and near the Cambridge campus

Public Parking

Public parking is available at metered spots on Oxford Street or Massachusetts Ave. Parking meters run from one to two hours, and will take quarters or payment via the ParkBoston appA further advisory: Cambridge parking violations start at $25.00, and meters are monitored closely by transportation officers. We do not reimburse visitors for parking tickets. 

Daily Parking Permits for Visitors

You may purchase a Daily Visitor Parking Permit online for Harvard garages on Oxford Street and Everett Street (weekdays only). You will need a printer to complete this transaction. When prompted, select:

Permits may also be purchased from Harvard University Parking Services at Smith Campus Center on the 8th Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue and their offices open at 8:00am. For additional questions, please call (617) 496-7827.

Special Event Parking for Visitors (Invited Guests)

To obtain reserved parking for visitors or special events submit a request by email to event_parking@harvard.edu. In your message, include the name/description of event, time and date, how many vehicles are expected, preferred parking location, and contact information. 

You can also provide this information on a form available at Harvard University Parking Services. The events coordinator will respond to your request with information on space availability and parking rates. 

Please send your query about reserved parking at least two weeks before your event; requests sent without sufficient notice will be subject to additional charges.

More Parking Information

Parking policies at Harvard are the responsibility of the Harvard University Parking Services, (617) 496-7827. For detailed parking information, please visit the Parking Services website at www.transportation.harvard.edu/parking.


Parking information at the Allston campus

More than 250 parking spots are adjacent to the Science and Engineering Complex and will be available for monthly and daily parking permit holders in the lots located at 114 Western Avenue and the 2 Hague Street.

Dual parking options will be available based on demonstrated need. The application for monthly permits for the parking lots adjacent to the SEC is to be determined. For more information, visit http://www.transportation.harvard.edu/parking.

Allston Parking Lots
 

Daily Parking Permits for Visitors

You may purchase a Daily Visitor Parking Permit online for the 114 Western Avenue or 2 Hague Street lots. Maps indicating the locations of other nearby Harvard lots can be found at http://www.transportation.harvard.edu/parking/garages-lots. You will need to bring a printed copy of your permit to display on your dashboard.

Permits may also be purchased from Harvard University Parking Services at Smith Campus Center on the 8th Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue and their offices open at 8:00am. For additional questions, please call (617) 496-7827.