Harvard University General Parking Regulations

Parking at Harvard University is extremely limited and Harvard Parking Services recommends not bringing a car to campus. Harvard University is very well served by public transportation, allowing access to South Station, Logan International Airport, downtown Cambridge and Boston, and most points of interest. In addition to public transportation, bicycling is often the quickest and most direct way to travel in the local area. For information on public transportation and bicycling, including where to purchase new or used bicycles, visit www.commuterchoice.harvard.edu.

Students who bring their vehicles to school are required to register their cars with Parking Services. All vehicles parked on Harvard University property require a valid parking permit. Students who purchase permits are permitted to park only in those areas officially assigned by Parking Services. Students must comply with all University parking regulations. These parking regulations are in effect at all times including nights, weekends, and holidays. All vehicles in violation of University parking regulations are subject to ticketing and/or towing.

For more infortion on Harvard University Parking, please visit http://www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation/par.shtml.

On Street Residential Parking – Cambridge

To park on most streets in Cambridge without meters, you must get a Cambridge Resident Parking Permit Sticker. To qualify for a Resident Parking Permit Sticker, you must be a resident of Cambridge. You must provide your vehicle’s Massachusetts registration that reflects your name, a weight less than 2.5 tons, your current Cambridge address, and a garage code of Cambridge. You must also provide proof of residency and the proof of residency must match the name on the vehicle’s registration. When applying at the office, please bring your registration and proof of residency.

To prove residency, you must show a current utility bill (gas, electric, telephone or cable) dated for service at your residency within the last 30 days. The utility bill must be in the same name as the vehicle registration. Alternatively, you can show two pieces of mail postmarked within the past 30 days reflecting your name and Cambridge address. The following are not accepted as proof of residency: magazines, water bills, cell phone bills, excise taxes or driver’s license.

Permits can be acquired at the Cambridge Traffic and Transportation Department located at 238 Broadway, Cambridge. Permits cost $8 each year. For more information on resident stickers, please visit the City of Cambridge website at www.ci.cambridge.ma.us or call 617-349-4700.

On Street Residential Parking – Somerville

Approximately one half of the city’s streets are posted for permit parking. This means you need to obtain a residential sticker before you can park on these streets. Cars parked on these posted streets without a residential sticker will be ticketed. To obtain a residential sticker you must present a current, valid Mass registration showing Somerville, MA, as the principal place of garaging. A registration with a sticker provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) noting a Somerville address change will be verified with the RMV before a permit is issued. You must also provide proof of residency with either a lease, or a current (dated with 30 days of obtaining the permit) gas, electric, telephone or cable bill. (Cell phones bills, credit card bills and bank statements are NOT ACCEPTED.) The residential sticker is good for all posted streets within the city and not just the street where you live. There is a $5.00 fee, senior citizens (60+), HP plates and placards exempt.

You are entitled to receive two visitor cards per household if you live on a street that has a permit parking restriction. These cards are to be used by your visitors only twice a week in the same vehicle. However, an extension may be obtained by calling the Traffic and Parking Office at 625-6600 ext. 7900 with specific information. To obtain visitor cards you must provide proff of residence (requirements described above). No Visitor Cards are to be used by residents for any reason. There is a $1.00 fee for each card; senior citizens (60+), HP plates and placards exempt.

In order to apply for a permit, bring the appropriate documents described above to the following location. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Credit cards are not accepted.

Somerville Office of Traffic and Parking
133 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Accessible Parking

The University Disability Coordinator and Parking Services jointly manage all parking policy and parking requests based on disability. Law students with specific needs should contact Cathleen Collins in the Dean of Student Office at 617-496-2437 or ccollins@law. Students who require accessible parking as a reasonable accommodation will not be required to pay more than the yearly student rate for comparable parking types (taking into account hours of access and the nature of the parking facility), regardless of whether such students are assigned to a lot or garage generally reserved for faculty or staff.

Visitor and Single-day Parking

Visitor permits for selected campus lots may be purchased online or at the Parking Office, 3 Bow Street, Cambridge, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Parking at all visitor lots is issued on a space available basis. There is extremely limited availability. Spaces are sometimes available in the Everett Street Garage but students will most likely be directed to Soldiers Field Garage on the Business School side of the Charles River. After hours visitors can pay and park at the Harvard Business School. The fee is $8 per calendar day not per 24-hour period. The University assumes no responsibility for damages to any vehicle or its contents for reason of fire, theft, vandalism, or other cause. For more detailed information and an updated listing of parking policies and availability, please visit www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation.

Other Parking – not Harvard affiliated

Harvard Square Parking Garage, 65 JFK Street, 617-354-4168
$4 – $21 during the day, monthly spaces available at $425/month

Propark at the Charles Square Garage, 1 Bennett Street, 617-491-0298
Student rate $1575/spring semester, $2,520/spring and fall semesters

The website Craigslist is a clearinghouse of goods and services. From time to time there are spots in the law school area listed here in the range of $100 – $200/month. The specific site location for parking is boston.craigslist.org/prk.

The information on this page has been researched and provided by the Dean of Students office. If you find that any of this information is no longer current, or if you have additional questions that are not answered here, please send an e-mail to dos@law.harvard.edu.