Being in the middle of a very busy city, parking can be difficult to find, and is often expensive. There are only about 20 spaces reserved for undergraduate commuter parking, and permits are awarded based solely on a student's commute, the availability of public transportation, and a student's class schedule. If you are awarded a parking permit, the cost is between $175 and $190 per semester, and is subject to change. For students without a permit, parking is available behind University Hall on the Porter Campus, and you are charged by the hour. Visitor and day passes are also available through the Public Safety Office on Main Campus, and are $9 per day for weekdays and $18 per weekend. However, parents of students do not have to pay for a permit, and may park on campus free of charge.
Parking enforcement through the City of Cambridge (meters, lot parking, etc.) is strict, and if a meter maid notices you’ve run out of time, the fines can be pretty steep. However, though parking in Cambridge can be a nightmare, there are many side streets that branch off of Massachusetts Avenue that offer free parking if you can manage to find an open space.