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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking costs so much for students. I think there should be a student discount then a regular price for the public

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Horrible. You need to pay the meters every two hours.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Lesley doesn't offer on campus parking to non commuters or people other than faculty member. and if you are a commuter and can't use public transportation it costs $300 bucks a semester to get a permit.

4 College Junior

Parking: There are campus parking lots that you pay by the hour and there are plenty of side streets and other parking lots around the area. Always try the side streets first though and remember to feed the meter during breaks.

1 College Freshman

Parking: As you can expect form most schools in the Boston area, parking is difficult. It depends on which campus you are looking to park at. University Hall has a large parking lot in the back, which costs a dollar for the first hour. Past an hour and the fee goes up, but it is still cheap compared to other lots in the area. Main campus has smaller lots, as well as brattle campus which has very small lots but they are always open. For parking on campus you always need to purchase a parking pass which is 8 dollars from the university. Because of this, the best way to park free is to find street parking (which is nearly impossible). Also, from my experience it is safe to park on brattle campus for a few hours without getting ticketed, but you are always taking a risk.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1187th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1243rd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1295th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Student permit parking is available behind University Hall on the Porter Campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
With a parking permit
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$330 to $380 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Overtime on meter: $25
  • Street cleaning: $30
  • Blocking a bus stop: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Side streets off of Massachusetts Avenue
  • Main Campus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Harvard Square
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are available to commuting undergraduate students, though only about 20 spaces are available. Students must fill out an application, and, if awarded a permit, they are charged between $175 and $190 per semester.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
(617) 349-8901

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 25 responses

  • 44% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 32% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 4% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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