Parking

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Freshman

Parking: Nobody here owns a car so this question is inapplicable.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't know. I don't own a car

College Freshman

Parking: I don't park on campus; not many people do. It's pretty easy to get around without a car.

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1 College Junior

Parking: It's a pretty small campus so not much need for a car at all really. Permits are expensive and there are very few parking lots. Having a car might not get you any closer to classes than you would be if you just walked from your dorm.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is only parking available on the street, or in paid parking garages.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 830th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 994th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1193rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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When you have to move a lot of heavy things or when you have a craving for IHOP at 4 a.m., there’s nothing better than having your own car. In general, having a car can be a great convenience so that you don’t have to take public transportation. Technically, if you want to get a parking sticker, you have to be an upperclassman, but getting a parking sticker can be expensive, and even then, finding an open spot is difficult. If you don’t have a sticker, parking your car on campus can be a nightmare. There are several lots on campus, but many require permits at certain times of day. Some students opt to not get permits, but they end up paying that amount back in parking tickets. Beware: You will get towed if you are parked anywhere near a no parking zone.

Your best bets for parking around campus are the Westgate lot by Next House, parking on Vassar Street near Simmons, or parking in the Kresge lot (only nights and weekends). Students also park on Memorial Drive. Off campus, parking in Boston is difficult, as well. Street parking is metered, and garage parking is expensive. Moreover, sometimes parking is so crowded that you have to park far, far away from your destination. However, many of the FSILGs do have their own parking lots.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Westgate Lot, Hayward Lot Annex, WW15 Lot, Windsor St. Lot, and 65 Waverly St. Lot.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$898 per year for resident students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $30
Getting a Parking Permit
All you have to do is fill out an application in order to get a parking permit.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Office
(617) 258-6510
mitparking@mit.edu

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 24 responses

  • 29% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 0% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Just don't drive here
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