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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Cambridge is in a city so parking is difficult. Rates tend to be around $150-$200 a month I think, but not many people have cars. I was talking to someone with a car who said she pays $75 a month but I am not positive this is true. Overnight parking is really easy for people visiting on weekends. Harvard charges around $5-10 for the day and after 11pm its free.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You are not expected to have a car on campus because everything is within walking distance (although it may often take a 20 min walk). There are regular shuttles for those farther away, which can sometimes be a hassle, but it serves its function fine.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: We Dont Own Cars on Campus – We use free shuttle. Boston also have an excellent public transportation system. Rarely students have their own vehicle. Parking is available in many places in Harvard Square but expensive.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: No Need for a Car – There is no place to park, and there are tourists and thieves everywhere. No one lives off campus, so it's very nice to walk and not too far, plus there is a shuttle to take you where you need to go

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1 College Freshman

Parking: It Makes No Sense to Own a Car Here – there is very limited street permit parking. dont even dream of acquiring a spot in the wintertime with all that snow. the garage is 3000/car/semester...nuts!

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Nearly every Harvard student will discourage incoming freshmen from bringing a car to college. Students cite the enormous expense and relative scarcity of parking in Cambridge as the major reasons to avoid keeping a car on campus. For practical purposes, students do not need parking because Boston's public transit system provides them with subway and bus transportation to nearly every place in the city.

If you are adamant about bringing a vehicle to Harvard, then plan ahead, as parking permits tend to be bought up by the time school starts in the fall.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$2,964 for a 24-hour garage for 12 months (starting July 1)
Best Places to Find a Spot
Pay-to-park garages
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Most of Cambridge
Parking Services
Harvard University Parking Services
1350 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 495-3772

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 33% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

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