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College Sophomore

Parking: Don't have a car, so I don't really know.

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College Sophomore

Parking: No one has cars because it is expensive to have one. And there isnt a need. We are on the outskirts of Boston and so you have subways and buses that will take you wherever you need to go for cheap.

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College Freshman

Parking: I've never parked on campus. There are lots of garages nearby with plenty of spots (even on move-in day), but it can be pretty expensive.

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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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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 44 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 32% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • 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 11 responses

  • 50% Harvard Square
  • 43% Most of Cambridge
  • 7% Any street

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 89% Pay-to-park garages
  • 11% The streets
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