Motor Vehicle Registration and Parking

Harvard Parking Services
46 Blackstone Street
Monday through Friday, 8 am–5 pm
Tel: 617-495-3772
Fax: 617-495-9119
Email: parking@harvard.edu
www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation

General Parking Regulations

Harvard University is very well served by public transportation, allowing access to South Station, Logan International Airport, downtown Cambridge and Boston, and most points of interest. In addition to public transportation, bicycling is often the quickest and most direct way to travel in the local area. For information on public transportation and bicycling, including where to purchase new or used bicycles, visit www.commuterchoice.harvard.edu.

Students who bring their vehicles to school are required to register their cars with Parking Services. All vehicles parked on Harvard University property require a valid parking permit. Students who purchase permits are permitted to park only in those areas officially assigned by Parking Services. Students must comply with all University parking regulations. These parking regulations are in effect at all times including nights, weekends, and holidays. All vehicles in violation of University parking regulations are subject to ticketing and/or towing.

On-street Cambridge parking is reserved for city residents with Cambridge vehicle registrations. For more information on resident stickers, please visit the City of Cambridge Website at www.ci.cambridge.ma.us or call 617-349-4700.

Nonresident Student Driver Statements and Decals

State law requires Harvard to post the following notice to all students who are not Massachusetts residents:

“IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A NONRESIDENT STUDENT TO FAIL TO FILE A NONRESIDENT DRIVER STATEMENT WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT LOCATED IN THE SAME CITY OR TOWN AS THE SCHOOL OF COLLEGE ATTENDED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 3 OF CHAPTER 90 OF THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS.  FAILURE TO FILE SUCH STATEMENT IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE NOT TO EXCEED $200.” 

Under Massachusetts law, if out-of-state students bring cars to campus but elect not to register them with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, then they must file a nonresident driver statement with the local police department, whether or not they apply for on-campus parking.  Shortly after filing the nonresident driver statement with the Cambridge/Boston [as applicable] Police Department, students will receive a nonresident student driver decal from the University Parking Office.  This decal must be prominently displayed in the “uppermost center portion” of the vehicle’s windshield.

Undergraduate Parking and Vehicle Registration

Undergraduates living on campus may purchase a permit to park at the One Western Avenue Garage. Commuter parking is available at the One Western Avenue Garage on a space-available basis. Applications are available to students during registration in the fall.

In order to register for parking, all students requesting parking must provide the following information:

It is the responsibility of the student operating a motor vehicle at the University to inform Parking Services of any vehicle change or registration change made during the academic year. For the most current information on parking types and rates, please visit the Parking Services student Website. All garage occupancy is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no assigned spaces in the student garages. Priority will be given to students living in Harvard-affiliated housing.

Cancellation Procedures and Pro-ration Policies

To effect cancellation and receive a credit, the issued hang tag and access credentials (e.g., transponders) must be returned to Parking Services at 46 Blackstone Street during regular business hours. Failure to return the hang tag and access credentials will result in accrual of parking fees.

All student yearly parking will be prorated on a monthly basis. Please note that parking hang tags and access credentials are non-transferable.

Tickets, Penalties, and Appeals

All vehicles not displaying a valid Harvard University parking permit are subject to ticketing and/or towing without notice and at the owner’s risk and expense.

A student will be held responsible for any violation incidental to the operation of the vehicle, no matter who the driver may be. Citations will be issued for the following parking offenses: safety violations, regulatory violations, or violations of accessible parking accommodations.

Anyone wishing to appeal a parking violation must do so in writing within 21 days of receiving the violation notice. Appeals should be sent directly to Parking Services at 46 Black-stone Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Checks made payable to Harvard University should be mailed within 21 days of violation notice issue; a late charge will be applied to all violations not paid within that period. Unpaid violations will be added to the student’s term bill.

When an unauthorized vehicle is towed, a citation along with a tow fee is accrued. Students whose cars are towed must pick up their claim checks and pay their fines at Parking Services during normal office hours or at the Harvard University Police Department, 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, after hours.

Motorcycles

Under Massachusetts law, motorcycle operators and passengers must wear helmets.

Motorcycles are subject to the same parking regulations as other motor vehicles. Motorcycles may not be parked within the House grounds at any time, but may be parked in any parking area designated for motorcycles. Parking permits for motorcycles are available for the academic year. Please visit the Parking Services student Website at for the most current motorcycle parking rates.

Accessible Parking

The University Disability Coordinator and Parking Services jointly manage all parking policy and parking requests based on disability. Students with specific needs should contact the Local Disability Coordinator at their school. Students who need contact information for the Local Disability Coordinator for their school may contact with the University Disability Coordinator at 617-495-1859 (voice), 617-495-4801 (TTY), or by email at marie_trottier@ harvard.edu. The Local Disability Coordinator will request any medical documentation or other verification of disability or injury that may be necessary prior to the authorization of parking or shuttle services. Students who require accessible parking as a reasonable accommodation will not be required to pay more than the yearly student rate for comparable parking types (taking into account hours of access and the nature of the parking facility), regardless of whether such students are assigned to a lot or garage generally reserved for faculty or staff.

Visitor Parking

Visitor permits for selected campus lots may be purchased at the Parking Services office, 46 Blackstone Street, Cambridge, Monday through Friday, during business hours. Permits may also be purchased via the Online Permit Purchase System. After hours visitors can pay and park at the Harvard Business School. Please visit the Parking Services visitor Website for the most current visitor parking rates. Parking at all visitor lots is issued on a space-available basis.

The University assumes no responsibility for damages to any vehicle or its contents for reason of fire, theft, vandalism, or other cause.

For more detailed information and an updated listing of parking policies and availability, please visit the Parking Services Website.