Quad-based, benefit eligible faculty and staff members who wish to park on campus must apply for a permit. The permit is granted on a space availability basis. To apply for a permit, applicants should have a Harvard University ID as well as the license plate number, make, and model of the vehicle to be permitted.
Faculty and staff members must apply for a permit in person at the Commuter Services and Parking Office. Payment for parking can be made through payroll deductions or by a quarterly check made payable to Harvard University.
Parking permits are synchronized with the University's fiscal year. Annual permits are valid from July 1 through June 30.
Each May you will be notified via email from the Commuter Services and Parking office to renew your parking permit for the upcoming academic year. Update the current application on file by clicking here.
Annual permits can be paid for by any of the following options:
Check or Money Order
Payments by check are accepted quarterly, semi-annually or annually. All payments by check or money order must be made payable to "Harvard University."
Faculty and staff on the regular University payroll are eligible for payroll deduction of parking fees. Annual parking fees are divided evenly by the number of pay periods and deducted throughout the fiscal year.
Pre-tax payroll deduction
Recent changes to federal tax laws have made it possible for employees to pay for personal monthly parking on a pre-tax basis. As regulated by the IRS, the pre-tax benefit is intended for those who use their cars to commute to work.
Faculty and staff who do not live in University owned facilities and are eligible for payroll deduction are eligible for the pre-tax benefit.
The Harvard Medical School offers a number of general permit types to meet the different commuting needs of faculty and staff members. With the exception of resident permits, parking permits are for commuting use only. HMS parking facilities are not to be used for vehicle storage. Each permit is designated for either garage or surface parking.
A monthly parker can access their assigned garage or space 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. HMS parking facilities are not to be used for vehicle storage. Each School (HMS/HSDM/HSPH) is responsible for assigning their own designated parking spaces. Those interested in monthly parking should contact the appropriate contact below for space availability information.
- HMS – Commuter Services and Parking Office - (617) 432-1111
- HSPH – Operations Department - (617) 432-1152
- HSDM – Administration - (617) 432-0950
Surface Lot Parking
Monthly parking permits are granted for specific spaces reserved on the surface lot for commuting permit holders' exclusive use. These spaces are identified by a number (sequenced within a given lot) and may be used at all times by the permit holder.
Quad Garage Parking
Monthly parking permits are issued to Quad based faculty, staff and students with sedan sized vehicles only (no SUV's, mini-vans, trucks or cross-overs). Quad Garage parkers may have their parking revoked if any vehicle listed on their parking application is an SUV, truck, mini-van, crossover or have height, width or weight limitations. An attempt will be made to relocate their parking location if another space becomes available.
NRB Garage Parking
Monthly parking permits are issued to Quad based faculty, staff, students and tenants of the building. Parking spaces are not assigned.
After-hour parking permits are granted to Quad based faculty, staff, students and tenants at either the Quad or NRB parking garage. After-hour parker's Harvard ids are valid at an assigned garage between 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, all day on weekends and Harvard holidays.
Motorcycle permits are granted at the NRB parking garage in the designated motorcycle parking area. Motorcycle permit holders may access the NRB garage 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Motorcycles are prohibited from parking on sidewalks or in spaces designated for vehicles. Motorcycles are also prohibited from being stored in the NRB Garage.
Student Parking spaces for students at Harvard Medical School are limited. Priority is given to third-year, fourth year and fifth year medical and dental students because of their need to travel to and from the Harvard Longwood Campus for clinical rotations. Further priority is given the third and fourth year students who live in Vanderbilt Hall. There is no student parking available for Harvard School of Public Health students.
Students who have been allotted a parking space for a given academic year will have the option to renew that space for the following academic year and annually until the time of graduation. Parking spaces that are not renewed or that open up when a student graduates will be allotted to students meeting the above criteria who are on the waiting list for a parking space.
Students pay the same annual rate as staff and faculty and have the option of paying by check or charging their term bill.
A student can access their assigned garage or space 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. HMS parking facilities are not to be used for vehicle storage. Each School (HMS/HSDM) assigns their own designated parking spaces. Those interested in monthly parking should contact the appropriate contact below for space availability information.
- HMS – Commuter Services and Parking Office - (617)432-1111
- HSDM – Administration - (617)432-0950
Quad Garage Parking
Monthly parking permits are issued to students with sedan sized vehicles only (no SUV, mini-vans, truck or cross-over). Quad Garage parker may have their parking revoked if any vehicle listed on their parking application is an SUV, truck, mini-van, crossover, or have height width or weight limitations. An attempt will be made to relocate their parking location if another space becomes available.
NRB Garage Parking
Monthly parking permits are issued to students. Parking spaces are not assigned
Note to Permit Holders
Parking at the Harvard Longwood Campus is by permit only. Vehicles parked without a valid permit are ticketed and towed. Permits must be displayed properly on the vehicle according to the instructions provided by the Commuter Sevices and Parking Office.
The Commuter Services and Parking Office issues parking permits for the lots listed below:
- Countway Lot (695 Huntington Ave.)
- Courtyard Lot (180B Longwood Ave.)
- Smith Street (90 Smith Street)
- NRB Garage (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.)
- TMEC Lot (260 Longwood Ave.)
- Palace Lot (164 Longwood Ave.)
- Quad Garage (200 Longwood Ave.)
- Shattuck Lot (25 Shattuck St.)
- Denteast Lot (184 Longwood Ave.)
- Landmark Center (401 Park Drive)
- Overland Street (180 Brookline Ave.)
- CLS Building (3 Blackfan Street)
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 Commuter Service and Parking Office. This decal must be prominently displayed in the “uppermost center portion” of the vehicle’s windshield.
Demand for parking larger vehicles (SUV, truck, mini-vans, crossover) currently exceeds the available supply. Faculty, staff and students of HMS should email email@example.com in order to be placed on the appropriate waitlist. Please include the following information: name, department name, telephone number, make, model and year of the vehicle. New applicants are wait-listed according to the date received in the Commuter Services and Parking office.
- HSDM faculty, staff and students should contact Administration at 617-432-0950 for waitlist information.
- HSPH faculty and staff should call HSPH Operations Department at 617-432-1152 to inquire about the HSPH wait list.
Longwood Medical Area/Cambridge Reciprocal Parking Agreement
Parking Services is always striving to make parking as convenient as possible for the University community. To help accommodate those who hold Longwood Medical Area parking permits, but have occasional University business on the Cambridge or Allston Campuses, Parking Services has modified its regulations concerning this matter.
Those holding valid Harvard Medical School day permits are authorized to park in the following areas on a space-available basis, weekdays between 7:00am and 11:00pm.:
- 10 Everett Street Garage
- 52 Oxford Street Garage
- Broadway Garage
- Business School Lot
Any exception or special request must be pre-approved through the Parking Office by email.
HMS visitors holding any other LMA permit that is not a monthly day permit must purchase a visitor’s permit from our self-service Online Daily Permit purchase system, or from the Parking Office at Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) 8th Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Any vehicle parked on University property without a valid permit displayed is subject to ticket and tow. These regulations are enforced on a 24-hour basis, including weekends and University holidays.
Similarly, those holding valid annual Harvard University Cambridge/Allston permits are authorized to park in the Quad Garage located at 200 Longwood Ave or the NRB Garage located at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur on a space-available basis, weekdays 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. This reciprocal parking is only for short term business related meetings on the HMS campus, not full-day parking. If you have business in the Longwood Medical Area that is not in a Harvard building you should plan to park at a local public parking facility. The Quad and NRB Garage booth attendant will provide Cambridge/Allston permit holders a permit to place on their dashboard as well as a temporary access card.
The Medical School Parking Office requires you to give a one day advanced notice prior to your arrival to the Harvard Longwood Campus. If you are not able to provide a one day advanced notice there may not be space available to accommodate you and you may be asked to use other commuting options to the Harvard Longwood Campus. You can provide your one day notice by calling the HMS Commuter Services and Parking Office at 617-432-1111 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The HMS Commuter Services and Parking Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Cambridge/Allston visitors holding any other permit that is not an annual permit must reserve a parking space using a Harvard 33 digit billing code at https://internal.parking.med.harvard.edu/default2.aspx.
Please note: Due to a construction project at the Quad Garage, valet parking will be in effect at both the Quad Garage and the NRB Garage. Signs will direct parkers to the valet park areas.
Any vehicle parked on University property without a valid permit displayed is subject to ticket and tow. These regulations are enforced on a 24-hour basis, including weekends and University holidays.
If you have questions regarding the approved use of LMA permits on the Cambridge and Allston Campuses, please contact Parking Services at 617 496-7827.
If you have questions regarding the approved use of Cambridge/Allston permits on the Longwood Medical Area campus, please contact the Parking office at 617 432-1111.