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Parking and Other Transportation Options

The Greater Boston area is not a very car-friendly city. Students who are thinking about bringing a car should research the parking options for any potential housing situation.

HLS On Campus Housing

  • HLS Housing does not provide parking for residents.
  • HLS is in Cambridge, where street parking is very rare without a Cambridge Resident sticker. Residents of HLS Housing will not be able to secure a Cambridge Resident sticker.
  • If you are going to be living on campus and are planning on bringing a car, you will most likely have to purchase a parking pass to 10 Everett St parking garage. This will cost around $140 a month for a commuter pass and $275 a month for a tenant spot. You will need to fill out a parking application to procure a parking pass. 

Harvard University Housing

  • Parking is available at or close to many Harvard University Housing complexes and is administered byHarvard University Parking Services.
  • A city-issued parking sticker is required to park on the street in most residential areas.
  • On-street parking is not available to residents at:
    • 10 Akron Street
    • 37, 47, and 69 Banks Street
    • 5 Cowperthwaite Street
    • 3, 5, and 7 Grant Street
    • 28 Hingham Street
    • 387 Western Avenue

Private Off Campus Housing

  • Parking options and regulations will vary greatly depending on what part of town you are living in.
  • Some areas of town will have driveways while others might have parking lots for your particular complex or house.
  • Some parts of town allow street parking without a resident sticker while others will require a resident sticker to park on most areas of the street.
  • When looking at parking regulations for a particular part of town, make sure to check if there are different rules for the winter. Many towns will allow street parking in the summer, spring, and fall, but not in the winter.
  • Cambridge requires a Cambridge Resident Parking Permit sticker to park in most street parking spots. These are about $8 a year, but you must meet all of the strict requirements to obtain one.

Alternative to Cars

  • Zipcar – Harvard students can sign up with their Harvard email for a $25/year membership
  • MBTA Semester pass is $177 per semester through the Dean of Students office, and it allows for unlimited bus and train use
  • Harvard Hubway
  • RelayRides
  • Harvard Shuttles
  • Zimride
  • Carpools
  • Walking! 80% of HLS students who live off campus report that they walk to HLS.