Parking Updates

Important update: 

As more members of the Harvard community return to campus, Harvard Transportation Services is transitioning from no-charge parking to the next phase of its plan to support those who commute to and from the University. Through the end of this calendar year, most commuter parking permits will be offered at significantly reduced rates. This temporary reduction from our typical rates will better align parking and public transportation costs, maintain our regulatory agreements with the City of Cambridge, and uphold Harvard’s commitment to sustainabilityPlease note that parking rates and policies are different in the Longwood area and information can be found on the Harvard Medical School parking website.

To switch from transit to an annual parking permit, please review this tutorial. Cambridge/Allston employees are strongly encouraged to sign up for an annual parking permit online.

For those who utilize public transportation, the University still offers a 50% subsidy for MBTA passes as well as a number of other transit benefits. The MBTA’s Ride Safer program includes hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the system, requires all passengers to wear face coverings, and even provides real-time crowding information on busier routes.  MBTA vehicles and stations are also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis.

Paid parking resumes on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Online daily rates will be reduced to $10 a day through December 31, 2020. Point of sale transactions at the HBS and SFPG booths will be $10 a day. Click here to purchase online daily permits.

The new ZipBy parking app will be available to Harvard commuters utilizing the Allston Webster lot. It allows affiliates to book parking online. Printed permits are not required. Your cell phone Bluetooth technology will open the gates. The rate is $1.50 per hour. There are no time restrictions. A Cambridge location is coming this fall. More details will be available in early September.

New multispacer meters will be installed in the Observatory and the Hague Street lots this fall. No permit is necessary for this option however there is a strict 4-hour limit.

Employees who extended their annual parking permits should continue displaying their current hang tag through February 28, 2021. Your facility access will also be extended through that date. The FY21 annual permit renewal website will open mid-September. New permits will be delivered in January 2021. Payroll deductions for extended permit holders ended in June and will restart in March 2021. Click here for more information.

Extended permit holders who don’t expect to return to campus until March 2021 or beyond should click here for more information.

If you cancelled your annual parking permit this spring, you will need to reapply when you return to campus. Click here for more details.


We are committed to providing safe, reliable parking as well as related motorist assistance to the University community.  We support the mission of the University through a collaborative effort that emphasizes flexibility, fairness, sensitivity, and mutual respect.


Visiting the Parking Office

For information about visiting the parking office, click here.