Parking Near Harvard University
Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It's also considered one of the top universities in the world. This private Ivy League school has its main 209-acre Cambridge campus centered in Harvard Yard where it extends into Boston's Harvard Square neighborhood. Nearby you'll find the freshman dormitories and the residential houses for upperclassmen. Across the John W. Weeks bridge over the Charles River, you'll find the Allston campus of Harvard that includes the Harvard Business School and Harvard Stadium. A few miles south of the Cambridge Campus is the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, where you'll find Harvard's School of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Public Health.
With Harvard's trio of sprawling campuses, there's plenty to explore on and off the campus. On-campus, visit the famous John Harvard statue, which despite popular opinion does not actually represent the original benefactor of the namesake university. You'll also find the Science Center Observatory, the Widener Library, and the grand outdoor center of the yard, Tercentenary Theatre. Behind Lamont Library, you'll find Dudley Garden, a hidden gem of a spot to study while taking in the fresh air. Don't forget to visit the Harvard Art Museums, which include the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. You'll also find the Harvard Semitic Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Museum of Natural History.
After touring the main campus, be sure to head out to Harvard Square where you can explore the Cambridge Public Library or enjoy a show at the American Repertory Theater. You can even get a historical tour of the Cooper-Frost-Austin House, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, and the Longfellow House.
Unless you're a student or faculty member with a parking permit, finding parking on the campus is tough, though some metered spots are available. Instead of wasting time driving around looking for a spot, book your parking through SpotHero so you can spend more time sightseeing on and off of this famous Ivy League campus.
Does Harvard University offer parking?
Yes, but most parking is for students and staff with a valid permit. There is metered parking available in the Observatory and 2 Hague Street lots with a rate of $1.50 per hour but spots are limited to four-hour time limits.
Can I find street parking in Harvard Square?
Yes, but metered spots are extremely limited and have parking limits during the day. Instead, book your spot ahead of your visit through SpotHero.
Does SpotHero offer monthly parking with garages in the Harvard University area?
Yes, SpotHero offers monthly parking rates with local garages.
Nearby Parking Options
1350 Massachusetts Ave. - Holyoke Center Garage
41 Church St. - Lot
The Charles Square Garage - One Bennett St.
45 University Rd. - University Place Garage
310 Western Ave. - Lot
250 Western Ave - Left or Right Spot