Parking and Transit

Parking in Cambridge and Boston is extremely limited. You are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation instead of bringing vehicles to campus.

Parking applications and fees

If you do drive, permits are required for parking on Harvard University property. Parking for students in on-campus housing and for daytime commuters is located in Allston. Evening commuter parking (after 5 pm) is available in Cambridge on a limited basis.

You may apply for a parking permit once your classes begin. You must apply in person at the Campus Service Center located on the eighth floor of Smith Campus Center. For details, see the Summer School Parking section of the Campus Service Center website or call (617) 496-7827.

Shuttle and van services

Shuttle services

The Summer School shuttle runs in the evenings and connects the Houses with other campus locations from 6:30 pm to 2 am, seven days a week. The shuttle also runs in the morning from 7 am to 10 am to connect the Quad to Memorial Hall.

See the schedule on the Harvard Transportation and Parking Services website.

Disability van services

The disability van service, connecting all campus points, serves students with disabilities documented at the Disability Services Office. Services are available 8 am to 7 pm by reservation only. Contact the disability services coordinator at or (617) 495-0977 for more information.

Evening van services

All students may request the full service evening van, which runs 7 pm to 12:30 am, Monday-Friday and 4:30 pm to 12:30 am on weekends. To request a ride, call (617) 495-0400. Reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Last call received at 11:45 pm.

For more information on these and other bus and van services, visit Shuttle Tracker or see the Harvard Transportation and Parking Services website.

Directions to campus

For directions on getting to campus via car or public transportation, see Campus Map and Directions. You can also find information on nearby airports and taxi service.