Frequently Asked Questions About Parking
How are parking spaces assigned?
Parking permits are issued on a first come, first-served basis. When a parking area is filled to capacity, the applicant is provided options for available parking spaces and can also select to be put on the wait list for a specific area.
Within MIT's parking inventory are a few spaces that are leased in conjunction with rental property. Employees who are given access to these leased spaces must also annually apply for an MIT parking permit and pay the same fee as individuals parking in campus facilities.
Employees may change their assigned parking area if space is available on campus. To request a new area login to your parking account and select your permit number. Click on the "Change Permit Location" tab and the system will display your available options. If no parking is available you can choose to join a waiting list.
What permit types am I eligible for, and how much do they cost?
MIT faculty, staff or affiliates can find their permit options in the Employees section of the site; students can find their options in the Students section of the site. See the Special Permits section of the site if you are not a student or employee, or have special needs.
You can check the status of your parking application via your parking account.
The vehicle information that appears on my application is for a car that I don't have anymore. What should I do?
The fields on the application are text fields, so you can delete the information that's there and type in the correct information.
Your submitted application goes into a queue in the Parking and Transportation Office. If you have no outstanding violations, the Parking and Transportation Office will issue a permit.
In all cases, the Parking and Transportation Office sends permits to the Parking Coordinators, who in turn distribute them to the parkers for whom they are responsible.
Once you have submitted your application, you can edit the vehicle information via your parking account.
I’m leaving the Institute and don’t need parking anymore. What should I do?
Log into your parking account, select on the permit to be cancelled and click the “Request Expiration” button. Remove the parking permit from your vehicle window and return it to the Parking and Transportation Office at W20-022. Your account will be cancelled when the Parking Office receives the removed permit.
I don't want a parking permit after all. How can I cancel it?
If you have just completed an online parking application and have decided you don't want parking, log into your parking account, select the permit to be cancelled and click the “Request Expiration” button. Your application will be cancelled.
Log into your parking account, select the permit to be changed and click the “Change Permit Type” button.
I am a new MIT employee and will need parking. What should I do?
Even though you may be eligible for a parking permit, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get a permit. Sign-up via your Commuting Benefits on Atlas. Click on "MIT Parking Permits" to view your account. Click on “order a permit”. The system will display your available options. If no parking is available you can choose to join a waiting list.
I used to park in a garage with hands-free parking, but my current parking area doesn't have it. What should I do with the transponder?
Return the transponder to the Parking and Transportation Office in W20-022, and we will refund you the deposit you paid when you signed up for hands-free parking.
Employees may purchase an extra sticker for a vehicle that will be parked in an MIT parking lot. There is a charge for an additional sticker. All vehicles must be registered to the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family. No more than one vehicle may be parked in the MIT facilities at the same time.
A commuter obtains the second sticker via the regular annual application process, or by applying any time via your parking account. The parking office will notify you when the permit is ready to be picked up in W20-022.
I’m a temporary employee and have an occasional permit, but I don’t understand the billing.
Temporary employees must pay a fee for the permit, and make an additional deposit at the time they apply for the permit. Since the temporary payroll is not designed to handle payroll deductions, when the deposit is used up, the Parking and Transportation Office bills the temporary employee periodically for accumulated charges.
I’m a temporary employee. Am I eligible for a parking permit?
Apply via MIT's parking permit system. (An MIT web certificate is required to access this account.)
Why can’t a temporary employee pay for parking by payroll deduction?
The temporary payroll system is not designed to accommodate payroll deductions beyond the standard federal and state taxes.
I work the Evening or Night shift. What are my parking options?
Employees or students who require campus parking outside of regular business hours (between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM) should apply online for the Occasional/Evening Parking permit for the annual cost of $81.
This permit also accommodates for when evening parkers need to occasionally park during regular business hours. When the evening parker needs to park between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, the current day rate of will be deducted from their payroll check. Students may have their parking fees deducted from their Bursar’s accounts.
Affiliates, who cannot have the charges deducted from payroll, and employees and students who choose to pay by check, must include an additional $150 deposit with the application. This creates a "debit" balance from which each day’s occasional parking is deducted. Periodic bills or statements are sent to parkers who do not have payroll deduction.
I've heard about hands-free parking and would like to know where it's available.
A responder for hands-free parking is currently available in the East Garage, Stata Garage, Stata Garage (Northeast Area), Main Lot and the West Garage. If you park in one of these areas, and want to apply for hands-free parking, login to your parking account, click “Order a Permit” and choose permit type AVI.
I have a hands free transponder for the Stata parking that I wish to turn back in. Where do I return the unit?
Please return it to the Parking and Transportation Office in Building W20-022.
We have a visitor coming to campus. She has handicapped license plates and would like to know where she can park that’s close to our building.
Do I need a permit for my motorcycle?
Yes. There is an annual fee for motorcycle parking. Motorcycle permits may be purchased for a period of six months or one year. If you have a regular, full time, commuter permit for a car, the motorcycle is considered a second vehicle and is charged the second vehicle rate. Motorcycles are not considered second vehicles for occasional parkers and campus residents and are subject to the full fee. Request a motorcycle permit via your parking account.
Where can I park my motorcycle?
Motorcycles may be parked in the Hayward Lot, Windsor Lot, Kendall Lot, outside W34, NW86 Lot, W91 Lot or in the lower level of the West Garage, as well as designated motorcycle spaces in various facilities.
I've just submitted my application for parking, and now I want to add a second vehicle. How do I do this?
Once you have submitted your application, neither you nor your Parking Coordinator can make any changes. Contact the Parking and Transportation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the changes.
How do I get a sticker for my rental car?
If you already have a regular parking sticker for a vehicle but for some reason you are not using that vehicle (for example, you are using a rental car), you can get a two day temporary sticker by submitting a request via your parking account. Please visit the parking office if you need a long term temporary permit.
I got a new car. How do I get a sticker for it?
Replacement stickers for new vehicles may be obtained from the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022. To request a replacement sticker, login to your parking account, select the old sticker number and click on the “Vehicle Change Request” tab. Then provide the new vehicle information.
A small replacement fee is charged when accompanied by the old sticker (or its pieces) or new vehicle's registration. A higher fee is charged for sticker replacement requests that are not accompanied by the old sticker.
The Occasional Parking Permit is an annual permit that allows a student or an employee to park at MIT for a daily rate. Rates can be found on the Employee Rates page and Student Rates page. Additional information can be found on the Employee Occasional Parking page and the Student Parking page.
I am a (visitor, contractor, affiliate, retired employee, alumnus/a, volunteer, other). How do I get parking?
There are different permit types depending on the nature of your association with MIT. Go to Special Permits to view your permit options.
What is the difference between a Regular Commuter permit and an Occasional permit?
A regular permit, which you purchase for an annual fee, is valid anytime during the parking year with no limit on the number of days or evenings that you park.
An occasional permit, which you purchase for a smaller annual fee and is also valid anytime during the parking year.The main difference is that you pay another small fee for each day you park.
I have to go on a business trip. May I leave my car in the parking lot while I’m gone?
If you have a valid MIT parking permit and need to be out of town on Institute business, you may leave your car in your assigned parking facility for up to two weeks. Before leaving, send or fax a completed Extended Parking Notification form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office. You must name a contact person on the form and leave keys to your car with that person.
Is it OK if I leave my car in the parking lot overnight?
A permit holder may leave a vehicle overnight in any MIT parking area, but the vehicle must be removed by 7am the following morning, unless the vehicle has a permit for that particular area.
I’m going out of town on Friday and returning on Monday morning. May I leave my car in the parking lot while I’m gone?
You may leave your vehicle in the parking lot for which it has a permit. Before leaving, send or fax a completed Extended Parking Notification form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office. You must name a contact person on the form and leave keys to your car with that person.
What are Parking Coordinators?
Each department has a Parking Coordinator who is the subject matter expert on all commuting programs available to the department and is responsible for coordinating the distribution of parking permits at the start of the “parking year.”
How do I find out who my Parking Coordinator is?
Faculty, staff and affiliates: You may locate your Parking Coordinator on the list of employee Parking Coordinators.
Students: You may locate your Parking Coordinator on the list of student Parking Coordinators.
When I signed up for parking, I opted to pay by check. Now I want payroll deduction. What should I do?
To change payment option, you must go to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, and sign up for payroll deduction.
What are the parking fees?
Why does parking cost so much?
It is very expensive to maintain parking facilities. The cost of parking at MIT is much less than the cost of public parking in the Kendall Square area. The market rate for a parking space in the area is $300 per month.
Why can’t a temporary employee pay for parking by payroll deduction?
The temporary payroll system is not designed to handle deductions beyond those required by the federal and state governments.
I have a medical disability. How can I be sure I can park near my building?
The Parking and Transportation Office issues a Temporary Parking Permit (PDF) for members of the MIT community with medical conditions that impair their mobility. Such permits may be given on a temporary basis up to three months. These permits will allow parking in an area convenient to their place of work or study. For any disability that is permanent, or predicted to last longer than three months, you should apply for an HP plate or placard through the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Requests for an MIT Special Parking Permit on a medical basis are reviewed by the MIT Medical Department at E23-171.
I’ve been sick (injured, had an operation) and need to park closer to my office. How can I do that?
Approval for temporary permits (less than three months) can be obtained by presenting documentation of the medical condition and its expected duration to the MIT Medical Department (E23-171). Your case will be reviewed and based on your medical documentation, you may receive a temporary permit. When you present the Temporary Parking Permit form (PDF) to the MIT Parking and Transportation Office, you will receive this temporary permit. The Parking and Transportation Office will determine the exact parking location based upon space availability.
What parking lots are available on weekends?
If you have a permit of any kind, you can park in any lot on weekends and after hours (between 5:30 PM and 7:30am) MIT-affiliated people without a permit may park their vehicles in Hayward Lot, Windsor Lot, 65 Waverly Lot and Tang Center Lot (E51).
What parking lots can I use with an occasional sticker?
Occasional parkers must park in gated lots in their assigned parking area.
What parking lots can I use with a scratch visitor pass?
Scratch Visitor Passes can be used at any non-attended, non-gated lot; such as, W91, Windsor Lot, and the 65 Waverly Street Lot.
What am I supposed to do when the gate won’t go up and I’m stuck in the parking lot?
Every gated lot has a speakerphone attached to it. During the day, the black button connects to the Parking and Transportation Office. After office hours you’ll speak with the MIT Police. In either case, someone can raise the gate from their remote location.
I pay for full-time parking, but sometimes there are no spaces left. How come?
The issuance of an MIT Parking Permit does not guarantee that a parking space will be available for the permit holder at the assigned area or lot. If there are no spaces left in the lot where you usually park, go to another lot in your zone or call the Parking and Transportation Office for assistance at 8-6510. To find out what other lots are in your zones, read the Locations page.
If I choose Payroll Deduction (employee) or Student Account (student), is the fee deducted all at once?
Employees: When you choose Payroll Deduction, assuming you apply for parking for the full year, the fee is deducted from your paycheck over 11 months, beginning in October.
Students: When you choose Student Account, assuming you apply for parking for the full year, the fee is deducted from your bursar’s account over nine months, with the first payment in September and the last in April.
Employees: As soon as you submit your application, attach your check, made out to MIT, to a printout of the final screen in the application process and send both to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.
Students: As soon as you submit your application, attach your check, made out to MIT, to a printout of the final screen in the application process and send both to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.
Your MIT personal certificate that you used to fill out the online application is your electronic signature.
What permit types am I eligible for, and how much do they cost?
MIT faculty and staff can find their permit options on the Employees section; students can find their options in the Students section. Special situation permit options are in the Special Permits page.
I won’t be around when it comes time to renew parking. How can I be sure I’m signed up?
You can renew your permit through your parking account.
How do I replace a sticker?
Give the Parking and Transportation Office a Replacement Sticker form (PDF) and the previous permit (or its pieces). For a new vehicle, provide the registration.
There is a small administrative fee of $10 for a replacement sticker when accompanied by the old sticker, and a larger fee of $30 if the previous sticker is not turned in.
This fee is waived if a copy of a stolen vehicle report, filed with a police department, accompanies the request. The license plate number on the police report must match that of the vehicle to which the permit was assigned.
I park in a gated lot, but sometimes my spouse (partner/friend) needs to park the car. Is there some way we can get access?
If your spouse has an MIT ID card, you can have it activated for parking. Submit the Additional Parker Authorization form (PDF). This does not allow you to park two vehicles; it only supplies the option for you or your spouse to open the parking gate.
I am a student, and I don't know yet where I'll be living. What should I do?
If you are a graduate student, and don't know yet where you'll be living in September, contact the Graduate Housing Office, W59-200, 617-253-2404.
If you are an undergraduate, and don't know yet where you'll be living in September, contact the Undergraduate Housing Office, W59-200, 617-253-2811.
Student commuters are assigned parking in the Westgate Lot.
If you live in East Campus, you park in the Eastgate Residents Parking Area.
If you live in West Campus, you park in the Westgate lots.
If you live in Northwest Campus, you park in the Pacific lot, the NW86 lot or the NW86 Garage.
If you live in North Campus, you park in the North Area.
Is there some way I can get parking just for the summer?
If you don’t already have a current parking permit, and if you have no outstanding violations, you may fill out an application at the Parking and Transportation Office beginning on the Monday after Commencement. Assignment to available parking facilities is on a first come, first served basis. Summer permits are valid for June, July and August and may be purchased by cash or check. See the Special Permits page for the cost of summer parking.
I got a parking violation that I don’t agree with. What can I do about it?
If you believe you’ve gotten a violation in error you must appeal via your parking account.
Pay your violations via your parking account or at the Parking and Transportation Office in W20-022.
You must pay your violations first. As soon as the Parking and Transportation Office receives payment, they will issue a parking permit to you. Read the Regulations and Penalties page for more information.
We have a visitor (temporary employee) coming to our department. How can I get parking for this person?
Invited Visitor Parking Passes are available to MIT departments from the Parking and Transportation Office. Visitor passes can be purchased online via Atlas. Consult the Visitor Parking page for more information.