If you are a full- or part-time employee of MIT, you can request on-campus parking privileges through the online application. If you are open to alternative options, we encourage you to review our subsidy and reimbursement programs by visiting your Commuting Benefits page on Atlas.
If you are an MIT affiliate not associated with a specific department, you can apply online or contact the Parking Office to learn about your options.
Regular Commuter permits are issued directly to individual parkers for their exclusive use. These permits are issued to full- and part-time employees with MIT appointments as well as to affiliates.
Economy Regular Parking and Economy Occasional Parking are discounted parking programs offered to employees who elect to park in the West Lot. Compare the economy parking rate to other parking rates.
West Lot parkers can use the free Tech Shuttle (PDF) service which runs approximately every 10 minutes during peak hours to get to most parts of campus.
The Occasional/Evening Parking permit is intended to meet the needs of employees who do not need to park every day or who normally use other means of commuting. This permit allows you to park in an MIT gated lot for a daily rate. The daily rate fee is for a business day and not for each entry or exit during the day.
Learn more about obtaining and using an Occasional and Evening Parking permit.
Anyone with a valid MIT parking permit can park his/her vehicle in any parking facility on campus after 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends and MIT holidays.
Employees or others who do not have an MIT parking permit can park in any non-gated lot on campus after 5 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends and MIT holidays.
A Carpool or Vanpool permit is a Regular Commuter permit that is charged at half the regular rate. It is shared by members of the carpool or vanpool. When permits are distributed at the beginning of the parking year, each member receives a parking sticker, and the group is given a carpool hang tag. The hang tag is to be used by the carpool member whose vehicle is parked on campus on any given day. At no time should more than one vehicle of a carpool be parked on campus.
To learn more about the carpool process, visit the Ride Sharing page.
Tutors, housemasters, and other employees who live in an MIT residence should apply online to obtain a resident parking permit.
Retired faculty permits are available to retired faculty and professors emeriti. Retired faculty who receive compensation pay the regular commuter rate; retired faculty without compensation pay a lower rate.
MIT has installed transponders for "Hands Free" systems at the Main Lot, the Stata Garage, West Garage, and E62 Garage. This system employs technology similar to that being used for the Fast Lane program on the Massachusetts Turnpike and other major highways. A transponder attached to your windshield automatically opens the parking gates, eliminating the need to swipe your card.
"Hands Free" parking is a voluntary program provided at a cost of a one-time fee of $20 and a refundable $20 deposit on each transponder.
You may apply online for a transponder for "Hands Free" parking.
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to specific questions about parking at MIT, please visit the Parking FAQ page.