A Variety of Permit Types are Available for Employees
People who are full- or part-time employees of MIT can request parking privileges on campus through their Parking Coordinator. He/she handles these requests.
If you are an MIT affiliate not associated with a specific department, you should contact the Parking Coordinator who handles your affiliated group.
The Parking and Transportation Office determines the distribution of allocations to departments and distributes each department's allocation among the available parking facilities. Distribution is based on the following criteria: the physical location of the department's headquarters; the previous year's assignments; and the need to provide equity among departments. Each department is issued spaces in several parking facilities. The goal in the distribution of spaces is to keep the walking distance from the parking facility to the individual's office to 10 minutes or less.
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 affiliates. Regular Commuter Permits count against a department’s allocation.
Economy Regular Parking and Economy Occasional Parking are discounted parking programs offered to employees who elect to park in the West Lot and Westgate Lot. To learn more about Economy Parking options for MIT employees go to the Economy Parking page.
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 a person 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.
To learn more about Occasional/Evening Parking for employees, visit the Occasional and Evening Parking page. Those with Occasional Parking permits are required to park in gated facilities within their parking zone.
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. Parkers with a valid MIT parking permit can park in the Main Lot after 5 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 half the Regular Commuter 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. Carpool and Vanpool Permits do not count against a department's allocation.
To learn more about the carpool process, visit the Ride Sharing page.
The Institute has arranged to provide parking space at five off campus sites to help commuters save on rising fuel costs. The satellite locations include: Lincoln Laboratory, Wellesley College, Bates, Endicott House, and the Haystack Observatory. These spaces offer the option of leaving your car and taking a shuttle bus or sharing a ride, depending on the location you choose.
For more information visit the Satellite Parking page.
Tutors, housemasters and other employees who live in an MIT residence should contact the Office of Residential Life 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. Retired faculty and professor emeriti permits do not count against a department’s allocation.
Retired staff may purchase Invited Visitor Parking passes directly from the Parking Office. Please see the Visitor section of this site for more information.
MIT has installed transponders for "Hands Free" systems at the Main Lot, the Stata Garage and the upper levels of the West 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 $20 fee and a refundable $20 deposit on each transponder.
Frequently Asked Questions
For answers to specific questions about parking at MIT, please see the Parking FAQ page on this site.