Home to two of the nation's most prominent universities, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA is a city bursting with prestige and intellect. Unfortunately, the parking situation is still one problem that remains unsolved. However, ParkMe has found a way to bypass these issues, just read our parking tips and tricks to find the best Cambridge parking spots quickly and easily.
Parking Lots and Garages: Since Cambridge is mainly a college-town, there is a limited amount of parking structures in this city, with most areas reserved for residential dwellings, and parking in a covered lot does not come cheap. Expect to pay anywhere from $15-$30 for all day or night parking. However, parking in a garage does come with benefits as it will keep your car covered and protected from snow during the icy winter months.
Street Parking: There are some parking meters scattered around Cambridge, mainly in high density areas, but there is not enough to fulfill the extreme demand for a metered space. Meter rates are $1 per hour and accept quarters ONLY! Also, it is important to note that there are strict time limits in high volume areas to encourage parking overturn. Read the signs to know how long you are allowed to park in a spot for in order to avoid getting a ticket. Once the time limit is up you cannot feed the meter or relocate your car to another spot in the same hour. Your car must leave the immediate area for at least one hour!
Residential Parking: Most of the street parking in Cambridge is reserved for residents so if you are not a resident or do not have a residential parking permit or residential guest parking permit you cannot park your car on a residential street overnight.
Pro Parking Tips:
Pro Tip 1: There are 4 parking garages that provide free parking for a limited time during snow emergencies - Galleria Mall, First Street Garage, Green Street Garage (Central Square), and 52 Oxford Garage. A Cambridge residential parking permit is required to obtain a free parking space, otherwise regular parking rates apply.
Pro Tip 2: Stay inside the lines when parking! If there are parking bays marked on the surface of lots or streets make sure that your car is WITHIN those lines! Parking over the line may land you a ticket!