Mobile Access

Mobile Parking Permits

Parking at Harvard can be difficult, especially for those whose work necessitates them to move throughout the campus on a regular basis. The MOBL (mobile) parking permit helps alleviate some of these problems by authorizing parking in most unreserved parking locations throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses. This includes parking at any of our staffed facilities between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight, Monday-Friday. To take advantage of parking in these facilities all faculty and staff MOBL permit holders should, in addition to displaying a MOBL hang tag, have a transponder assigned to them. This transponder will provide hands-free access for our facilities currently utilizing our new access control system. Locations include:

    • 10 Akron St. garage
    • 10 Everett garage
    • 52 Oxford St. garage
    • 5 Cowperthwaite St. garage
    • Broadway garage
    • Harvard Business School open lot
    • Peabody Terrace garage
    • Soldiers Field Park garage

MOBL permits are designed for temporary access to other locations other than designated primary parking location. Your MOBL permit is printed with a designation for your primary location. You must park in this area as much as possible to allow space in small, high demand areas and for others who may require emergency access. We ask that MOBL permit holders limit parking to two hours or less in non-primary locations. Since mobile permit holders can access both garages and surface lots, all unreserved mobile permit holders will be paying the unreserved garage rate, regardless of their primary location.

We ask your further consideration when needing to park in smaller capacity lots such as the QUAD. In order to keep these areas open for MOBL parking, please assure that there is at least one open space in the lot before you park, and strictly limit your parking time. We also ask that parkers please utilize the larger parking areas at the Business School, Broadway and 52 Oxford Street garages over smaller surface lots.

Parking Services, in response to the needs of MOBL permit holders, has implemented "limited access" to the following lots during the hours listed. To guarantee parking in these areas for regular permit holders, MOBL parking rules will be strictly enforced. If a MOBL permit holder is parked in restricted areas during non-MOBL times, they will be ticketed and/or towed, regardless if it is a personal or departmental vehicle.

Lot Mobile parking until: Mobile parking after:


8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

FRAN (Metered Lot)

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Mill Street

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

William James

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Certain designated locations remain posted as "NO MOBL" areas. These areas are restricted from use by MOBL permit holders on a 24-hour basis. All MOBL locations are subject to change based on availability. Parking Services will update these locations on our Web site and notify MOBL permit holders of any change. 

NO MOBILE Locations Parking Designation    

8 Prescott Street


Barker Lot


Eliot Triangle


Perkins Hall


Semitic Museum


South Street Lot


24-hour tow zones include fire lanes, disability-designated spaces, reserved spaces, and other areas posted as such. Parking in these areas is strictly prohibited.

If you must deliver materials or equipment to one of the restricted MOBL locations during unauthorized hours, please display flashing hazard lights and strictly limit your time to fifteen minutes while unloading. Once you have completed the delivery, please move your vehicle to the nearest unreserved area.

MOBL parking is restricted in the lots listed above in order to allow adequate space for regular permit holders. Because faculty and staff parking needs change from year to year, mobile access to these lots will be reviewed annually. All enforcement policies apply to MOBL permit holders. Annual fees are based on the unreserved garage rates.

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