Arrival & Parking

All students should arrive on campus this year on August 16th, between 11 AM and 3 PM. If you cannot arrive by 3 PM, there are several local families that can host you the night before, but do email us early, as those spots tend to fill up fast.

There are several options for getting to Harvard from Boston Logan Airport or South Station.

Subway

The subway (or the T as it is called here in Boston) costs $2.50 each way and takes about an hour from the airport to Harvard Square (however, it's currently free to ride if you're leaving from the Airport). At the airport, exit your terminal and follow the signs to the Silver Line bus pick up locations (usually at the end of the terminal). Once on the Silver Line, stay on the bus as it stops at each terminal, and then makes three more stops before reaching South Station. Get off here and switch to an inbound train on the Red Line. Six stops later get off at Harvard Square. It should take about 30 to 40 minutes. Visit the MBTA website if you'd like to take a look at the T and print out a map before you get here.

Taxi

A cab ride from Logan airport will cost about $40 and will take 20 to 30 minutes; tell the driver to take you to Harvard Square, and then ask to be dropped off at Johnston Gate. A taxi from South Station should cost $10 to $20 and will take about 20 minutes.

Once you arrive at Harvard Yard, head towards Matthews Hall. Near Matthews you should easily find about 85 crazy looking FOP Leaders wearing matching t-shirts. They will direct you towards the Aloha Desk, where you will begin your FOP journey!

Parking

Three basic options are available. You may also want to review Harvard Campus Services' site for additional information.

Parking on the Street

There is metered parking on several streets; however, it is very difficult to find open spaces. Look on Massachusetts Avenue and its cross streets - Dunster Street, Holyoke Street, Linden Street, and Plympton Street - for metered parking. Also look on Mount Auburn Street, which runs parallel to Mass Ave., closer to the Charles River. Un-metered parking is also available across the river on Harvard Street and Western Avenue.

Harvard Parking at the Business School

At $15 for a day pass during the week and $5 for a pass on the weekend, this can be more affordable than private lots. Drive down JFK Street and cross the Charles River. JFK Street becomes North Harvard Street; continue along North Harvard Street. You will pass the Harvard Stadium on your right. Turn into the first road on your left, Harvard Way and park in the large lot at the end of that street. It takes about twenty minutes to get back to Harvard Yard.

Private Parking

There are several private parking lots in the Harvard Square area:

  • On Church Street (off Mass Ave.), look for a lot across from the Border Café and next to Starbucks.
  • On Eliot Street, you can find a garage next to Tanjore Restaurant.
  • Also on Eliot Street, the Charles Hotel has a garage for public use.
  • On Holyoke Street, there is a garage under the Holyoke Center.