Parking Permits at Tufts University
Valid parking permits are required to park in all Tufts University parking facilities in Medford/Somerville, Grafton, and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Tufts University offers a range of parking permits to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to accommodate a variety of user needs across Tufts University campuses.
Parking at the Boston Health Sciences campus is managed by Tufts Medical Center’s Parking and Transportation Services.
Eligibility for Parking Permits
The following user groups may purchase Tufts University parking permits:
All faculty and staff with active UTLN credentials.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, research assistants, teaching fellows, and other cross-registered students.
First and second year resident undergraduate students are not eligible to purchase Tufts University parking permits.
Visitors, guests, vendors and contractors should visit the visitor parking page for information.
Permit Purchasing and Use
Eligible users may purchase parking permits through our secure webportal utilizing their Tufts credentials. Permits may be purchased at an hourly, daily, or monthly rate depending on the user’s needs and permit eligibility. All permits are virtual (except Grafton campus permits) and are enforced based on the license plate of the user’s vehicle. Up to two vehicles may be registered under the same permit as long as only one of these vehicles is parked in Tufts University facilities at any given time. Please ensure that license plate information is entered accurately when purchasing permits. As long as a valid permit has been purchased with the correct vehicle license plate information, no additional signage or tags are needed.
Permits are valid for the duration specified upon purchase. Users may purchase parking permits using any valid credit or debit card.
Tufts employees have additional options to purchase parking permits using pre-tax dollars via the below programs:
Pretax employee payroll deduction with automatic renewal through our secure webportal. This option is available only for monthly permits.
Payment via the pretax transportation benefits card offered to Tufts employees. This transportation benefits card functions as a debit card and is loaded with pretax dollars on a monthly basis. These dollars may be used to purchase public transportation fares or parking permits at the user’s discretion. See the Commuter Benefits page for more details.
Once purchased, permits are valid in any applicable Tufts University parking facility on the relevant campus. Please note that some Tufts University parking spaces have additional regulations. Some Tufts University parking facilities are for employees only, while others are also open to students and visitors. It is the user’s responsibility to review all posted signage to ensure that their vehicle is parked in an eligible space based on their permit type. See the Parking Maps page for details on where Tufts employees, students, and visitors may park on each campus.
Watch the video tutorial below for a walkthrough of the permit purchasing process.
Tufts University offers a range of permit types to accommodate user needs.
This permit provides daily or monthly access to all Tufts University parking facilities on the Medford/Somerville campus, including spaces posted as “employee only.”
This permit provides daily or monthly access to all Tufts University parking facilities on the Medford/Somerville campus excluding those reserved for employees.
This permit provides daily or monthly access to all Tufts University parking facilities on the Medford/Somerville campus excluding those reserved for employees. Residential permits are offered at a higher rate as residential vehicles are expected to remain on campus overnight.
Visitors to the Medford/Somerville campus may purchase permits on an hourly or daily basis. Visitors are eligible to park in the Dowling Garage or the Cousens Parking Lot. This permit is valid exclusively for the Medford/Somerville campus. See the Visitor Parking page for more details.
This permit provides monthly access to the Dowling Garage for long-term visitors, such as commuters parking and riding the Green Line. This permit is only valid for visitor parking in the Dowling Garage.
This permit provides employees with annual access to Tufts University parking facilities on the Grafton campus. Once the permit is purchased online a physical sticker must be picked up to be placed on your vehicle. Parking staff will contact you after the online purchase to pick up your parking permit sticker.
This permit provides commuter students with annual access to Tufts University parking facilities on the Grafton campus. Once the permit is purchased online a physical sticker must be picked up to be placed on your vehicle. Parking staff will contact you after the online purchase to pick up your parking permit sticker.
Tufts University provides limited parking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Garage. This permit provides monthly access to this limited pool of spaces. Parking staff will contact you after the online purchase to pick up your MFA parking pass. Daily parking is also available for direct purchase at the MFA garage with your Tufts ID.
The monthly permit provides students and Faculty or Staff with monthly access to the St. Alphonsus Lot at the SMFA. A daily permit will also be available for purchase pending availability of spaces.
All vendors and contractors are required to purchase a parking permit.
Permits are available for purchase at the rates listed below. Departmental funds cannot be used to fund parking permits for faculty, staff, or students.
|Medford/Somerville Campus - Faculty & Staff||$38||$5||N/A|
|Medford/Somerville Campus - Commuter Student**||
|Medford/Somerville Campus - Residential Student (excludes 1st & 2nd year)**||$70||
|Medford/Somerville Campus - Visitor*||N/A||$20||$2.50|
|Dowling Garage Monthly Visitor||$85||N/A||N/A|
|Grafton - Employee||$30/year|
|Grafton - Commuter Student||$15/year|
|SMFA - St. Alphonsus||$70||$10||N/A|
*The Medford Visitor parking permit is valid exclusively on the Medford campus. This permit is not valid for any other campuses. Visitors to the Grafton campus may park for free in designated visitor parking areas. See our Parking Maps for details.
**Daily rate: valid 7am to 11pm at $5 per day, and $10 for overnight parking from 11pm to 7am.
***SMFA Garage monthly passes are limited to a total of 60 monthly users, and available on a first come first served basis. Additionally, daily parking is available for purchase at the garage for a discounted rate with a Tufts ID.
What Permit is Right for Me?
Our permit program aims to provide parker flexibility for affiliates who travel by multiple transportation modes or work hybrid/remote schedules. Tufts University affiliates who park on campus eight or fewer times per month are encouraged to purchase permits on a daily basis.
Faculty, staff, and students interested in hourly parking sessions may utilize the visitor parking program.
Boston Health Sciences Parking Permits
Parking permits on the Boston Health Sciences campus are managed by Tufts Medical Center Parking and Transportation Services.
Boston Health Sciences Parking Permits can be used on the Medford/Somerville campus by applying for parking reciprocity.
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