Navigating Harvard / FAS

With 35,000 faculty, students, and staff spread out over ten million gross square feet, getting started at FAS can feel a little overwhelming. The information in this section will help you navigate this dynamic web of people and places.


Navigating Harvard/FAS

Harvard/FAS 101

Here are some "basics" that will help you be a knowledgeable and proud member of our FAS and University-wide communities.

Learn about Harvard and FAS  

Key Contacts

Getting Around Harvard/FAS

Whether you're driving, bicycling, walking, or taking public transportation, we will do our best to make it easy and cost-efficient for you to get to, from, and around FAS.


Parking and Commuting  

Harvard's CommuterChoice program is the go-to place for commuting information, including biking, public transit passes, Zipcar memberships, ridesharing, campus shuttles, van services, and more.

Employees are eligible to apply for an annual parking permit. Harvard Transportation & Parking Services includes rate information, an online application, maps, and more.

Workplace and Personal Safety

  • Evacuation procedures should be followed in the event of fire or similar emergencies.
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides safety trainings for those who work with hazardous materials or in potentially hazardous conditions.
  • The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) (617-495-1212) is responsible for the safety and security of Harvard’s staff and students.  HUPD can also help with safety-related concerns such as restraining orders, understanding the court process, and communicating with other police agencies.
  • Register for MessageMe, Harvard University's Emergency Notification System, to receive critical information during emergencies via text messaging, voice, and/or email.
  • Shuttle and Van Service is designed to transport staff, faculty, and students safely around the campus area as a supplement to the shuttle bus system.
  • Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP) teams provide walking escorts every night during the academic year, and cover the Yard, River, and Quad areas.
  • Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides counseling, online resources, and seminars to help with any personal, family, or work-related issue including mental health, drug issues, relationship safety, and more.