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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Overall, the parking situation is pretty good. Since Bentley offers two bus shuttle services, lots of students don't bring cars to campus - thus making the parking spots plentiful.

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4 College Junior

Parking: There are so many parking lots of campus that it's literally impossible to get a spot. While the spot may not exactly be where you want it, the walk from any parking lot near the academic buildings is short enough to where no one should complain.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I always find a spot to park within 8 minutes. I can't always park where I want to but there is another lot right next to it. I can't really complain about the parking because overall, it's great.

3 College Freshman

Parking: No freshmen have cars. Very crowded but enough spots.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The need for a car on campus is not high. Bentley provides transportation to Harvard square where you can then travel throughout Boston. Bentley also lets all students besides freshman have cars on campus if they want one. The parking fee is roughly $125 per semester.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 251st
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 596th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 619th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kat Webber
Augusta, ME
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Residential parking can be a pain depending on where you live, but not all hope is lost. Miller Deck is usually the best bet to find parking, although the lots between Forest and Kresge are decent too. Parking if you live in Collins can be a hassle because there are only a small number of spaces beside it, so you'll most likely be walking from either Miller or the Trees. Lower campus parking isn't as bad, but no matter where you end up there, you'll have a short trek. If you choose to live on North Campus, however, the parking situation gets a bit easier. There are usually open slots near all four of the buildings, and coming to campus, your pass gives you the option of either a residential lot or the commuter lots, which are closer to the academic buildings. Commuter lots are extensive, though finding parking on Tuesdays and Thursday can be a chore, given the number of people who choose to take classes on those days.

Freshman are not allowed to have cars on campus, excepting special circumstances, but don't fret. There is a shuttle into Harvard and a loop around campus, or you can always make friends with upperclassmen. Cars are not a necessity at Bentley, as most everything on campus is within a 10 minute walk, although it is built on a hill. Once you have an apartment on campus though, you may want to consider bringing a car or living with someone who has one for getting the groceries, etc. The parking permits are free, but beware of parking tickets! Parking in the wrong lot for your permit, parking in incorrect places, or even speeding can result in troublesome fees. Permits are also available on weekends for visitors.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
There are some exceptions to this rule which must be discussed with Campus Police prior to coming to campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $25–$100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Miller parking deck
  • Behind Rhodes and Forest in the afternoon
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Behind Collins Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are free and readily available for upperclassmen. Pre-registration is required via MyBentley (, and decals are picked up at Campus Police headquarters. Special parking permits are available for guests and visitors at no charge.
Parking Services
University Police
(781) 891-2201

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 29% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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