Waltham, MA
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is available only for students who are not Freshman. Sometimes, you can find parking spots but there are other days where you can't park your car anywhere. Also, there is free parking.

2 College Junior

Parking: People have a really hard time finding parking on campus in the mornings. So it is definitely better to just walk to class if you live off campus. Also, freshman aren't allowed to have cars unless there's a special circumstance.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Can't have a car on campus until junior year without filing for it with legitimate reason (aka an off campus job or you commute).

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College Sophomore

Parking: I don't own a car and cannot drive.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is nearly impossible on campus. You have to have a special pass in order to park, or else you will be ticketed. There aren't a lot of parking places, so be sure to accommodate that issue when arriving early before classes.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 924th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1069th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1147th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Many students agree that having a car definitely has a lot of positives: it’s easy to get home during breaks, easy to travel into Waltham and to go shopping, and very easy to get to the Riverside stop on the MBTA Green Line, which is much easier than taking the commuter rail. However, the biggest negative is that there is never enough parking around campus. Commuters must share any good spaces with teachers and face getting a $25 ticket if they are parking outside of their assigned lot. The whole campus is in need of a serious paving.

If you live off campus, you absolutely need a car. If you don’t, then there is no real reason for one beyond getting around on weekends or having an off-campus job. Most parking lots are not close to anything convenient, and parking is made even more difficult by the fact that a permit restricts you to one lot, which is probably not near your dorm. Overall, parking on campus could improve. There aren't enough spaces during the day or convenient parking lots.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$125 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Unauthorized overnight parking: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • You can usually find a spot in T-lot, which is not too far from the campus center.
  • There are plenty of parking spots in Grad but it isn't near anything, which makes it extremely inconvenient.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Brandeis has a terrible parking shortage, so it is hard to get a spot in any lot remotely close to any important building during the day.
Getting a Parking Permit
If you apply before the school year starts, you’ll usually get one before the first day of classes.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
Stoneman Building
(781) 736-4250

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 47 responses

  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 34% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 34% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

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