Clark’s parking situation is a lot better than at most schools. Due to its small size and expanded parking garage, any student with enough money can have a relatively safe place to park their car, and obtaining a parking decal is as easy as filling out a form. Freshmen are not restricted in bringing vehicles, and the city of Worcester offers free parking along all of the streets near campus. Clark will even give you a visitor’s pass so your friends can put their cars in the garage when they come to visit. The open lot is a short walk from campus, and the garage is fenced off and wired with security cameras. The only drawbacks are the winters and the money.
The winters in Worcester cause the city to put a parking ban into effect on one side of the street in order to allow plows to get through. This means that suddenly there is half the amount of spaces for the same amount of cars in the city. If you violate the ban, you will be ticketed and towed. Besides that, if your car is outside in an open lot or on the street, you should plan to keep a snow shovel with you at all times, since you will have to literally dig yourself out before you can get moving. It is at this point that the Clark garage starts to look like a good option. Unfortunately, parking prices increase every year, and chances are, you will end up paying a significant amount more by the end of your four years. However,it is worth it to have a car in Worcester, since the increase in mobility will allow you to more fully explore the city, the surrounding areas, and other cities like Boston and Providence.