Parking

Location
Worcester, MA
Undergrads
2,253
Tuition
$38,450
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I don't know too much about this.

College Freshman

Parking: I have no use for a car on campus, so I'm not sure.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car on campus, but I have friends that do and they have said that finding parking is generally not an issue.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have my own car and I live on campus so I do not worry about parking. However, the school runs a shuttle every day from 4PM-4AM that goes anywhere 1/4 of a mile off campus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is a parking garage. It costs $350 for a year, but it's not too bad. That's if you want your car. Street parking is meh. They have various parking lots though, so it's not so bad.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 47th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 422nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 857th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angela Wu
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Undecided
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$110–$330 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Blocking entrance: $20
  • Failure to display proper decal: $20
  • Fire lane: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $200
  • Parking overnight in a non-overnight lot: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Florence Street
  • Main Street in front of the UC (free all day)
  • Far rear of Maywood Street lot along the fence (the cops don't seem to ticket there)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The Maywood Street lot between the hours of 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Getting a Parking Permit
Since the completion of the new parking garage, it has become quite easy to obtain a parking permit. That is, if you want to pay the $330. If not, then go to the Web site to get the parking sticker application form and send it in as soon as possible. Space in the cheaper $110 lot is much more limited. If the lots are full, you will be put on a waiting list. Generally, students on the waiting list will be given a spot during the second semester, as many students choose that semester to go abroad.
Parking Services
Clark University Police Department
950 Main St.
(508) 793-7575
www.clarku.edu/intranet/vehicles.cfm

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 32% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 29% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

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