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3 College Sophomore

Parking: i dont have a car so this does not really apply to me. I just know that parking on a off campus fills up quickly during the week when all the student and professors need to be on campus.

5 College Junior

Parking: Hood is a small school and they have provided ample parking. Even if you have to park off-campus, there is free street parking that is amazingly close to campus and the main academic buildings. I have never once parked farther than about a football field from the building I wanted to be in. You don't even really need a car because Hood is right downtown close to lots of things. They do frequent bus trips too in case you want to see Baltimore, Annapolis, or DC while you're here.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: It's pretty easy to find a spot close to the residence hall you live in, and it's relatively inexpensive to buy a parking pass. It's also pretty convenient that you don't have to drive most places at Hood college, because you can walk to so many things.

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4 College Senior

Parking: Need is not high. There is a new lot being constructed. The campus is small, no need for a car to get around. There is a fee, but I do not have a car.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is one parking lot that is shared between two dorm halls and a sciences building, so parking gets hectic and unavailable during the afternoon and evening hours. The lot farthest from classes is often the best bet to get an easy spot.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 202nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 867th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1078th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katrina Castner
Clarksville, Maryland
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If there is one thing people complain about frequently at Hood, it's the lack of parking. Despite Hood having a commuter population that nears 50 percent, the College doesn't provide enough parking for everyone. If you want to find a parking spot, it's critical to show up very early. Usually at the peak (sometime around 11 a.m.), there are absolutely no parking spots, and you will be left to find a spot on one of the side streets off campus (even though you paid for a parking permit). However, as you drive around, scouring the filled-to-capacity lots for a space, do not even think about creating your own spot or parking in a spot that is not for you; Campus Security will find it, and you will get a ticket.

Despite the limited parking on campus, buying a parking pass is very affordable. For two years, a parking pass is $50. However, buying a parking pass does not guarantee a parking spot—especially behind Whitaker Campus Center. In addition, there are designated parking spots for commuters and residents. Residents and commuters will have the best luck finding a space in the lot behind the tennis court or the lot right by the chapel. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots all over campus, both for commuters and residents.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Although freshmen are allowed to bring cars and park on campus, it is highly discouraged because of the extreme lack of parking.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50 for two years
Common Parking Tickets
  • Creating your own space: $15
  • Not having a parking pass: $15
  • Parking in commuter spot as a resident and vice versa: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Parking lot behind the tennis courts
  • Parking lot next to the chapel
  • Student parking lot behind Smith Hall
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Parking lot behind Meyran Hall
  • Parking lot behind Shriner Hall
  • Parking lot behind Whitaker Campus Center
Getting a Parking Permit
To get a permit, go to the Communication Center in the Whitaker Campus Center. The Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Parking Services
Transportation and Parking
Communication Center
Whitaker Campus Center
(301) 696-3575

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 33 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.
  • 36% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

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