Parking remains a fairly minor issue at Macalester, since there is a minimal number of students that actually uses cars to drive to school on a regular basis. Parking permits are free for anyone with a vehicle and allow students to park all year at specified lots around campus. However, these permits only cover student parking for the daytime hours, which sometimes leaves students in a bind when trying to find legitimate overnight parking without the risk of a ticket. Students without permits, usually people living off campus, can also find parking without much hassle.
The biggest frustration students have about parking around campus comes with the territory—Minnesota is a very snowy state. As such, there are many laws about which sides of the street are available after large snowfalls restrict parking in favor of plowing the roads for general traffic. As long as students check for snow emergency advisories, they should be safe from tickets or having their cars buried beneath a sometimes-impenetrable barrier of plowed snow.