Paying for parking permits on campuses across the United States is the norm. But at Saint Martin’s, permits are free. You read that right—free! Parking can be somewhat of a pain, though. For commuters, parking is located by the Grand Staircase ("Jesus Stairs") as well as the Northeast and Southeast lots (they are next to each other); these locations are a good two- to five-minute walk to classes. To get to Old Main, a common conundrum always seems to pop up: “Should I go up the Jesus Stairs and be out of breath by the time I enter the building or walk up the hill then up another set of stairs but add on one to three minutes to get to class?” Most choose the out-of-breath option. The walk to Harned Hall is less demanding and requires no set of stairs to climb (unless class is on the second floor), but it will still take two to five minutes. Finding a spot is not hard, but hiking to class will become an everyday activity. For residents, each residence hall has its own parking lot, and some students use the parking lot next to the rec center and softball field.
There is no need to park off campus because there are more than enough spots and there are none available off campus. Even though the University is a small campus, parking lots are situated so that everyone has to walk a good distance to their destination. Be very careful where you park; there are designated spots for visitors, staff, and faculty. If you are caught parking in these areas, you are asking for a ticket.