Having a car at Skidmore is affordable and an option for all years. A parking permit is $55 per semester or $110 for the entire academic year (you'll need a new permit every year). Those prices apply to every student with a car, regardless of where he or she is eligible to park. If you're living in the dorms, your car must be parked in (the large) West Lot or (the small) Wait Lot—this goes mostly for freshmen and sophomores. Although some spots can be farther from some dorms, there will always be a spot available. If you're living in Scribner Village (juniors and seniors), there are parking spots in front of each house. For the Northwoods Apartments, there is a large lot to the side of the apartments as well as 30-minute parking spots. Finally, if you live off campus, you can find a spot in several other lots on campus, including Palamountain, Case, sports center, and Zankel Music Center lots. These spots are also shared with faculty, so it can be difficult to find a spot—leave yourself time before class!
The bottom line: Skidmore is a small campus, and a "far walk" for Skidmore students is, in reality, a short walk. So, though students complain that sometimes their car is parked "far" away, they'll probably reach it in less than a five-minute walk.