Don’t bring a car to campus—you won’t need it, even if you want to go into Philly every week. SEPTA is pretty reliable and a lot cheaper than the cost of gas and parking, which are more reasons why few students have cars. If you must have a car on campus, you will need to apply to a campus committee the year before you’d like to bring your car. Students need fill out an application that they can get through Public Safety or online; then, the Car Authorization Committee evaluates the applications, giving preference to upperclassmen. The process is a lottery system, and even if you get a permit, it does not mean you will be guaranteed a parking space.
If you are approved, you will be assigned your very own Swarthmore parking pass. There is one catch, though. If you get a campus parking permit, you are required by Worth Health Center to take students to and from doctors’ offices or the hospital once in a while. If you don’t get a campus space, there’s always the borough of Swarthmore, although it’s sometimes much harder to find a space there. You can get a parking permit in the Ville for $50, but the police are on constant lookout for illegal parkers, so unless you have a good reason and are willing to put up with the hassle, leave your car at home with your parents.