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3 College Freshman

Parking: I really can't say much considering i do not have a car on campus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman are not allowed to have cars, unless they have special permission. Town is very small, so not a big deal if you don't have a car.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: All student spots are ridiculously far from housing and campus safety will write you a ticket within a couple hours of illegally parking which is usually $50. Gravel parking lot ruined the paint on my car last year.

4 College Junior

Parking: No matter where you park on campus it is always a short walk to wherever you are living as long as you obtain a free parking pass.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Cars, Cars, Cars – Well as a freshmen you are not allowed to have a car on campus. As you move up in the years you are allowed to have a car. I'm not very sure how the availability of parking spaces works on my campus. I don't have a car. I do know some friends that have cars and they don't really complain about it. The fines are serious. People just shouldn't break the rules when it comes to their cars. Having a car is a good thing at Ursinus because everything is in a driving distance.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 217th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 456th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 593rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Students are allowed to bring vehicles after freshman year. Freshmen can get special permission to bring a car if absolutely necessary—say, a medical reason or an off-campus job—but this is not encouraged as the College wants freshmen to stay on campus and become more involved with the school. A new parking lot was recently built behind the performing arts center. There is also parking by the Main Street houses with several small lots behind a few houses. Since there are not enough spots for residents on that side of the road, students sometimes have to park on the other end of campus. Although the campus is very small—and, at worst, it can be a 10-minute walk—it is very frustrating to spend a lot of time looking for a space close to your place of residence only to have to park a distance away. Sometimes students resort to parking illegally, but Campus Safety makes every effort to ticket offenders.

A car is not needed here, but it definitely helps to have one. The public transportation to Philly is not the greatest, but it works in a pinch. A car is convenient for small trips to Target, the movie theaters, King of Prussia Mall, and The Trappe Tavern, or for making trips to Philadelphia. But, on the whole, there are plenty of students on campus who do not bring a car during their time at Ursinus and get along just fine by bumming rides with other students.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No—unless there is a medical necessity.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $100 per academic year
  • $50 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Illegally parked in handicapped space: $100
  • Permit not in a valid parking area: $50
  • No decal/unregistered: $100
  • Parked improperly: $25
  • Parked in staff/faculty area: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
Behind Bakes Center
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Near any Main Street house
Getting a Parking Permit
All vehicles must be registered with the Campus Safety office in Wismer Hall within 24 hours. Applications are available at
Parking Services
Campus Safety Office
Wismer Hall
Olin Plaza
(610) 489-2737

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 38% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 11 responses

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