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Recent Alumnus

Parking: Actually, I haven't seen much off-campus parking. There's just the meter in the small town of Wellesley, or free spots in front of a few shops and at the commuter rail stop. That's it.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, so I don't know too much about this.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Seniors get to park in the garage so their cars are protected and not a far walk. Because there are so many international students many don't have cars. As soon as you're a sophomore you can have your car on campus for a relatively small yearly fee or slightly more expensive semester fee. Parking is pretty far from east campus however.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Its Ok – Most students don't have a car on campus so its ok. In town its kinda hard to find space. On campus there are some free spaces but they are very limited. Those who have cars just pay for a permit fee to put their park in the parking garage.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 139th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 802nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1001st
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Safety Harbor, FL
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
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The parking garage has made students feel better about the campus parking situation, but they're still a bit annoyed that it's all located on one side of campus. Although faculty and staff parking is scattered around, students in East Side dorms have to walk across campus to reach the student lots and the Wang Campus Center, and underclasswomen face an extra couple minutes' walk to the DC lot by the athletic fields.

Although it may be a trek to the lots, parking is plentiful and comparatively cheap. The inconvenience of hiking to your assigned lot is much less than the inconvenience of not having a car, and by senior year, you'll have a nice cushy spot in the parking garage.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Davis Parking Facility, Distribution Center Lot, and Dower Lot
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$135 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $25, plus tow
  • Parking outside your designated lot: $25
  • Fire lane: $75, plus tow
  • Handicapped zone: $75, plus tow
Best Places to Find a Spot
In your assigned lot-otherwise you'll be ticketed!
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus other than student lots-all other lots are for faculty, staff, and commuter students.
Getting a Parking Permit
Seniors and commuter students recieve priority permits for the Davis Parking Facility and are also allowed to park in Founders Lot and Library spaces after business hours and on weekends. Commuters also have their own lot. Seniors who live in the East Side dorms, Homstead, Instead, Orchard Apartments, and Stone-Davis are entered into the Dower Lottery to compete for spots in the Dower Lot. Juniors and sophomores are assigned to DC Lot.
Parking Services
Wellesley College Police Department
Davis Parking Facility
(781) 283-2121
Did You Know?
If you decide to sneak your car onto campus and not get registered, you'll be put on the tow list after the second or third ticket. For registered students, five tickets gets you on the tow list. And believe it-they do tow!

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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