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$46,600
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Very Hard
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2 College Freshman

Parking: Not very convenient to have a car on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Although most people get a parking spot, the chances of it being near your dorm are limited, especially if you're a sophomore. That being said, very few dorms are located in a place that would require you to use your car regularly, and the places that are have parking more readily available.

4 College Freshman

Parking: First-year students may not bring their cars. Parking for upperclassmen is easy in college lots. One can only get a ticket for parking on the street for too long.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is a crap shoot. Sometimes you have to take a fairly long walk to your car.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Got Fines? Fines are severe and frequent. Williams tries to discourage car use, which makes sense because you really don't need a car. So in order to do this, they put the parking lots very far away. Permits are also expensive.
Summary: Don't bring a car. They are expensive here and you will pay.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 547th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 607th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 683rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Hometown
Atlanta, GA
Major
American Studies - Arts in Context
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Parking does not seem to be an issue at Williams, even though it could be improved. When people come to visit, parking becomes very important, so it is nice to know that people are satisfied with their visitor parking passes. The College has been working on ways to provide parking close enough to one’s residence so that students don't end up walking to their car for a longer time than they drive it.

As for the construction projects, the consequences are yet to be seen. Nevertheless, parking is not much of an issue because the campus is so small.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are 11 student lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$120 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $101
  • First-year violations: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $101
  • Parking on grass: Warning, then $50
  • Restricted parking zone: Warning, then $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
Greylock and Perry
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Around Goodrich
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are available to everyone except first-year students. Visitors passes are also available, as well as temporary parking passes that are good for four weeks.
Parking Services
Campus Safety and Security
www.williams.edu/admin/security/rules/vehicle/index.php

Student Polls

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

  • 23% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 9 responses

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