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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Albion College has several lots for you to park in but you are rather restricted to the lot on your parking permit. They try to put in lots close to your dorms but sometimes they cannot fit you and you end up on their overflow lot by the Dow which is somewhat removed from the dorms. Parking permits around around $300. Campus Safety does patrol parking lots to see if the cars are without permits or in the wrong lot. They frequently issue tickets. In the past couple years, Albion College removed some parking spaces in the main areas of campus, either making them all handicap spots or no parking zones.

3 College Junior

Parking: Good Parking. Close to all the dorms and classrooms

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3 College Freshman

Parking: You are told what lot you are allowed to park in when you get your permit sticker. It is the closest lot to your dorm. The cost isn't too bad. As a freshman, parking is not the greatest because the parking lot beside Wesley Hall (the freshman dorm) fills up quickly. There is the church parking lot which you are also allowed to park in as a freshman but that is just around the block - not far at all. Once you aren't a freshman there are no problems. Don't try to be sneaky when parking. Campus safety will ticket you if you don't park in the correct lot.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: The freshmen parking lot is way to small at the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking has not been an issue for me. Cars aren't even necessary unless, you need to drive to Ann Arbor or Jackson to check on the status of civilization. Campus safety is quite strict with adherence to parking rules, so never park in a lot or space that you haven't been assigned to!


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All students are permitted to have a car on campus, and because you are assigned specific lots to park in, finding a spot is never too hard. On weekends, it can be frustrating, because from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, parking is pretty much a free-for-all. Make sure that you're in your assigned lot or zone because, come Sunday night, you'll be guaranteed a ticket. Campus Safety patrols the lots nightly, and they are more than eager to punish all who don't obey the parking rules.

As a general rule, the higher your class year, the better your parking spot. As a first-year, you can bet on having to park across campus, but really it's only a 10-minute walk at most, wherever you are. Come sophomore year, your permit will be more likely to match a lot close by your residence hall. As with most things, your parking privileges get better with time, so just be patient.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
First-year students register for parking after they have made their deposits.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$300 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired temporary permit: $15
  • Parked in a yellow or no parking zone: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
It's best to stick to your permitted lot during the week, as Campus Safety is constantly patrolling at night hoping to ticket someone. However, from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, parking is basically a free-for-all.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Really, it all depends on where you're living. It can be really frustrating when your lot doesn't match up to your residence.
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are not hard to obtain, but the earlier you apply for one, the better spot you will get. Also, the longer you've been at Albion, the better the parking spot you'll receive.
Parking Services
Campus Safety
1003 E. Cass St.
(517) 629-0213

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

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