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3 College Freshman

Parking: They strictly enforce on and off campus parking, but you can usually find a spot, and you'll have to walk a little ways.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Plenty of parking and first year students can have cars on campus too.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking costs are expensive here, and bringing a car on campus is pretty much obligatory if you want to go anywhere fun. If you park in the wrong spot and you don't have a permit, you are basically guaranteed a fine.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Due to the size of the campus, parking is extremely convenient. Also, the lots are large for the size of the school and it is very cheap considering you may want the car to go to shop, dinner, etc.. The ticketing starts off at 5$ and works its way up depending on the severity.

4 College Student

Parking: Parking is done on colored lot system that correlates to your dorm. Some lots fill up quicker than others but parking is free and universal on weekends and freshman can have cars


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There are plenty of places around campus for you to park your car—if you don't mind getting a ticket. There are lots next to most dorms, but there's simply not enough space on campus to match the amount of parking permits they sell each year. Students parked in faculty lots are frequently ticketed. Even worse is when there's snow on the ground or construction blocking the lots. The bottom line: don't bring a car to Allegheny and get used to walking or biking.

The main reasons why students drive to class are because they wake up late or they don't want to walk in the cold. The campus is small compared to big universities, and you can walk from one end to the complete opposite end in 10 minutes. There isn’t much parking around the academic buildings themselves, and the spaces that do exist are generally reserved for faculty. Most people at Allegheny use their cars to go to Wal-Mart or Erie, but not on an everyday basis to get around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots all over campus that are color-coded.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen must register vehicles (if they have them) upon arrival with the Safety & Security Department.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$150 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improperly displayed permit: $10
  • No parking zone: $10
  • Vehicle parked in wrong lot: $10
  • Boot removal fee: $50
  • Handicapped space: $50
  • No permit: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Park Avenue
  • Ravine
  • Wise Center and Edwards parking lots
  • Outside of Steffee
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Brooks parking lot
  • Anywhere near Schultz
Getting a Parking Permit
Anyone can get a parking permit. Usually, no permit is necessary to park on the street, though.
Parking Services
Office of College Security
Newton Observatory
N. Main St.
(814) 332-3357

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 68 responses

  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 32% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 28% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

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