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3 College Freshman

Parking: Sometimes its hard to find parking, and the parking permits are expensive.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit cost is not all that bad, $60 for a full year for a commuter. I have never received a ticket or fine but without a parking permit you will be ticketed or booted. Many commuters don't even drive they take SEPTA, which is convenient to get to. Also the off campus housing is within walking distance of the school, less than a 1/4 mile. There is really no need for a car. In the morning it can be difficult to find a parking spot if you park behind Boyer. The bottom half by the creek is the only place you can find parking all the time.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking lots fill up very fast

4 College Freshman

Parking: you can park without a pass and never get a ticket!

3 College Junior

Parking: I don't use a car so I don't have to worry about parking. But my roommate does have a car and parking is OK. We usually find a good spot but some days/times mean more people are needing to park a vehicle in a certain area so you just have to work with that.


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Students must register their cars with Public Safety, and it's $60 per year, which isn't too bad compared to other schools.  And if you lose your hangtag or if it's stolen, it's only $5 to replace it. But sometimes, students can get tickets for parking in an unauthorized space or if their permit isn't properly displayed; if students get three or more of these violations, they are subject to getting "the boot" (think Homer Simpson in the episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson"). To remove the boot, it's $25 (in addition to the fines you already owe). And if the boot remains on the car, you will owe an additional $15 per day, and, after three days, the car will be towed. When it comes to parking, the best bet is just to be smart about it. Make sure your hangtag is properly displayed, and make sure you're parking in the right lot.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
Parking without a permit: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
Parking is difficult everywhere, so your best bet is getting to the parking lots early.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits can be purchased at the Business Office in Kistler Hall on the lower level.
Parking Services
Public Safety Office
Dilworth Hall, ground floor
(215) 572-2900 (non-emergency)

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 100 responses

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 102 responses

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