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2 College Freshman

Parking: You don't need a car since public transportation is right there.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no need for a car, and I would not reccommend parking nearby.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There really is no need to drive yourself around campus. The only time I've seen a lot of cars around was during move-in day. The rest of the school year, however, most students walk or use the campus shuttles to get around BC and Columbia, and many take a cab, bus, or subway, to get out.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Neccessary – When you're in Upper West Side Manhattan, who needs to park? Take the Metro and if you really have to, park by Riverside.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't know why anyone would ever bring a car to Barnard. If New York's public transportation system is so amazing (and cheap), its parking is horrendous: good luck finding a parking spot (and then having to deal with NY's ridiculous parking rules and loop-holes). If you want to keep your car in a garage, get ready to shell out hundreds of dollars a month. All in all, there is absolutely no need to bring a car.


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There is really nowhere to park on campus or around campus. If you do drive to Barnard, make sure that you have plenty of time to get where you're going because it is not uncommon for a parking spot search to take more than half an hour. The school does not issue parking permits, nor does it have a place for anyone to park except instructors and administrators. This isn't because Barnard doesn't care about how students get to school, but because no one, except people who commute from upstate New York or New Jersey, drives in New York City. It's just much easier to walk or to take some form of public transportation, unless money is not an issue at all.

While Barnard's parking scene is almost laughable, a person has to take into consideration that most students live on campus, and, of those that live off campus, most live in Manhattan, and they most likely do not need to drive to campus, either. New York City's public transportation system is very easy and cheap to use, and that is how most New Yorkers get around in this pedestrian-friendly city. This may be strange to people from the South or the West Coast, where driving is a must for nearly everyone, but, in New York, driving is a luxury and not a necessity. Barnard really cannot help the street parking situation around campus because that is run by the city, and to somehow allot for on-campus parking for students would just be unnecessary.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Permits are not for sale
Best Places to Find a Spot
Try one of the streets south of campus like 113th or 111th. These are far enough away to perhaps have space. Just don't park north of campus, especially if you have a nice car.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere near campus
Getting a Parking Permit
There are no parking permits at Barnard. Student must fend for themselves finding a spot on the street or in one of the nearby parking garages.
Did You Know?
For a list of parking garages in the area, visit:

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 20% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 47% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

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