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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Berea has horrible parking. It is sad. Trustees might want to look at spending money on something students need such as....PARKING. You are also not allowed to have a car on campus unless you live so many hours away. Students try to bring their car anyway because its hard to operate under such strict rules.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Only a few students have cars due to school policies.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There are not many parking spots available as of now. So, there is competition for parking spaces, and not every student are allowed to bring their cars. The parking area for students is also far away, so it is a small walk.

1 College Junior

Parking: Only because there is very little space for parking seeing as freshman you aren't allowed to have a car.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It Could Be Much Worse – Freshman can't have cars, but plenty of them do. Many students park in front of friends' houses or park in two hour parking. Usually parking in two hour parking for days is not a problem. You are more likely to get a parking ticket from the campus police than the town police. That is why it is so important to only park in the parking lot that your decal specifies. Also, make sure you put your decal in the correct place on your car. They give tickets for that to. The campus is small, so even though the main student parking seems far away. it really isn't that bad.


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Students are not too fond about the parking at Berea College. First-year students cannot bring a car to campus unless they live more than 700 miles away. The College generally discourages bringing a car to campus, but if you’re an upperclassman and purchase a parking permit, you can bring one. Unfortunately, there are only two available lots for students to park in and they are far from the dorms, so it takes a while to walk from the dorms to your car, and vice versa. And don’t even think about parking in non-student parking—the rules are strictly enforced, and you will quickly get a ticket from Public Safety.

Since the College’s main goal is to provide a tuition-free education to lower-income students, Berea knows that not many have a car they can bring and reiterates that a car is not necessary here. However, even though the parking lots are not too convenient because of their locations, it is great that the school provides any type of parking for the students.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There is a student parking lot behind the facilities buildings and one next to Anna Smith Residence Hall.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Unless they get special permission.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in an non-student parking area: $10
  • Unauthorized vehicle: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
Anna Smith parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Students have to apply to get a permit, and the applications are approved based on class standing. For example, seniors (as well as active reservists and students who live more than 500 miles from Berea) get to submit their applications first. After that, permits are given on a first-come, first-serve basis to juniors and sophomores.
Parking Services
Department of Safety
Woods-Penn, first floor
(859) 985-3333

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 47 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

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