Do you like your car? Do you have a financial or emotional incentive to keep it in peak condition? Have you become accustomed to convenient and free parking? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might want to seriously reconsider bringing your car to campus. The cruel winters and even crueler parking cops make street parking a dangerous proposition. If a snowplow doesn’t hit your car, a $10 ticket will. It’s widely known that the Providence city government is funded largely on parking tickets. Having a car, therefore, will probably cost you another $50 a month in parking tickets. It’s not as bad as the big cities, but you will start to get frustrated with the little orange friends you find on your windshield.
Brown parking also leaves a lot to be desired. Upperclassmen are usually able to get a university parking spot in a safe, covered lot, but there are far fewer good spots than students who want them. Most underclassmen are forced to park in a lot that’s so far away it is only accessible by car. Private parking lots are the most popular choice for students, but they come at a high cost. Most students choose not to bring a car until senior year when they can park at an off-campus house or get a good university parking spot.