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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are spots to park on campus, but they are usually filled up quickly. However, it is totally not necessary to have a car on campus, since everything you need is easily accessible.

3 College Senior

Parking: I don't have a car, sometimes I really wish I did (Bryn Mawr is not really a pedestrian friendly place at all, everyone drives!) but a friend does. It is often hard to find a parking spot and you can't depend on a spot you've had before to be dependable. However, the permit cost is $100 so that's not too bad :-)

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Never had a around easy.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit is $100, but you can't always find a spot around campus. Unless you are planning to drive off campus, you don't need a car; the campus is small enough that you can walk comfortably from one end of campus to the other.

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5 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is always available in the various dorm parking lots.


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Parking is limited, and it's one of the few things that
Public Safety regulates. You must have a permit to
park conveniently, and to get a permit, you must convince Public Safety that you need a car. Parking without a
permit may involve a long walk, a hefty fine, or, if done cleverly, a feeling of great satisfaction. Students either believe that the advantage of having a car diminishes the hassle and fuss about how problematic the parking situation is. Either way, parking is a hassle, but it will only be your hassle if you think you absolutely cannot live without a car at Bryn Mawr.

Freshmen are not given permits, so parking will not be
an immediate concern. If you think you might need a car after freshman year, say, for an important internship far from campus or for necessary family obligations, do not despair, because if you discuss your situation with Public Safety, they are likely to give you a permit. If your reason is not compelling to Public Safety, you will have to decide if you are willing to hike to and from your car, risk being booted, or move it so it does not get towed after a snow storm.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students can park campus-wide or on the street, except for BYC lot.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$35 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Handicapped zone: $40, plus tow/boot
  • Parking in visitor's zone: $20, plus tow/boot
  • Parking without permit: $20
  • Unregistered vehicles: $100, plus tow/boot
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Students who have permits may park in the Brecon, Batten, Lower Science, Perry House, and Erdman/Morris Avenue lots.
  • Students without permits can try the visitor lots, Yarrow Road, Montgomery Road, and Merion Avenue.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Behind Merion Hall
  • Behind the Campus Center
  • The Facilities Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are allocated based on need as determined by Public Safety. All students receive applications via e-mail in the spring, and they must apply then.
Parking Services
Public Safety
(610) 526-7911

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 32 responses

  • 12% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 47% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 19% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

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