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3 College Junior

Parking: There is more parking spaces uphill but majority of the campus lives downhill. It is also impossible to get a spot in Hunt Hall.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are some convenient spots

3 Niche User

Parking: Freshmen aren't allowed to own cars their first year, but some choose to park off-campus. This leads to even less spots being around off-campus, so if you don't have a spot on-campus you might not find a spot for a while.

3 College Freshman

Parking: there is very limited parking and only upperclassmen can use it

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is difficult on campus. There are parking lots and parking spaces on campus, however, spots fill up quickly and finding a spot may be difficult. If you want to get off campus occasionally, having a car would be convenient. Getting off campus without a car is difficult unless its walking distance from the school. The student permit costs $100 which would not be much if we weren't frugal college students, but we are so it may seem like a lot.


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Freshmen are not allowed cars on campus, but it is not really necessary to have a car your first year because everything you need is on campus. After freshman year, when students bring their cars, finding a parking place does not seem to be a huge issue. Most students really only complain about the lack of parking near the academic buildings. However, the campus is so small that students can easily walk everywhere they need to go, so cars are more useful for getting off campus to the surrounding area, rather than around campus. Compared to many other universities, Bucknell has a relatively cheap parking permit price.

There are a few parking lots and a lot of areas to park along the street. Street parking can be a pain, though, because each street is cleaned on a different day each week, and if your car is not moved, you’ll be ticketed. It can also be annoying to park on the street during the winter, especially if you have a small car. When the plow comes down the street, your car can get completely snowed in, which results in you spending half the morning shoveling it out of the snow! Sometimes the parking signs can be confusing, which can result in you accidently parking in staff or visiting parking, where you will receive a ticket. On the lower end of campus are two large parking lots that are rarely full, but many students prefer parking on the street because of the close proximity to the dorms. As long as you carefully read the parking signs, parking is relatively stress-free at Bucknell.


Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are various parking lots around campus, and most parking lots are for both students and faculty.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $35 per semester
  • $50 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $25
  • Student parking in staff parking spot: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Seventh Street
  • Smith Parking Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Hunt Hall
  • Library
Getting a Parking Permit
Students fill out vehicle registration cards, proof of license, proof of insurance, proof of vehicle ownership, and submit the permit fee.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
(570) 577-3333
Did You Know?
There are only 2,500 parking spots on campus for 2,256 registered staff cars and 1,656 registered student cars.

Student Polls

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

  • 13% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 47% 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.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

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