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3 College Sophomore

Parking: there are a few different options, most people don't have cars on campus

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Students that feel the need for a car have no problem keeping it on campus, but many students use the transportation provided by the college and don't feel the need for a vehicle.

3 College Junior

Parking: While the college doesn't like to advertise it, many students do have cars on campus. The College does make you jump through one or two hoops to get a permit, but I haven't heard of anyone having a real problem with it. If you think that you can avoid Security by not getting a permit, think again. I know people who have gotten parking tickets during the last week of term!

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The school is in a calm little town, in which parking just isn't an issue.

4 College Student

Parking: No Real Need for a Car – Parking is always available for students who have cars (and have permission to have cars). Most student parking is by the rec center which is on one side of campus and not more than an 8-10 minute walk at the most to anywhere on campus. One of the great things about Carleton is that only a few students have or need cars.

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The three biggest complaints about Carleton are the weather, the food, and the parking. There's nothing that anyone can do about the weather, and people complain about the food everywhere. But the parking at Carleton deserves every complaint it gets. If you live on campus and bring a car, you must place it in dead storage unless you have a valid reason to use it. If they find you using your car without permission, you'll get ticketed. Campus security does actually patrol the streets near campus for Carleton cars. The college has two lots-by the Rec Center and the football stadium. Stadium parking is preferred because it's closer, but both lots are far enough away from classes and dorms to discourage students from using them.

There are ways around getting ticketed. You can park in campus lots after 5 p.m., and then park in the street during the day. You should move your car every day to avoid tickets. Some students even use St. Olaf bumper stickers to fool campus security (they can't ticket visitors). You can't leave your car overnight on the street in the winter because of snow removal. You can get a parking spot in one of the dorm lots if you can convince the college that you have to use your car every day, but it's difficult and there's a lot of red tape preventing you from getting spots. A car is nice if you're an upperclassman, but freshmen and sophomores don't need one. Come to school without a car, then decide if the hassle of parking is worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$75 per term
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $25 and/or tow
  • Handicapped zone: $200 and/or tow
  • Speeding on campus: $20 for first offense; $40 for second offense; third offense, loss of right to operate vehicle on campus for a year after third offense
  • Unathorized removal from dead storage: $15 for first offense; $40 for second offense, and loss of parking privileges and/or tow
  • Unauthorized driving or parking: $10 for first offense, $20 for second, $40 and/or tow for subsequent offenses
  • Unregistered vehicle: $50 for first offense; $75 for second; $100 and/or tow for subsequent offenses
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Union, Nevada, or Winona Street
  • Any campus lot after 5 p.m. or on the weekend (all parking lots are open)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Burton, Davis, and Nourse parking lots
Getting a Parking Permit
Carleton discourages students from bringing vehicles on campus. If you do bring one, they make you place it in Dead Storage unless you can prove you need the car for medical reasons, work, or religious purposes. Dead Storage means that you can't remove your car from the parking lot without giving a convincing reason. Dinner and a movie isn't a convincing reason according to the parking attendants
Parking Services
Security Services
1 North College Street
(507) 646-4437
apps.carleton.edu/campus/security/

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 24 responses

  • 33% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% 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
Excellent
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% The Rec Center
  • 40% Union, Nevada, or Winona Street
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