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2 College Freshman

Parking: The cost to park on campus (with a parking pass) is too much. It also is hard to find a fair spot at a reasonable distance from classes.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking here is actually excellent, considering we don't have very many parking lots and the ones we have are tiny. The off campus parking is huge however and the shuttle bus travels constantly to and from.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It does cost money for a parking sticker to park in the lots on campus, but after 4 pm it is free. If you have later classes or evening classes parking is fairly decent. Burlington in the winter is a problem though. Students have to allow themselves more time to get to class when all parking spaces on campus are filled early in the day. There is plenty of street parking but it might be a few minutes walk to class. Overall the school has provided ample parking spaces and in a town such as Burlington, you don't even need a car to get around so a lot of students enjoy making the walk to and from campus every day.

3 College Senior

Parking: The parking is about a mile away, but the school always provides transportation 24/7 over to the lot. Its free to park your car there and street parking around Burlington is free, but fills up.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There seems to be an administration-driven move towards less and less parking on campus, and building more buildings. Personally, I see no good reason to diminish the parking on campus as it is already very limited. Public Safety is nice about extenuating circumstances regarding cars parked during restricted hours, but the fact that the college is trying to lessen the amount of already minimal parking seems like a bad idea. (2012)

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For sustainability and economic purposes, Champlain is aiming to be a car-free campus by 2020. With all of the construction and building expansion on campus, parking lots are being eliminated. For now, the best option for parking is the Gilbane Lot off of Pine Street, one mile from campus. There are frequent shuttles to Gilbane, and since the Miller Center at Lakeside was built and opened, vandalism of cars has not been a problem. 

For now, while parking lots still exist on campus, parking is strictly for professors with on-campus parking permits between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. After 4 p.m. and on weekends, students and visitors can park on campus without a permit. During the restricted hours, parking enforcement is strict and will ticket cars. On average, these parking tickets are $50. If students are commuters or have off-campus jobs that run late into the night, there are circumstances where on-campus permits can be granted for $100 per semester. If students live at Quarry Hill or Spinner Place, there are garages available on-site, with various permit costs.

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Student Parking Lot?
Students can park their cars for free at the Gilbane Lot off of Pine Street, accessible by shuttle to main campus. If the students' dorm has a parking lot, they can park their cars there from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. and on weekends. Students who live at Main Street Suites, Quarry Hill, and Spinner Place may be able to get parking permits for those garages for a fee (limited space).
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen have the same opportunity to park in the Gilbane Lot, although it is not suggested because cars provide an easy outlet to go off campus, and students may not get the best college experience.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$100 per semester for commuting students
Common Parking Tickets
Parked on campus without a permit between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Side streets, Maple and Summit
  • Gilbane Lot at Lakeside Campus
  • Behind McDonald Hall (between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.)
  • Behind Bankus and Rowell halls (between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Any lots on campus
Getting a Parking Permit
Students should go to the, and enter "Champlain" as their parking destination. They will also be required to use the last seven digits of their Datatel ID number for registration. Limited parking is available, so permits are issued by zone on a first-come, first-served basis. If the application and payment are approved, then the permit will be sent to the owner's mailbox.
Parking Services
Campus Safety & Parking Office
Skiff Hall
(802) 865-5403

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 33 responses

  • 24% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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