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4 College Senior

Parking: The main parking area near the classes are always full. Small parking lot.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Depending on what time and what day will depend if you can get a good parking spot or not. It is not very hard if you live on campus, but for commuters it gets to be a little annoying not being able to find a parking spot.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is awful if you dont arrive early, the lot is small, there is not enough room, the only way to reach the lot is down a bad brick road. The cost is $280 a year for a parking permit, which is insane because there is no need for it to be so high.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is prohibited unless you obtain a parking permit for a payment of a few hundred dollars per semester. Recently students living on campus were given parking permits also which made it very difficult for commuters to obtain parking spaces. Chatham would be much more efficient in their parking systems if there were additional lots added for commuter students.

2 College Senior

Parking: If you're visiting the campus, good luck finding a parking spot. Though parking places are extremely convenient in location, the price is awful! minimum of $200/semester when it only costs $20/year to get an off campus parking permit (or nothing at all depending on the neighborhood!). Most commuters take advantage of the 2 hour maximum placed on visitor spots and use those instead, causing lots of issues for visitors attempting to park on campus.


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Parking at Chatham, much like parking in the rest of Pittsburgh, is not readily available and tends to be expensive. Due to the nature of Chatham's campus, few parking spots are available. Students with parking passes can park in either the Upper Campus lots or the lots on Fifth Avenue (if they live in the campus apartments) at any time. For students without a parking pass, visitor parking is available in all Upper Campus lots from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and is open on weekends.

The bad news is if you park on campus without a permit, you are more than likely going to get saddled with a ticket, which can cost from $35 for a Chatham citation to around $60 for a state citation. The good news is that there is a decent amount of off-campus parking available. Shady Avenue, College Street, and Maryland Avenue are all within walking distance of campus and have free street parking. Students just have to be aware of when street cleaning is scheduled and move their vehicles on those days—or they might just end up with that ticket anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are parking lots all around campus, including lots at the library/theater, Buhl Terrace, East lots, Berry, Beatty Drive, Fickles, and Eastside.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$140 per semester, $280 per year
Common Parking Tickets
Parking on city streets on street cleaning days : $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Behind Fickes Hall
  • Terrace lot (behind the library)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
In front of Mellon Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are issued to undergraduates, graduate students, and commuters. Parking permit applications are available online at (Chatham's intraweb), and the application is straightforward and easy to fill out. Public Safety notifies accepted applicants usually within a week or two, and passes can be picked up at the Student Accounts office in Braun Hall. Any issues with parking permits or tickets can be taken to Public Safety in Rea Garage.
Parking Services
Office of Public Safety
Rea Garage
Woodland Road
(412) 365-1231
Did You Know?
Car break-ins do happen. Never leave any valuables visible in your vehicle: Bring all GPS units in with you, keep your CDs where they aren't visible, don't leave anything lying on your seats, and even tidy up the loose change in your cup holders. This will decrease the chances of your car looking interesting enough to break into.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 41 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 46% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% In front of Mellon Hall
  • 33% Chapel hill
  • 11% The parking lot
  • 0% Apartment lot

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 58% Terrace lot (behind the library)
  • 42% Behind Fickes Hall
  • 0% Murray hill ave


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