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4 College Freshman

Parking: Make sure you have a car with either FRONT WHEEL DRIVE or FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. GET SNOW TIRES. It isn't Boston. It's Maine. There is snow here. Realize that. You will get stuck and have a bad day if you do not have these options. Also buy a shovel and either salt or kitty litter. Keep them in your car. Start up your car when it's cold just for 10 minutes so your battery doesn't died. Keep your area clean. The plow does not help you get out, instead it will trap you into your spot.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking at Colby can be challenging due to the number of students with cars; however, so much open space there allows for open spots.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking permits are free to Colby students. Generally cars aren't necessary, but it can be helpful to have one on certain occasions.

5 College Student

Parking: For such a small liberal arts college, Colby offers MORE than enough parking space, hence the reason why freshman are allowed to bring cars.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There's always a place to park, but it may be a couple minutes from where you need to be. 3 major parking spots available.


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All students, even first-years, are allowed to park for free at Colby, and most tend to find it very easy. Because the College is in Maine, the snowy winters can be a problem, but students with four-wheel drive and snow tires (maybe even a shovel) fare well. The parking lots are all within a five-minute walking distance from any given dorm but even that can seem too far in the winter. Colby is generally good about plowing the lots after a large storm, but if you leave your car in a lot too long without moving it, your car will likely end up under a few feet of snow.

There are three main student lots around campus—Bob's, Foss, and Hillside—as well as student parking at the athletic center, and parking spots are always available. Campus is far enough from town that having a car is very helpful, especially during the cold winters. But even if you don’t have a car of your own, so many students bring one to campus because Colby makes it so easy that you’re likely to know someone who has a car on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are three student lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Unregistered car: Warning or $10
  • Undesignated spot: $25
  • Handicapped spot: $50 or $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
Hillside always has spots, but they're sometimes on the highest level.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The coveted first tier of the Hillside lot
  • The one-hour parking outside of Bob's
Getting a Parking Permit
The Department of Security issues parking permits for free, although they limit one permit per person.
Parking Services
Department of Security
Roberts 128
5530 Mayflower Hill
(207) 859-5530

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 54 responses

  • 59% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 28% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 47 responses

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