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3 College Freshman

Parking: I guess it could be worse. Convenient parking spaces are hard to find.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Having a car on campus is useful to go grocery shopping and to get a dinner out of town.

3 College Freshman

Parking: You can easily find parking but it is quite distant from dorms and classes.

2 College Senior

Parking: Don't even think about parking up the hill during school hours, unless you like multiple parking tickets and perhaps a towing charge here and there. After school hours though, you're free to park anywhere you want (but what's the point if you're an upperclassman?). If you live off-campus, you can park on Lally Lane, but spaces fill up QUICKLY, forcing you to park near the gym, and telling yourself "I could have just walked from my house...". In summary, I'd say parking is horrible here.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: It's nice that students can have cars starting their freshman years, but student parking is at the bottom of the hill and it becomes an annoying walk, especially coming back up. It takes about 7 minutes to walk down and twice that to walk back up. It's usually crowded and takes a little while to find an open spot.


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For starters, almost everything on campus is accessible within 15 minutes, and the University offers the free and reliable Colgate Cruiser to students and the community. That being said, parking is restricted, and parking regulations are very actively enforced by Campus Safety.

First-years and sophomores (as well as others living in traditional residence halls) are relegated to the first-year lot, wedged between Starr Rink, the health center, and Tyler's Field—it's definitely a walk with an armful of groceries! As students move up the ladder, however, there is more than ample parking at the Broad Street houses (Greek and interest houses), as well as in the apartment and townhouse communities. While students are allowed to drive and park "up the hill" after 3:30 p.m., don't make the mistake of parking overnight, as this is one of the most enforced violations. Parking is free, but be sure to spend a bit of time reviewing the parking regulations on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Student vehicle in faculty lot: $25
  • Parking between 3:30 and 7 a.m. : $35
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
During the day, usually before 5 p.m., there are plenty of ideal parking spots available.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
In the first three rows next to Starr Rink
Getting a Parking Permit
Acquiring parking permits is easy. Simply drive to Campus Safety with your license and registration, inform them of your needs, fill out the information card, and apply the decal to your vehicle. Permits are free.
Parking Services
Campus Safety Department
88 Hamilton St.
Gray building between Merrill House and Sigma Chi fraternity
(315) 228-7911

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 68 responses

  • 41% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 41% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% 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 68 responses

Very poor
  • 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 18 responses

  • 43% The alumni parking lot up the hill
  • 19% Cutten (can't park there overnight though)
  • 14% Campus Safety Lot (they never check their own!!)
  • 14% Frank dining hall lot
  • 10% Case Library

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 47% In the first three rows next to Starr Rink
  • 37% Everywhere
  • 11% Huntington
  • 5% Colgate Chapel
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