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2 College Freshman

Parking: Only juniors and seniors are allowed to have a car on campus. The parking spots are mainly on the upper part of campus and the classes are down the hill. The parking spots are conveniently located near the newest of the senior apartments. Parking permits cost upwards of 100 dollars. There is not much of need for a car on campus because there are shuttles that run in the local area during the week and also to the local malls on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Parking: Not Too Bad – Sometimes spots are limited and you are forced to park further from your dorm, but generally you can find a convenient spot.

3 College Senior

Parking: Students needs to be a Junior in order to park on campus.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Good – Parking on campus is very limited. Freshmen and Sophomores can't have cars on campus and even when you do have a parking pass it's very hard to find "legal" parking.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I can't park as a freshman, and even if I could I still wouldn't have a car


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Students' biggest gripe about parking on campus is that freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to park. All agree that Public Safety is fairly strict about ticketing-you must have a parking decal in order to park on campus. If you're in violation, you will get a ticket, and if you accumulate too many unpaid tickets, your car will get towed! The new parking garage, located near the senior apartments and Carlin and Alumni Halls, is pretty popular; it is much closer to student housing than the old lots.

Parking on campus isn't bad. As long as you have a permit and park in the correct lot-a student lot-there won't be any trouble. Although it is sometimes difficult to find a desirable spot, there is never any trouble actually finding a place to park. College Street is one of the few Worcester streets that allows unrestricted parking. Many freshmen and sophomores park here. However, beware-getting a spot is very difficult, and, if one is not available, there really is no other place to park. Winter parking regulations which ban parking on College Street are in effect from November through April. For students with a permit, parking is a breeze, but for those without, it's impossible.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Neither are sophomores
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $100 for a day pass
  • $150 for an on-campus student
  • $350 for an off-campus student 24-hour spot
Common Parking Tickets
Illegal parking/no decal:
Best Places to Find a Spot
If you're not in the mood to search for a good spot, there are always spots in the back of the Hogan Lot. With the construction of the new parking lot, on-campus parking has become easier and more convenient for upperclassmen.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
It's never impossible to find a spot on campus.
Getting a Parking Permit
On-campus permits are issued by Public Safety. In order to park on Worcester city streets, a special permit is needed. This must be obtained from the city, and necessitates registering the car in Worcester. Few students actually go through this process.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics     Based on 28 responses

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