The parking strategy at CC is simple: don’t move your car if you don’t have to. The most obvious root of this problem is the size of the campus itself. In total, CC covers roughly two square blocks, plus some space for playing fields and facilities. Most of the limited space is covered with residence halls, academic buildings, and, most substantially, green space. The result is space for three cramped parking lots and odd groupings of a few parking spaces spread out around campus. On the plus side, the small size of campus, which limits the number of parking spots available, also ensures that those spaces you can find are never very far from your destination.
Freshmen are technically not allowed to have cars on campus, which only means that they can’t register a vehicle with Campus Security and buy a parking permit. If first-year students do decide to bring a car, they’ll only need to find parking spaces on the streets surrounding campus, which is no small feat on a weekday night. In fact, many students with cars simply park on the streets rather than pay the fee for a parking permit. In addition to finding space, students should be wary of theft and vandalism. Neither of these crimes is overly common on or around campus, but the occasional, sporadic rash of break-ins has left students suspicious of auto security. Upperclassmen should have no problem purchasing a parking pass, although those who apply late may end up having to park across campus, away from their residence hall. Seniors who live off campus generally commute on foot or by bicycle.