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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are plenty of parking spots if you buy the permit. I'm not too sure about the permit cost. If you don't have a permit, there is always available parking on the streets, so it's not a problem. Cars are nice to have on campus, but the school is really good about shuttles taking you to places you might need to go. Also, taxis are readily available.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus, but some do anyway. The cost for permits is slightly high but still fairly reasonable.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car

4 College Sophomore

Parking: If you get a spot through the school, its an average price of campus parking permits. They are strict to enforce which lot you park in, but not on the weekends. There is usually a person ticketing every weekday morning. The tickets are about 10 dollars and you can often have your first offense waived and negotiate any unfair parking tickets. There is some free off campus parking along the streets that surround campus, these spots fill up quickly however, and the alternative is to park in a garage downtown that can get pricey if you don't have a multi-month pass (which is also expensive). The security though is pretty great. Campus security is constantly checking lots, and thefts and break-ins are basically non-existent. There are some issues over block breaks with people bumping other people's cars and not leaving a not. (this is more to do with people's irresponsibility than about the parking on campus but it is an unfortunate thing that takes place).

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You get a parking spot if you pay for a permit. It will be close-ish to where you live but possibly not the closest lot. If you don't have a permit, most kids part on the streets around campus.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots next to student residential buildings.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$225 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Illegal Parking (wrong lot, etc.): $10, escalating to $25 then $40 on repeat offenses
  • Parking in a no-parking zone (i.e. Fire Lane): $75 and/or tow
  • Handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Spots are almost always available in the big lot to the east of Mathias.
  • If you don't want to cough up a few hundred dollars for a parking permit, the best option is to park along Nevada, the street that marks the eastern border of campus.
  • There are always spots open on the streets, and the walk to any dorm is only a few minutes.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The parking lots for the on-campus apartments are always full, day and night. You won't ever find an open spot.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are easy to obtain for any student through an online request form. Often, students don’t get a permit for the lot closest to their residence, but the campus is small enough that the walk is never longer than 10 minutes.
Parking Services
Campus Safety Parking Office
(719) 389-6888

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 50 responses

  • 12% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 58% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 43 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 11 responses

  • 42% Student parking
  • 42% Street near campus
  • 16% Don't have a car

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 67% Near by neighborhoods
  • 22% Cascade
  • 11% No need- I don't have a car
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