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2 College Sophomore

Parking: City parking is limited. Most students do no have cars. Mass transit is available.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: No one parks here. If you commute, you take the public transportation. Parking lots are absurd if you're staying for longer than a day.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It's New York City. You should leave the car at home, you absolutely will not need it. There is no parking provided by the university, so you're stuck to parking on the street.

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1 College Junior

Parking: New York City is definitely not a place that welcomes car owners. There is absolutely no need to have a car in the city. If you do decide to have a car, expect to pay a second rent just to park and maintain the car.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking gets an F, but really it's not a concern for students since nobody has a car (it's New York, I mean seriously). Public transportation (subway and buses) is efficient and the first choice of pretty much everyone on campus. It can get pricey if you need to use it a lot for something off campus - like volunteering or a job - but some off-campus opportunities may cover the cost of transportation. If you're destination isn't very far, walking is a good, free option, too. If you insist on having a car, you're just making trouble for yourself.


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Few if any students bring cars to Columbia. Apart from the fact that driving in New York City is essentially a game of Russian roulette, having a car in the city is expensive and inconvenient. Parking is virtually nonexistent at Columbia, apart from a few nearby garages and any side street spots you can manage to find. That is to say, there are no Columbia-owned parking lots for students.

Luckily, New York offers lots of transportation options to make up for the sacrifice of driving. The subway is a convenient and relatively cheap option, and can take you just about anywhere you need to go in the city. If you are in more of a hurry, you can take a cab (though, be warned that most cab drivers don't want to take you to Brooklyn or the airport). If you are in no hurry at all, you can take a bus, ride a bike, or walk anywhere you need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Student evening or Saturday parking rates are $138.64 per semester for one day of parking per week.
Best Places to Find a Spot
New Jersey
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Getting a Parking Permit
There are none. You can get a spot in a garage for a couple hundred bucks a month.
Parking Services
Columbia University Facilities
400 W. 119th St., MC 8801
Residential Finance & Parking
(212) 854-9456
Did You Know?
New York's subway system offers fast and efficient transportation, making car ownership in the city virtually pointless.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 73 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 55% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

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