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3 College Senior

Parking: Getting parking in a lot close to where you live is a small miracle.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: As a freshman you can be very far from your classes and your room. However, once you become a sophomore and above you can park anywhere, but the good spots that are close to classes and dorms fill up really fast. I think that they might need more parking.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Just get your permit-$100 a semester- or they'll tow your car.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is sometimes hard to find.

3 College Senior

Parking: Most people live on campus so parking isn't all that much of a thing.


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Parking at Cornell is certainly affordable, with permits costing just $45 for the entire academic year. There are more than enough spots to go around, though most will be more than a few feet outside your dorm’s front door. Upperclassmen do get more convenient parking, but there is less of it, so many end up walking just as far as the freshmen. Granted, these distances are minimal compared to campuses that are larger than Cornell’s—you can get from one end to the other in under 10 minutes. The biggest problem is that most of the parking is at the bottom of the Hilltop, while the dorms and academic buildings are located at the top. This makes the hike to and from your car particularly treacherous in the winter, when sidewalks are coated with a sheet of ice.

Parking enforcement is fairly consistent, and the most common infraction is parking too long in one of the 15-minute student spaces outside the residence halls. Though you can get away with leaving your car there for close to 30 minutes without incident—there aren’t meters or timers that expire—parking in these spots for much longer will result in a $20 ticket. Students also have to be careful about parking in town. Parking on the main roads, including First Street in front of campus, is restricted after 2 a.m., and you can get ticketed by the city.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Clock Tower (Lot M), New Hall (Lot J), Merner/Olin (Lot O), Sports Center (Lots S and A), behind The Commons (Lot F), by Facilities Management (Lot D), Rood House and McWethy (north row only)
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • 15-minute loading zone violation: $20
  • Parking in areas restricted from student parking (i.e., visitors' lots): $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • New Hall
  • The back of the Sports Center Lot
  • Rood House
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Clock Tower
  • The lot behind Merner and Olin
Getting a Parking Permit
Getting a parking permit is really easy. All you have to do is fill out the form (available online or in the Campus Safety office) with your vehicle information. Your student account will be charged the $45 fee, and you'll get your sticker when you turn in the form.
Parking Services
Department of Campus Safety
Ebersole Center, lower level
(319) 895-4299

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 59 responses

  • 27% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% 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 51 responses

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


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