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2 College Senior

Parking: I dont have a car on campus. A bike will suffice for people who live far away, but I get by fine without a bike.
Kids who do have cars park at their greek houses or in a removed parking lot
Town traffic patrollers are strict about ticketing

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but the parking is pretty competitive from what I understand.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The lots for students are pretty far away, about a 15-20 minute walk from main campus. This isn't bad in the summer/early fall, but in the winter and most of spring it is FREEZING.

Parking is also available through the greek houses, but is generally very, very expensive.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is an interesting question considering barely any students have cars on campus. The best option is to park in on of the frats lots when they message campus about open spots. It is reasonably priced and in the center of campus. But you have to keep in mind that with your car at a frat you run the risk of a drunk freshman running into your car of even throwing up on it. Or you can pay more to park in the student lot which is quite far away from campus. If you don't plan on using your car often and just want to have it available if you need it someday than it isn't a bad option.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: parking isn't really an issue… You can usually find spots on any of the streets, at the fraternity houses, or the parking garage in town. It isn't that hard… But it isn't like it's something that makes the school great. Also, freshmen are not allowed to bring cars to school.

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Decent parking is in pretty short supply on Dartmouth’s campus. Barring special dispensations, most undergrads are required to park their cars in A-lot—a spacious, off-site lot that is about a mile walk from the center of campus. Some circumvent this inconvenience by parking at their fraternity or sorority, and occasionally Greek houses will rent spaces to nonmembers for a premium.

Metered parking around campus is expensive and monitored closely. There seems to be a consensus among Dartmouth undergrads that the College really should invest in better parking facilities for its students. While the Dartmouth community is pretty self-contained, it can also be confining—there’s a measure of freedom in knowing that you can get in your car and get away should the urge arise.


Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$20 per term
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: Enforced by Hanover Police
  • Failure to register: $50
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
Greek House
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Main Street
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are plentiful for upperclassmen, but parking near the center of campus is impossible for undergraduates to obtain.
Parking Services
Parking & Transportation Services
(603) 646-2204

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 22% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 55% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% 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 40 responses

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