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2 College Freshman

Parking: there are not a lot of places to park for a commuter school.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is the biggest problem here. There are plenty of spaces, but parking is so mis-managed that it is going to leave you quite upset. Civic center parking is free and always available, but it is nowhere near campus. Resident parking is $100, and is always oversold, which is then made worse by faculty using resident/commuter lots. The faculty lot is usually empty because it is far from the academic buildings. Upper Ross should without question be a residential lot, but instead is a commuter lot that is almost always filled with faculty.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Civic center lot is free although not on the main campus, there are always spaces and the free shuttle transports you to campus. The resident lots you have to pay for a permit per school year ($100) but they tend to fill up rather quickly and you end up walking a bit anyways.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: When there are snow bans and you have to move your car it is a hassle because there is nowhere to park. But during nice weather then the rate is good.

3 College Senior

Parking: I am a commuter and I find it very hard to find a parking spot in the assigned areas where commuter are suppose to park. I end up parking on a side street most of the time.


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Parking is a hot topic for students on campus. Permits are $50 for commuters and $100 for residents, but you can opt out of paying for a permit and park at the Civic Center for free. All students are allowed to have cars on campus. Sometimes it can be hard to find a spot on campus, but there is almost always a spot at the Civic Center, and you can take the shuttle service back to campus.

Campus police do frequently ticket cars that violate parking rules, but if you use common sense and don't park in restricted areas, fire lanes, or handicapped areas, you should be fine. The highest fine handed out is $100, and they are not afraid to tow someone's car if they have violated the rules.

Fitchburg State has 24 parking lots scattered across the area for students and faculty to park. There are some lots that are designated for faculty and commuters during the day. However, anyone can park on campus after 5 p.m. On the weekends, all students are allowed to move their cars onto campus starting at 5 p.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Cedar Street, Civic Center, Congress Street, Green Street, McKay, North Street, Ross Street, and Townhouse South
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Down at Civic Center
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • Commuters pay $50
  • Residents pay $100
  • You do have an option to register for a free permit.
Common Parking Tickets
  • Overnight parking in restricted area, blocking building entrance, access lanes, or no permit in window: $50
  • Parking in the fire lane, snow removal area, or on sidewalk: $75
  • Unauthorized parking in handicap spot: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Congress Street lot
  • Green Street lot
  • Lower Civic Center
  • Upper Civic Center
  • Street parking
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Cedar lot
  • Highland Avenue
  • McKay lots
  • North Street lots
  • Ross Street
Getting a Parking Permit
You must fill out a special form with Housing and Parking Services and show your registration and One Card in order to obtain a permit. If you do not want to pay a permit fee, you will receive a parking permit for the Civic Center lot. However, you can pay $100 (resident) or $50 (commuter) for a permit that allows you to park in the lots on campus. GCE students, Civic Center lot, and Faculty/staff receive free permits. There is a $10 fee to replace your permit, and your old/lost permit will become inactive with your new permit.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 43 responses

  • 23% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

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