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3 College Sophomore

Parking: First-year parking is far away from all the residence halls, but once you you are a upperclassman the parking is very close. A permit is cheap. Generally there are places to park for everybody.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost for a permit is reasonable, although it does cost more for first-years. Public Safety is persistent with ticketing so you should get a permit. A car really isn't necessary on campus. You can walk to everything on campus. Most shopping you would need is in walking distance, and there is public transportation. If you need to get somewhere more quickly or in bad weather, a car definitely helps. There are plenty of parking spaces but they're not always in the closest spots.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The upside is parking permits are really cheap. After your freshman year parking is generally pretty good. There are parking lots close to all the dorms, but finding a spot in some of the smaller lots is extremely difficult. The lot closest to the back entrance of Frolicker rarely has spots. You usually have to park at the SRC. Sometimes there aren't spots in the lower lot of the SRC because there is more visitor parking than residential parking. It is extremely difficult to find parking in the Mary Fisher lot. I probably get a spot in that parking lot one out of every five times. The South Lot almost always has spots. I've had a few problems with the parking lot being icy early in the morning (before 8 am).

3 College Junior

Parking: There are enough parking spots for everyone who wants to have a car on campus but the lots are sometimes a ways from the dorms and freshman are restricted to one lot on the far side of campus. You can get ticketed by public safety as well.

4 College Senior

Parking: Freshmen are allowed cars. All students with cars need to pay $50 for the year. The campus is pretty small (you can walk across its entire length in 10 min) so there are no especially far away parking spots. As a freshman, you'll be required to park in the North lot, but that's really only 2-5 minutes walking leisurely from the other parking lots (next to the academic quad rather than the res quad). That being said, while you can't really park too far from campus, Goucher could benefit from taking the plentiful amount of spots for visitors in Dorsey and the SRC and allowing students to park in them. However, I've never met anyone who couldn't find a spot to park in.


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All students are allowed to have cars on campus with the purchase of a permit. That being said, a parking permit does not guarantee you a parking space. Technically, there should be enough room for everyone to park, but with increasing enrollment and many on-campus events and athletic tournaments, the convenient parking lots fill up quickly.

There is ample parking on the academic side of campus, which is great for commuters and faculty. Resident students wishing to park near their dorms, however, are usually out of luck. There are a few tiny parking lots near some of the dorms, but the majority is on the outskirts of campus within about a five-minute walk to the dorms, which is a huge hassle when carrying heavy loads or when trekking up the hill in bad weather. Freshmen get the worst end of the deal because they can only park in North Lot, also known as the farthest point from campus civilization. Security is quick to ticket students for illegal parking, so don’t even think about making up your own parking spot, parking in a handicapped or faculty spot, or parking in a loading area. If you must do one of the above, put on your flashers and do not leave the car there for more than five minutes—yes, security really is that fast when it comes to parking violations.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Only in North Lot
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $35 per semester
  • $50 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking permit: $25
  • No parking zone : $25
  • Time violation: $25
  • Parking in roadway : $50
  • Handicapped zone : $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • North Lot
  • South Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Obtaining a parking permit only takes five minutes. Go to the Office of Public Safety in Heubeck Hall, fill out a form, and you're good to go.
Parking Services
Office of Public Safety
Heubeck Hall, ground floor
(410) 337-6112

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 52 responses

  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 67 responses

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