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3 College Freshman

Parking: There is one main lot where most people park far away from classes and housing

4 College Junior

Parking: People seem to like it. I dont have a car.

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Students' biggest complaint about the parking situation is that there aren't enough parking spaces in the most popular places, like the north end of campus. More specifically, there isn't really enough parking by the North Dorms, where many upperclassmen live. The South Lot is huge and always has spaces available, but it isn't near any of the dorms (though it's reasonably close to the apartments). Most of the time, students can get a spot in the North Lot, but if you don't, you usually have to go all the way down to the South Lot, which means a bit of a hike back. (Consider this a part of your daily exercise.) Be warned, though: late night trips to Wawa often end in someone stealing your spot. Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars, though some sneak them into the South Lot and nobody minds terribly-unless, of course, they took your spot while you went out for a midnight snack.

It makes a lot of sense to bring a car to Haverford. More than 50 percent of upperclassmen bring a car to campus, and that number climbs during the spring semester. The price cannot be beat, particularly in comparison to what they charge at urban (and some suburban) campuses for parking stickers. At Temple University in Philly, for example, a parking sticker for one semester can cost up to $240; that's enough for six Haverford year-round permits and a tank of gas. A lot of interesting stuff is less than three hours from Haverford (New York, Washington, Atlantic City), and the Main Line is a car-friendly place with lots of malls and shopping centers that are easily accessed by automobile.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$40 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • In a faculty/staff space: $3
  • Parking sticker incorrectly displayed: $5
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The South Lot
  • The Apartments
  • Lloyd Lot (faculty-only on weekdays)
  • Anywhere on weekends
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Behind Leeds
Getting a Parking Permit
All seniors, juniors, and sophomores can get parking permits.
Parking Services
The Safety and Security Department
(610) 896-1000
Did You Know?
If you accumulate four parking tickets in one year, you lose your parking sticker. The first three, however, can be charged to your bookstore account.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 14 responses

  • 29% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 50% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% 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 13 responses

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