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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Good that's free but sometimes hard to find spots

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5 College Freshman

Parking: I've never had trouble finding parking. Ever.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Our school is primarily a commuter school, so many spots fill up quickly. But there are many different lots available and enough room to park, the only problem is finding a spot closest to the class.

3 College Freshman

Parking: As a residential student, I do not have to worry about parking, since I can walk everywhere. But, my friends that are commuters often complain that they have to arrive early in the morning around 8am to secure a spot relatively close to their classes.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It is good because it costs nothing to have a car on campus but the spots fill up quickly.


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One of the biggest complaints that many students have is parking. There are parking lots all over campus, but when you factor in commuters, faculty, and residents, there just doesn't seem to be enough space to accommodate everyone who has a car. Residents often complain that commuters park in residential spaces, and vice versa, creating an endless cycle of people "stealing" spots. Within the lots, certain spaces are marked "faculty only"; Public Safety will issue a ticket to anyone parked in one of these spots (who isn't faculty) without a second thought. Some spaces, however, aren't as clearly marked, and students often complain that they have received tickets even though they weren't aware they were doing anything illegal. These tickets can usually be contested, but it's always best to make sure that there was absolutely no signage forbidding anyone from parking in one of these spots. A minor oversight just isn't worth the cost of the ticket. 

If you have early classes, one of the best places to find parking is behind C.V. Starr, even though this lot tends to fill up after 10 a.m. It is close enough to most of the academic buildings—with the exception of Hagedorn—that it shouldn't be much of a problem to anyone who doesn't mind a short walk. The general consensus seems to be to park on either the north side of campus or by the sports complexes which, again, may be too far away, especially during the winter. If you're just running into a building quickly and you park in front of it, make sure you have your hazards on so Public Safety doesn't write you a ticket. Students who will be bringing a car to campus will be happy to know that the permits are free, and that first-year students are allowed to bring their cars. You just have to register the car with Public Safety and make sure the permit is visible so that it doesn't get towed or ticketed. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Faculty lot: $50
  • Handicapped spot: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Student lot across the street from Netherlands
  • Residential lots, away from the Student Center
  • Behind C.V. Starr
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Anywhere on the academic side between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Driveway in front of Colonial Square
  • Student lot for Nassau/Suffolk
Getting a Parking Permit
There is no fee for student parking permits. However, every student must have their vehicle registered with the Department of Public Safety. Once registered, students receive a permit sticker that must be displayed somewhere on the vehicle at all times. This permit allows parking in all lots except for those specifically designated for faculty and staff. Disabled students with vehicles can obtain special parking permits with authorization from the Hofstra Health and Wellness Center.
Parking Services
David S. Mack Public Safety and Information Center
On the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and California Avenue
(516) 463-6606

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 134 responses

  • 17% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 58% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% 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 137 responses

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