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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking if Fine overall. only time one might have an issue is if you show up around Noon. you might have to do a bit of walking

2 College Freshman

Parking: Even with a permit you are not promised a spot to park. My friend went a whole year without a pass and never once got a ticket. Security gives tickets to people with passes more often than to cars without one. Very unfair.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I never had a problem with parking. Except for getting the preferred spot. A lot of students complain especially commuters. I think there is enough space.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: You could drive around for 20 minutes before you find a spot and usually once you do its either behind the gym or behind the old barn which is the furthest thing away from where classes are held.

3 College Junior

Parking: No Car Needed – La Roche is a nice small campus and one can easily make due without having a car; though their is parking. It also is right on the local bus line and only minutes from shopping, eating and entertainment. It is located in a nice suburban area without a lot of congestion.


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Some colleges have the right idea by not letting freshmen have cars on campus. Unfortunately, La Roche does not have a rule like that, and the parking lots are always full to the brim and overflowing with cars at all hours of the day and night. The most common student resolution to this is that the College should stop letting freshmen have cars. Students who have cars, especially commuters, usually have to make a mad dash for class—because they either have to park in a place they're not allowed or really far away due to the high volume of student and faculty cars. Sometimes a student should just suck it up before that busy 11 a.m. class time and park behind the gym because the commuter lot will undoubtedly be full. There are spaces to park; however, it is a small campus and parking "far away" isn't actually that far away compared to a larger campus.

Another major problem regarding La Roche parking is the deteriorating condition of the lots. Students are forced to drive on pavement that is full of potholes and cracks, and therefore, they are not strangers to flat tires and bad wheel alignments. The College would really benefit from a makeover of its parking facilities. The poor condition of the lots and lack of spaces turn many prospective—and current—students away from the otherwise nicely maintained campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$100 per year for preferred, free otherwise
Common Parking Tickets
  • Blocking walkway/handicapped ramp: $50
  • Fire lane: $50
  • More than one space: $25
  • Unauthorized lot: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
Gymnasium lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Behind Bold Hall
  • Commuter/visitor lot
Getting a Parking Permit
It is incredibly easy to get a parking permit at La Roche. All you have to do is fill out some paperwork with the Public Safety Office and write out a check (if you want preferred parking) to receive your parking pass. You can also fill this out online. Preferred parking areas are around the residence halls.
Parking Services
Public Safety Department
112 Science Center
(412) 536-1111

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 21% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

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