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1 College Freshman

Parking: Bethlehem police ticket the cars if meters run out. Metered parking

4 College Sophomore

Parking: If you are living in a dorm or in a fraternity/sorority house on the hill, the parking permit for a spot near your dorm/house is $250 I believe for the entire year, which is pretty reasonable for a college. If you're not planning on leaving the campus ever, you don't really need a car, unless you regularly need to go up to the Mountaintop campus for research or class (this is especially true if you're an upperclass chemical engineer or bioengineer). The spots for the $250 pass are quite close to your place of residence, at most two blocks away, but that's pretty far on average here.

3 College Junior

Parking: There are usually plenty of spots and parking lots open but most of the time they are ridiculously overpriced. The parking authorities are the worst, they would do everyone better with just getting rid of them. There is also never any free parking, all the streets are metered and are always enforced. If you want to park on the campus itself you cannot during the day (7-4) because that is when only professors can park, so if you want to drive to class if its crappy weather out think again.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking is terrible and expensive. There are never any spots and no matter where you are you usually get a ticket. I was parked in a lto on a Saturday and got a 50 dollar ticket. I didn't pay it.

1 College Freshman

Parking: You can never find a spot, and if you do, it's pretty far away.


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Parking on Lehigh’s campus is a disaster. The only spots on campus are provided for faculty, so if you try to park in these spots on weekdays from 7 a.m.–4 p.m., you are guaranteed to get ticketed. The only on-campus parking for students are a few 20-minute meter spots outside the upper University Center area. If you’re even a second late returning to your car, you will get a ticket. Most students will try their luck on Packer Avenue, the main thoroughfare at the bottom of campus. There are a number of free spots, as well as metered spots, but it gets frustrating circling back and forth. The best time to look for a spot is right on the hour as classes are getting out, and there is a significant amount of turnover. Students can also buy a parking pass for the Zoellner parking deck, which is very convenient for students in the business school.

This is all a moot point for freshmen, though, since freshmen aren’t supposed to bring cars to school, but the clever-minded can find parking off campus if they look for it. The problem with off-campus parking is that you then run into the problem of the Bethlehem Parking Authority, who can be very persistent. Parking on campus gets easier after freshman year. Once you join a fraternity or sorority, you can obtain a parking permit for your house’s lot, and dorms have parking as well. Parking is still a tremendous pain in the butt, since much of Lehigh’s campus was built before cars existed. There are plenty of bizarre one-way roads, and driving around campus can be a confusing endeavor to the uninitiated.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $100 annually for on-campus students
  • $40 annually for commuter students
Common Parking Tickets
Expired meter: $15 ($35 after 3 offenses)
Best Places to Find a Spot
Your best bet is on Packer Avenue, where many class buildings are located, or the Zoellner parking garage. If you try to park on campus between the hours of 7 a.m.-4 p.m., expect to find a ticket on your windshield upon returning to your car.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus
Getting a Parking Permit
There are parking permits available for all fraternity and sorority parking lots, as well as the parking lots for upperclass on-campus dorms. The permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Parking Services
106 Johnson Hall
(610) 758-3893

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 48 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 35% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

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