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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty difficult to find and there are lots of problems with cars being towed during the winter snowplowing months.

4 College Junior

Parking: On street parking is generally available. Parking in the Fine Art Building lot is usually available, for free.

5 College Junior

Parking: Free and Easy – Parking at Mac is really simple. You just have to register your car at the beginning of the semester or whenever you bring it; they give you a sticker and then you can park wherever. And it's free! If you live in the dorms, the easiest place to park is on the street (on either Macalester or Summit), but you have to pay attention to street cleaning times or you'll get a ticket. Nobody drives to class, people mostly use their cars to go places in the cities. Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars, which is a good bonding experience--everyone learns how to use the bus system together (and bus passes are subsidized).

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4 College Junior

Parking: If you have a car, there is generally near-sufficient parking and you don't have to pay for a parking permit, but most students don't have cars on campus. Metro Transit is somewhat slow, but at least it's cheap and gets you where you need to go unlike in most cities. Unfortunately the bar of mass transit quality is set low in the US.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Easy, Free – You can always park on one of the side streets. Most kids don't drive to class but if you do you'll never have an issue with finding somewhere to park. Freshman aren't supposed to have cars on campus but if you really want to you can park it on a side street next to campus and keep it there without any repercussions.


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Parking remains a fairly minor issue at Macalester, since there is a minimal number of students that actually uses cars to drive to school on a regular basis. Parking permits are free for anyone with a vehicle and allow students to park all year at specified lots around campus. However, these permits only cover student parking for the daytime hours, which sometimes leaves students in a bind when trying to find legitimate overnight parking without the risk of a ticket. Students without permits, usually people living off campus, can also find parking without much hassle.

The biggest frustration students have about parking around campus comes with the territory—Minnesota is a very snowy state. As such, there are many laws about which sides of the street are available after large snowfalls restrict parking in favor of plowing the roads for general traffic. As long as students check for snow emergency advisories, they should be safe from tickets or having their cars buried beneath a sometimes-impenetrable barrier of plowed snow.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
First-year resident students are not eligible for a permit.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • 37 Macalester lot
  • Any of the school parking lots, just not between the hours of 1 a.m.-6.a.m
  • Janet Wallace Fine Arts West parking lot
  • Stadium North parking lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
On Summit right outside of Dupre
Getting a Parking Permit
Since parking permits are free, it's a good idea for students to get them in order to avoid any unnecessary parking violations or additional fees. Although it is possible to keep a car on campus without getting a permit or registering, you do limit your parking choices. Go to the Facilities Services Safety & Security Office to get a permit.
Parking Services
Facilities Services
Music Building 011
(651) 696-6278

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 28 responses

  • 39% 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.
  • 4% 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 23 responses

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