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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is fine. You don't really need a car except to make long trips (generally to and from school) because town is close enough to walk to and there's not much else immediately outside of town...

3 College Freshman

Parking: Everyone can have car on campus

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking for upperclassmen is great. Most times you can park right outside your dorm. For Freshmen and Sophomores the parking situation is far worse than that of the upperclassmen, but by no means bad.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If You Need a Car, It's Easy – Parking permits are easy to get as a student, but the older you are the better your parking choices are. Student cars have to be parked in certain lots on campus rather than left on the streets, which have hourly limits to their parking spaces.

In my opinion a car is not necessary here. You can rent ZipCars from campus and the local shuttle bus is really convenient. Plus, most places are within walking/biking distance to start with.

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4 College Junior

Parking: There are various parking lots on campus. Better parking slots are given based on seniority.

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While other schools’ departments of Public Safety are busy fighting crime, the Middlebury department is busy saving you from parking your car in the wrong lot or in a fire lane. If one message is clear, it’s to be aware of where you turn off your engine, even if it’s only for five minutes. Security constantly scours the campus at all hours looking to pin students with tickets. If you have to park illegally for a few minutes, turn on your hazard lights. That being said, at least everyone can always find a spot somewhere, even though the College will try to discourage you from bringing your car. Freshmen have to park the farthest from the center of campus, and though the situation grows mildly better for seniors, it’s still not ideal.

In general, students shouldn’t complain too much about parking—at least everyone is essentially guaranteed a spot. The overriding qualm that students have about parking is that most of the lots seem to be quite a distance from the main dorms where most students live. Juniors and seniors have a wider variety of lots to choose from, some of which are close to the main part of campus. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are parking lots all over campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$100 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Unauthorized lot: $10
  • Loading zone: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
In your assigned lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • E Lot (parking area east of Wright Theatre)
  • T Lot (Kenyon Arena parking) on nights when there are men's hockey or basketball games
Getting a Parking Permit
It's simple to get a parking permit-the problem is finding a parking spot near your dorm. Make sure you obtain a parking permit for your visitors immediately, or they run the risk of being ticketed and towed.
Parking Services
Public Safety
125 S. Main St.
Across from the library, next to the Admissions Office
(802) 443-5133
Did You Know?
People can contact the Department of Public Safety if they would like to request to park near a College building for a brief period of time to load/unload heavy items.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 32 responses

  • 28% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 22% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

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