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5 College Freshman

Parking: There's always parking available in lots across campus, and it's cheap.

3 College Senior

Parking: Just like most college campuses students have to pay for their permits to have a car on campus. It's a $100 at the beginning of the semester for the parking decal. The price generally falls as the semester goes on. I think the price is quite reasonable.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are few parking lots and some are far from dorms.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman are able to have cars, and it isn't excessively expensive to do so.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You have to pay for parking but there are enough spots. The parking lots aren't on the outskirts of campus. It would be really helpful to have a car here, or at least have a friend with a car.


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While there is ample parking on campus for any student who wishes to bring her car (even first years), that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find a good parking space. Many students don’t want to make the trek from outlying parking lots to their dorms, especially in cold weather. Spaces near the center of campus fill up quickly. You’ll either have to be really wise to the best times to find a parking space, never move your car from your coveted parking space once you get it, or else you will (probably most of the time) find yourself circling around, fruitlessly looking for a spot before finally giving up and parking in Gorse.

Many students, however, do not bring their cars, and do just fine. The free bus system is pretty efficient, although it has its limits on where and when it will take you. And there’s always carpooling. Not having a car also keeps you from getting one of the ubiquitous parking tickets given out by Public Safety, so ubiquitous that some have been led to wonder if officers have anything better to do with their time. Parking regulations on campus can sometimes seem too complex, especially as they involve guest parking. Faculty/staff spaces become open to guests on weekends but only within a certain time frame, and guests had better be out of there by early Monday morning. One good thing, though, is that student annual parking passes are relatively cheap compared to other schools.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $100 per year
  • $50 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $30
  • Handicapped zone: $30–$100
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Snow law violation: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Equestrian Center lot
  • Ham-MacGregor lot
  • Gorse lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Any lot near the center of campus
Getting a Parking Permit
Students may register their vehicles and receive a decal that permits them to park in student spaces. There are two types of permits: general and Equestrian Center. Equestrian Center permits cost less, but students holding them can only park in one lot (relatively distant from the rest of campus). Faculty and staff have their own parking spaces and separate parking permits. Students cannot park in these spaces. It is relatively easy to get a parking permit. There used to be a lottery, but expansion of peripheral lots has virtually guaranteed that every student who requests a permit will receive one. Guests may also go to the parking office to receive temporary parking permits or they may park in any faculty/staff space on weekends.
Parking Services
Parking Office
(413) 538-2514

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 59 responses

  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 47% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 58 responses

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