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3 College Freshman

Parking: I personally don't have a car (you don't really need one, since everything is within walking distance), but with two parking lots and two parking garages on campus, I feel like there's enough space.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's in the middle of Boston so it's difficult to fairly evaluate the parking situation at Northeastern, there isn't much parking and they're slowly getting rid of more and more of the parking lots to build new classroom buildings, which is good for students but bad for commuters.

2 College Student

Parking: Parking permits are too expensive, and there is barely any parking ever.

2 College Junior

Parking: Don't bring a car to Northeastern unless you need to. Having a car is unnecessary here unless you have a co-op or job that you need to get to that is outside of the city. Most people take the T (Boston's subway system), walk or a taxi to get to get to where they need to be. It is really hard to find a parking spot around campus and if you need to store your car in a lot somewhere, permits are pretty expensive. Everything you need is within walking distance from you, so having a car would be more of a hindrance than anything else.

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3 College Junior

Parking: I wouldn't know because I didn't have to drive to get there.


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Prior to the start of each academic year or semester, NU students can apply for a parking permit online. Permit applications are usually available sometime during the week prior to the start of each semester or quarter. It seems to be a universal truth among students who attend big-city schools that a car is an unnecessary and expensive endeavor on campus. Not only is parking ridiculously expensive, but also your car will invariably wind up towed, ticketed, abused, and worn down.

A car can nonetheless be a luxury to have a quick way out of town. Also, you’ll find that some poor carless student who lives in your vicinity may be quite willing to pay for your gas—or even more—for a ride home. Overall, though, the permit prices are just way too high, and the parking fines, which you’ll most certainly rack up, will be billed to your tuition account. So, if you have to take a car to school, park in the garage or enter the campus grounds at your own risk.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Camden parking area, Columbus parking area, Columbus parking garage, North parking area, Renaissance parking garage, and West Village garage
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $345 per semester for a day pass
  • $800 per semester for an overnight pass
Common Parking Tickets
  • Decal replacement fee: $15
  • Lost decal replacement fee: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Columbus Avenue parking
  • Renaissance parking
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere along the streets!
Getting a Parking Permit
Prior to the start of each academic year or semester, faculty, staff, and students can apply for a parking permit online. Permit applications are usually available sometime during the week prior to the start of each semester. Faculty and staff may purchase a parking permit each semester or annually. Full-time undergraduate, graduate, and law students can purchase a parking permit on a semester basis.
Parking Services
Student Financial Services
354 Richards Hall
360 Huntington Ave.
(617) 373-7010

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 210 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 8% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 23% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 25% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 210 responses

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


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