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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I haven't had a car on campus ever, so I have no response.

3 College Freshman

Parking: You're allowed to have a car as a Freshman, but it is most certainly not needed! I don't have one here and don't feel the need for it. Parking permits are roughly $250 per semester, and you will get a ticket if you don't have one. People also always get ticketed when they park in the 20 min only parking spaces right in front of the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Many on campus lots, not many off campus.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: They charge way too much for the permits and I have many memories of circling for 30 minutes before being able to find a spot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Seems to be a lot of parking spaces but they are all in inconvenient areas (far from dorms - the ones close to classes are usually full). A little pricey for a parking pass, but Reed's parking lot is always free on weekends.


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Parking is one thing that Behrend students do not rave about. It is expensive and not always convenient, but freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus, which is nice. Commuter students can usually park near where they need to go, but resident students usually have more trouble. The "banana lot" is the central resident parking lot, and it's usually difficult to get a spot here because most freshmen and sophomores who live in the suites want to park here. Students living in Almy or Ohio will always find an open spot in their lots. Although students are not always happy with their spots, there are 15-minute spots near all the dorms for loading and such, so at least carrying things from your car is not a big problem. Also, although many students complain, the walk from a different parking lot is only about an extra five minutes.

Although parking is expensive and not always very convenient, most students agree that it is very nice to have a car on campus. Since there are a lot of restaurants and stores within a five-minute drive of campus, having a car can really expand what students can do, especially since the Erie bus system is terrible for Behrend, and there's not too much within walking distance of campus. Students who do not have a car on campus usually have plenty of friends who are willing to drive them places without any issues, so it is not the end of the world if you don't have your own car.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Almy Lot, Ariel Lot, Benson Lot, Erie Lot, Jordan Road Lot, Junker Lot, Logan Lot, Ohio Lot, Prischak Lot, Tiffany Lot, Wilson Lot
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$280 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking area: $15
  • Handicapped spot: $50
  • Unregistered vehicle: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Almy and Ohio lots always have spots but are out of the way for most people.
  • Residents should swing by the "banana lot" (it's shaped like the fruit) first to check for spots, then the Almy Lot.
  • Parking for commuters is basically in one area toward the bottom of campus.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Banana lot (resident parking in the middle of campus)
Getting a Parking Permit
To get a permit, register online through the University website. The fee will be placed on your student account and you can pick up your permit at Police Services in Erie Hall.
Parking Services
Parking and Dispatch
Erie Hall
(814) 898-6101

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 42 responses

  • 14% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

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