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5 College Freshman

Parking: You technically can't have a car on campus as a freshman, but if you were to bring a car down second semester and paid for the parking I don't think anyone would care. The parking garage is pretty big and almost never full.

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5 College Junior

Parking: Plenty of room. The parking is great, there are two main garages, one for North campus and one for South campus, as well as street spots all around. The only trick is to not park in a faculty spot, so make sure that you read the signs and street writing.

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5 College Sophomore

Parking: Inexpensive, plentiful, and safe for vehicles. Freshmen cannot, however, keep cars on campus without special permission.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are plenty of places to park and they recently built a new 2 story parking garage.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The new parking lot that opened up on South Campus is simply awesome.

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Parking at Pomona is easy, as long as you're willing to make some concessions. Generally, the student lots are full—always full. Who drives all those cars? How did they get their spots when no one can ever find a spot? These questions may remain forever unanswered. Fortunately, there is plenty of parking on campus if you're willing to give up on the prime spots. There is street parking all over campus, and there is always a spot somewhere, but it might be quite a walk from your destination (but really, on a six-by-five-block campus, how bad can it be?). Parking has been improving as of late, especially with the South Campus Parking Structure that opened in 2011.

Parking in the Village is a bad idea, as there are some very bizarre rules governing when it is OK and when it is not, and you will almost surely get a ticket, if you are lucky. If you're not lucky, your car will get towed, and by the time you get it to retrieve it, it very well might be stripped of all resellable parts. Campus Safety is pretty uptight about handing out tickets to parking violators, but you can't really blame them when there is plenty of parking available that people are too lazy to use. Some people swear that if you just don't register your car with Campus Security then they can give you as many parking tickets as they like, and you can just keep tearing them up. The only problem with this is that they will eventually call the police, and then your car will likely be towed, stripped, or worse. Still, some people seem able to get away with it. It's your neck.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There's one on South Campus and one on North Campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$60 registration fee per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $80
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
North Campus, by the library
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Any of the main lots during peak hours
Getting a Parking Permit
Registration is now available online. Anyone can apply for a parking permit, although it is suggested that freshmen do not need to bring cars with them. In order to apply, you need to have your car's registration and current driver's license information.
Parking Services
Claremont Colleges Department of Safety
150 E. Eighth St.
(909) 621-8170

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 30 responses

  • 30% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 10% 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 24 responses

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