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3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen and Sophmores are not allowed to have a car on campus, but I think it is fairly straightforward for a junior or senior to obtain a parking permit for a fee.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking here is rather limited. There are select locations that can be used for free. Anything else will often be taken and require a meter.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There is no real need for a car on campus, but people have them. The student parking lot is a bit of a hike, and when people avoid that by parking somewhere on campus or in the faculty lot it's very easy to get ticketed. The fines are not high, but high enough to be annoying. Some students are able to get parking spots in the lots at their eating clubs, which is more convenient.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Freshmen and Sophomores aren't allocated any on-campus parking space. Juniors and Seniors must pay a fee to be allowed to park on campus.

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1 College Student

Parking: There is no parking on campus. At all.
The nearest parking lot is usually crowded, and several blocks away from the rest of campus. If you need to get around in a hurry, bring your bike.
And underclassmen can't even live off campus or have cars, so that kind of tells you what it's like.

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One major strength in Princeton's parking program is that it is possible to walk nearly everywhere on campus, so parking is a non-issue. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, and small groceries within walking distance of the dorms. For independent students who need a wider selection of food, the Undergraduate Student Government has organized a free grocery delivery service. When students need to go off-campus, there are plenty of shuttle buses between the dorms and parking lots throughout the day.

It is possible to walk everywhere in the town of Princeton. For those who are not so energetic to walk to distant parking lots to pick up their cars, a campus shuttle runs throughout campus. While the shuttle bus runs regularly through most of the day, the parking lots are far from campus security booths. The lots all have lights and campus security blue phones, but they can be intimidating during certain times of day. That said, crime in the parking lots is rare, but it would be a good idea to carry a cell phone at the very least.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $135 per year for automobiles
  • $50 per year for mopeds
Common Parking Tickets
  • Booting : $50, plus all outstanding charges
  • Towing: $70, plus all outstanding charges
  • Violations (e.g. parking outside of designated areas, parking without a valid decal, parking outside of a designated space): $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
Lot 23
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
As long as you apply for a space early enough, no parking space in a student lot is unobtainable.
Getting a Parking Permit
Freshmen are not allowed to bring cars to school. Most undergrads who apply for parking permits get them. There are two student parking lots: one far from the main part of campus near Jadwin Gym and the other one slightly closer between the main part of campus and Lake Carnegie. To apply, students should go to the Parking Office in New South before the end of the academic year to obtain a pass for the upcoming year. The earlier a student applies, the most likely he or she is to get a space in the closer lot.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
A-Level, New South Hall
(609) 258-3157

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 4% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 61% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

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