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4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is always available and freshman get to have cars!!!!

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman are allowed to keep cars on campus and there are plenty of spots in the west lot, close to south quad dorms, but far from classes and north quad dorms. There is another parking lot close to the north quad dorms, the wait lot, but spots there fill up quickly.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: As long as you don't try to park your car after midnight, you will get a spot.

3 College Senior

Parking: Many students do not have a car on campus until their Junior or Senior year, or they do not have one at all. I know many people who bring their bikes and use the bus system to get into town. Parking on campus is pretty good, you will always find a spot, and there are many lots to park during the daytime. You aren't allowed to drive to class and you will most definitely get a ticket from Campus Safety if you do. The walk from the student parking lots to your dorm is usually long, but it really depends where your dorm is. Parking in the Northwoods lot pretty okay, again it just depends where your house is. Campus is pretty small, so the walk to your dorm to your car will always be under ten minutes.

5 College Freshman

Parking: For less than $200 you are guaranteed to always find a parking spot within ten minutes of your dorm.


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Having a car at Skidmore is affordable and an option for all years. A parking permit is $55 per semester or $110 for the entire academic year (you'll need a new permit every year). Those prices apply to every student with a car, regardless of where he or she is eligible to park. If you're living in the dorms, your car must be parked in (the large) West Lot or (the small) Wait Lot—this goes mostly for freshmen and sophomores.  Although some spots can be farther from some dorms, there will always be a spot available. If you're living in Scribner Village (juniors and seniors), there are parking spots in front of each house. For the Northwoods Apartments, there is a large lot to the side of the apartments as well as 30-minute parking spots. Finally, if you live off campus, you can find a spot in several other lots on campus, including Palamountain, Case, sports center, and Zankel Music Center lots. These spots are also shared with faculty, so it can be difficult to find a spot—leave yourself time before class!

The bottom line: Skidmore is a small campus, and a "far walk" for Skidmore students is, in reality, a short walk. So, though students complain that sometimes their car is parked "far" away, they'll probably reach it in less than a five-minute walk.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are student parking lots for both residents and commuters. The overnight lots include: Arts Quad A, Arts Quad B, Dayton Lot, Falstaff's Lot, Northwoods Parking Lot, Tang Museum Lot, Wait Lot, and West Lot. The commuter lots include: Barrett Center Loop, Case Lot, Dance Theater/Lodge Lot, Harder Hall Lot, Jonsson Tower Lot, North Hall Lot, Palamountain Lot, Sports Center/Greenberg Lots, and Perimeter Road parking spaces.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$55 per semester/$110 per academic year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $25
  • Parked overnight in a commuter lot: $25
  • Parking in a lot your car isn't registered for: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
Case Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Wait Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
The process includes filling out a form online (including payment), picking up the decal in your college mailbox, putting it on your car window, and you're set for the year.
Parking Services
Department of Campus Safety
Jonsson Tower
(518) 580-5567
Did You Know?
  • If you get three or more parking violations, Campus Safety will put a boot on your car (so don't be lazy and try to drive to class-it's a small campus!)
  • Guests can get a free parking pass for up to three nights.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 41 responses

  • 32% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

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