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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I've heard that it's difficult to find parking, but I don't own a car.

3 College Junior

Parking: The off campus parking is average. It is not terribly difficult to find a parking area but it can be hard during family weekend, commencement and other special occasions.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There is a chronic shortage of on campus parking. A car is probably not worth it unless you really need one to get off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's not so bad, but its hard to have a car if you don't have a parking pass.

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3 College Junior

Parking: I do not own a car here so I would not be a reliable source


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Many students like to bring a car to campus so they can drive between school and home, and it also makes it easier to take a class off campus. Unfortunately, Smith has very few parking spaces open to students, and first-years are not allowed to bring cars to campus. However, many do and simply park on side streets, as do other students who want to circumvent the campus parking shortage. Just beware: Most city streets here use alternate-side parking, so you must move your car to the other side of the street every morning before 11 a.m. Anyone who forgets to do so will be towed.

To make it more difficult, when the city of Northampton declares a snow emergency, which happens whenever snow is expected, all cars parked on city streets must be moved to the athletic fields—a 20-minute walk from most Smith houses—so that plows can get through. All in all, parking on campus is a hassle, even when you have a permit. But, many students still make the sacrifices because having a car makes it a lot easier to get around the area.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students with a permit can park in any of the 277 green-lined spaces. Student parking is also available in perimeter lots and the parking garage.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$150 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parked in a towing zone: $30
  • Parking without a parking decal: $30
  • Handicapped space: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
Elm Street
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Dickinson (the unrestricted lot on central campus)
Getting a Parking Permit
Smith has an annual lottery for permits for the 277 parking spaces on campus. These permits allow parking in all green-lined spaces on campus. Commuter students are eligible for a permit allowing parking in the on-campus parking garage and Indoor Track and Tennis facility lot from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday.

There are 100 parking spaces in the peripheral Stables and Tennis Court lots, but these lots are fairly inconvenient. All Smith students with cars must get a Smith ID tag from Public Safety-these tags do not permit parking, but student cars without tags will be ticketed.
Parking Services
Public Safety
Tilley Hall
(413) 585-2495
Did You Know?
If you have more than three tickets, watch out-if they find your car, they're going to lock the tire.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 82 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 18% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 51% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 68 responses

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