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3 College Junior

Parking: If you have a parking permit, or are parking temporarily, then the parking situation is fine. However, if you are not parking temporarily then there is a big chance your car will not be there when you return.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is parking available between the Morehouse and Spelman parking deck.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The cost is $400 per semester.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a vehicle on campus so not sure about a lot of parking costs and issues.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on campus is fare and accessible.

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If you could get a dollar for every student who has something negative to say about the parking situation at Spelman, you'd be a rich person. It is like finding a needle in a haystack to even find someone who doesn't use the word awful, horrible, or expensive when they describe the parking options they have on a day-to-day basis. Those who live off campus don't see the benefit of the yearly pass, especially if they only have classes on certain days, but the three-dollar charges add up, and the parking deck and lots are often full. There is parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, but there is a crime risk with that, and you have to get up at the crack of dawn to get a prime location. Parking at the other schools and the associated prices may be driving the anger of some of the students. Morehouse and Clark Atlanta University are charging less to park. Some students complain that until recently they had the option to park at Morehouse, but because so many Spelman students were going over there, they had to discontinue it. The parking deck and surrounding lots on the Spelman campus appear to be under the control of a separate company, so it is unclear whether the institution can do anything about it. The bottom line is Spelman students find parking to be one of the least positive experiences at the college.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There is a general parking deck open to commuter students, as well as a parking deck beneath the Spelman Suites where on-campus students are allowed to park.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$700 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter:
  • No parking zone:
  • Fire lane:
  • Handicapped zone:
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The parking lots outside Spelman's gates, but you have to pay here. The parking deck also usually has slots open, but it has been known to fill to capacity.
  • If you have an early morning class, you may find an open slot.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Any of the streets within walking distance of the school.
Getting a Parking Permit
In order to keep your vehicle in the Spelman parking deck you must obtain a permit. There are only 180 spaces in the parking deck available to upperclasswomen. Permits are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and payment is necessary in advance. Commuter students can use the deck for a daily fee with no in and out privileges. In addition, many Spelman students purchase parking passes at Morehouse College due to the lower costs.
Parking Services
Parking Management Office
350 Spelman Ln.
Campus Box 305
(404) 270-5431
Did You Know?
People from big cities are used to parallel parking, but non-city folk struggle with the tight spaces. You'll learn how to get that SUV into a curbside spot quickly after being late for a couple of classes. Once you get street parking and can parallel park with your eyes closed, your luck might change, as many of the street parking areas are prone to vandalism.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 57 responses

  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% 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 58 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 59% Morehouse parking lot
  • 19% Next to the bookstore, and Manley
  • 15% Spelman parking deck (w/ permit for weekdays)
  • 7% Near llc

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 71% In front of the Halls
  • 29% In front of academic buildings
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