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2 College Freshman

Parking: I go to the Staten Island campus, a car is pretty necessary. I do not pay for the parking passes, but you can usually park on the streets.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Public Safety is very ease about fining for off campus car parking on campus and parking around school is all free.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: more times than not you will find a spot especially after three

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are a few spots on the roads around campus, it isn't too difficult to find a space.

3 College Junior

Parking: I know that paying for a parking permit, to actually park on campus is a bit much.

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Some students find it easier to just commute by public transportation, but those that simply must drive should come early to find off-campus parking because it can become hectic on campus. Parking is reportedly a disaster for many students, especially for those that have afternoon classes. It is often suggested that the University build another parking lot, but that will probably come last in line when compared to other necessities, such as new dorms. Also, for students living on campus that want to drive, the pricing can be very steep, ranging from $500 to $800. Finding legal off-campus parking seems to be cheaper and less chaotic than the campus parking.

Having a car on campus isn’t that useful for noncommuters. New York City has a great public transportation system that can get you almost anywhere you want to go. And if students think parking is bad on campus, they should try parking in Manhattan. It can be literally impossible, unless you are willing to put your car in a garage at a very expensive rate. St. John’s does not seem interested in promoting more opportunities for student parking on campus, and there’s only so much space available in the surrounding area. Bottom line: If at all avoidable, don’t bring a car. Parking will drive you nuts.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen and sophomores are not eligible for permits.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $50 for a commuter pass
  • $500 for junior/senior-resident student pass
Common Parking Tickets
  • Not having a parking permit: $50
  • No parking zone: $75
  • Teacher-only parking zone: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Carnesecca Arena
  • Goethals Avenue
  • 170th Street
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Large lot (library main lot)
Getting a Parking Permit
Residents must purchase a resident parking permit from Public Safety in order to park a car on campus. Only residents in their junior or senior years and law students are permitted to purchase residential parking stickers. Stickers are very limited, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should know that limited parking is available; parking is not guaranteed. Overnight guests who are parking with vehicles must obtain a temporary parking pass at the Public Safety office.
Parking Services
Public Safety
ROTC Building, McDonald Center
Goethals Avenue, by Gate 6
(718) 990-6281

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 170 responses

  • 6% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 56% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 171 responses

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