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3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are slightly expensive, but not as bad as they used to be. On campus, you don't need a car, but to get anywhere off, it's nice to have.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Most of the parking can be a little out of the way (e.g. far away from dorms). Otherwise, the parking situation is quite average.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I did not have a car but it is possible and fairly easy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Expensive permits, hard to find parking if you don't get to campus early enough.

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is crazy packed all the time and it is proof that you don't need to buy a car. It's better to just use the zipcars that are available.

3 people found this useful Report

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Students are generally happy with the amount of available parking on campus. Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars or get permits, which has alleviated the parking problem. There are lots around campus where parking is still an issue, especially in large dorms that house all upperclassmen. In the worst case, you will have to park a two- to five-minute walk away from your dorm during peak parking hours.

In general, having a car at Stanford will be fairly convenient. You can park right near your dorm during the day, and drive around and park at your friends’ dorms across campus later at night. At $130 for a permit, it’s pretty affordable. However, since incoming freshmen are not allowed to park on campus, they have a whole year before parking will be a problem for them.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Parking is available for students, but sometimes it gets difficult. Every place on campus has a certain type of permit. Usually, students buy a permit that fits the parking lot next to their dorm. After 6 p.m., almost all of the parking on campus is free and requires no permit.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshman are not allowed to have cars.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $242.50 per academic year for resident students
  • $622.50 per academic year for commuter students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Permit violation: $45
  • Illegally parking in a disabled space: $348
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are available to all undergrads except freshmen. Residents can purchase permits for the lot closest to their residence hall; commuters cannot get residence hall permits, but they have a lot more options in other campus lots.
Parking Services
Parking and Transporation Services
340 Bonair Siding
(650) 723-9362
Did You Know?
While many students have cars on campus, Stanford is mostly a biking campus. Sometimes it is more convenient to bike around campus than to drive. Parking is always crowded, and it is hard to find parking spaces.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 95 responses

  • 13% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 41% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 88 responses

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


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