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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is parking on campus but it's very expensive to get a permit

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2 College Student

Parking: So hard to find parking and it coasts a fortune

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The school is pretty weird when it comes to parking- especially since they have weird rules regarding how underclassmen can't have cars on campus. I think that's pretty unfair. Parking stickers cost a lot, but it's convenience price I guess.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Honestly, I don't have a car on campus but sometimes I hear people complaining about it so it must have some pros and cons.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking at Tufts is expensive, and parking on the streets of Somerville and Medford can be too if you don't have a Mass. license plate. There are big lots on campus and you can get a parking pass from TUPD.

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While driving in downtown Boston can be a bit disheartening, having a car on campus can be beneficial to students because it reduces travel time and adds a lot of convenience to grocery shopping. Parking can be difficult, however, and with three separate police departments all ready to ticket, the costs can add up quickly if you leave your car somewhere you shouldn’t. If you think you’ll need to travel outside of the Boston area, a car can be indispensable. However, for getting in and out of the city, public transit is generally quicker and tends to be less nerve-racking.

It’s almost impossible to find parking close to the dorms, especially around noon when the campus is full of people, but there are plenty of empty spots in the Cousen’s lot. It’s a short walk from the rest of campus, but you won’t really need your car to get to class anyway. Students generally agree that a parking decal is worth it, despite the hefty fee—being able to leave your car in the lots or garages without worrying about constant $50 tickets is a huge plus. Eventually, these do show up on your bursar’s bill, and your mom and dad won’t be too happy.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
However, only if they get special permission
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $250 per year for commuters
  • $500 per year for resident students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Handicapped zone: $50, and/or towing fees
  • No decal: $50
  • No parking zone: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Cousens Lot
  • South Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Carmichael Lot
  • Latin Way Strip
Getting a Parking Permit
Talk to TUPD at the beginning of the year to purchase a parking decal. The parking permit is definitely worth it because the ticket prices are so high, but you can always take your chances. To apply for a decal, you must present your valid Tufts ID and the vehicle registration. Students with vehicles registered out of state must provide proof of vehicle insurance. If you buy a parking pass, they will absolve your tickets for that semester. Make sure to put the parking decal on the left side window, so that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of getting ticketed by accident.
Parking Services
TUPD Administrative Services
419 Boston Ave.
(617) 627-3692

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 52 responses

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