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2 College Junior

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, there is not nearly enough parking and it cost a bit too much for me to think it is worth it

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Commuter and resident parking is the worst.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Really nice to have a car if you want to go anywhere but the bus is pretty convenient. Can usually find a ride because a lot of students have cars.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Unless you have an off campus job there is really no need to have a car on campus, as there are food and stores in walking distance. I believe a parking pass for the year is around $250. That would be reasonable if the parking lots were closer to campus. The entire campus is one big hill, and the commuter parking lot is on the bottom of this hill so the walk to class is vigorous. Probably a good 15 minute walk at least, and that's if it is not raining or icy. Although there is a shuttle that goes form the lot to campus, it fills quickly and takes a while. Sometimes it feels like paying a bus fair would be chepaer than paying for a parking pass.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking lots for commuters are too far and the shuttles are never on time.

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Parking is a huge issue on campus, and most students and faculty can agree that the parking situation needs an improvement. There is an abundance of cars and a shortage of parking spaces. Every year, the parking and traffic team devises a new plan to try and improve matters, and every year they seem to fail miserably. The high cost of parking should guarantee students a spot, but that doesn’t always happen, mostly because everyone is allowed to have a car on campus, including freshmen.

Commuter lots are on the outskirts of campus, leaving students with long walks to class. There is a campus shuttle system, but the shuttles are either late or fill up quickly. Staff and residence lots are in better locations than commuter lots. If you are parked illegally, you will get a warning, and the next time, you'll get towed. Inclement weather and the fact that campus is one large hill does not make walking to class from remote parking spots any better. However, when the weather is nice, walking around campus can be nice and refreshing. New England can be very beautiful, especially in the fall, so long walks to class are not always a bad thing. Parking is easily the biggest issue on campus, especially for the large amount of commuting students.


Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $160 per year for commuter
  • $235 per year for residents
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $75
  • No parking zone: $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
The best parking spaces go quickly, so students who arrive to campus early fill them up. Try the Fine Arts Parking Lot at the top of campus first, but if that's full, head down to the giant Flagg Road Lot.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The Fine Arts Lot fills up very quickly in the morning, but spots open up in the afternoon. There is a church parking lot at the top off campus, but there is hardly ever an open spot.
Getting a Parking Permit
In order to get a parking permit, you have to register online by going to Students need to have a student ID number, valid driver's license, vehicle license plate, and credit card information. After your application is processed and approved, the parking permit will be mailed within two to four days.
Parking Services
51 Briar Ln.
(401) 874-9281

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 134 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 34% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 133 responses

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