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4 College Freshman

Parking: Many students don't have cars, so parking is available.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no cost for parking on campus, but there are only two real parking lots, and those aren't very large so they can fill up quickly. There's a decent amount of street parking.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is plenty of parking on campus, but it also depends on where you live. Parking behind Jewett and Lyman is limited, but there is a ton of parking by the science building. Sometimes, there can be vandalism but it's rare. Campus security tries to prevent it from happening but it can still happen.

5 College Junior

Parking: A lot of students don't have cars and it's a small school so parking is completely reasonable! Most students don't pay anything to park on campus. I would say overall it's not an issue and very easy to deal with parking, no matter your year in school or where you live.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Irrelevant for Most – Most students at Whitman do not have cars so parking is not an issue for these students. For students fortunate enough to have a car on campus, there are generally enough good spots for them. Even when there are not good spots, there are always SOME spots for students to park.


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For the most part, parking is not a major problem. Such a small school really doesn’t seem to need much more than what it already has for parking, and most seem to think that the occasional overflow during big events isn’t bad enough for more lots to be built. The dorms do have some parking, but most available parking is on the street, meaning students get pretty talented at parallel parking, although it’s certainly possible to find parking in the lots, unless large events are taking place. The occasional frustration arises when students need to find parking very close to their destinations, but there will always be some parking available nearby.

Though most of the parking lots are fairly small, there are several of them, including lots by the science building, Olin, Jewett, Prentiss/Anderson, Reid Campus Center, Douglas, and North. Students generally don’t use their cars that often unless it’s for recreational purposes during the weekends, specifically for outdoor recreational activities since the surrounding terrain is known for its beauty, and outdoor activities are very popular amongst Whitman students. It doesn’t take too long for students to figure out where the best places to park are, and once students find these spots, they are pretty much guaranteed to be able to use the spot on a regular basis. Rarely, unless they are running very late to class and are desperate, do students use their cars to get to class (and if anyone found out, they’d probably be made fun of for the duration of the year). Overall, parking is almost always available on the street, and it’s free, which is a big bonus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots behind Jewett Hall, North Hall, Anderson Hall, Harper Joy theatre, Reid, and between Douglas Hall and Prentiss Dining. Street parking is also available.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $200
  • No parking zone: $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Behind Harper Joy Theater
  • Behind North Hall
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Behind Jewett Hall
  • Behind Anderson Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
None needed

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 24 responses

  • 71% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 0% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% 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 23 responses

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


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