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2 College Junior

Parking: I've definitely found my car to be useful, especially for grocery store trips. Parking on the street can add up, and they hand out tickets pretty diligently.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Hard to find parking near campus.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I never had a car on campus myself, but I heard so many horror stories of break-ins that I don't think I ever would bring a car to New Haven.

5 College Freshman

Parking: No one drives at Yale; there's no reason to drive anywhere.

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4 College Student

Parking: Parking is ample for permit holders and all university parking lots open to the public after a certain hour in the afternoon.

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The majority of Yalies find that they simply don't need a car on campus. Most places in New Haven are within walking distance or a brief shuttle ride away (there is a real-time shuttle tracking system online!). Most social activities are contained on campus so you don't need to drive anywhere to have a great time. Plus, New York City and Boston are a mere train ride away.

When you really need a car, Yale offers a great program called Zipcar that allows students to rent a car by the hour or day for a reasonable cost. There are 11 Zipcar locations on the Yale campus, so it is easy and inexpensive to get off campus when you need to.

Some students who live nearby may want a car to get to and from home quickly. However, a car can be more pain than it is worth. Most students observe that the parking lot locations are inconvenient and that the costs are unreasonable (New Haven is a city). In the end, it might be cheaper and easier to use public transportation and rent a Zipcar for one-time needs.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Pierson-Sage Garage is a University-owned garage offering parking for resident undergraduates and graduates.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$666 for the academic year or $888 for the full year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failing to feed a parking meter:
  • Parking in a loading or no parking zone:
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Chapel/York garage
  • Renting out a space from a friend who lives off-campus and doesn't have a car
  • Schubert Theater garage
  • Broadway parking
Getting a Parking Permit
It is relatively easy to get a parking permit. However, they are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Forms are available online beginning July 1 every year.
Parking Services
Parking and Transit Office
155 Whitney Ave.
Room 300
(203) 432-9790
Did You Know?
The hardest times to find a spot are moving-in and moving-out weeks!

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 66 responses

  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 5% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 35% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 58 responses

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