Everyone is able to bring a car to campus, even though freshmen are restricted to parking in an inconvenient dirt lot on the far side of campus. But just think of it as a sort of rite of passage because after freshman year, parking becomes a lot more convenient, and you’ll be able to park in the spaces right by the dorms. Campus is pretty small and parking is spread throughout, but a few say finding a spot is sometimes aggravating, if only because everyone is so used to convenient parking. Compared to large state schools, parking—or walking that extra 25 meters—here is a walk in the park. And since the weather is generally always pleasant and getting across campus takes 15 minutes at the most, parking is really no big deal. And if you really hate exercise, you can call Campus Safety to come pick you up at the dirt lot in a golf cart.
Eckerd is a closed campus, with a security booth at the front entrance, which everyone must pass through each time they drive on and off campus. Everyone who doesn’t have a parking decal will be stopped, so definitely fill out the proper paperwork to get one—you’ll be more than glad you did. And it’s easy: At the beginning of each academic year when you pick up your room key, you can also register your vehicle.