While there is ample parking on campus for any student who wishes to bring her car (even first years), that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find a good parking space. Many students don’t want to make the trek from outlying parking lots to their dorms, especially in cold weather. Spaces near the center of campus fill up quickly. You’ll either have to be really wise to the best times to find a parking space, never move your car from your coveted parking space once you get it, or else you will (probably most of the time) find yourself circling around, fruitlessly looking for a spot before finally giving up and parking in Gorse.
Many students, however, do not bring their cars, and do just fine. The free bus system is pretty efficient, although it has its limits on where and when it will take you. And there’s always carpooling. Not having a car also keeps you from getting one of the ubiquitous parking tickets given out by Public Safety, so ubiquitous that some have been led to wonder if officers have anything better to do with their time. Parking regulations on campus can sometimes seem too complex, especially as they involve guest parking. Faculty/staff spaces become open to guests on weekends but only within a certain time frame, and guests had better be out of there by early Monday morning. One good thing, though, is that student annual parking passes are relatively cheap compared to other schools.