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Student Parking

First-Year Students

First-year students are prohibited from bringing their vehicles to campus. Any first-year student found in violation of this policy will be referred to the Smith College Judicial Board.

 

Requirements

Parking Spaces

Enforcement of parking rules and regulations is critical to both vehicular and pedestrian safety and to insure that the beauty of the college grounds is preserved. Campus Police requests that all members of the community comply with the spirit and the letter of the regulations at all times. All parking is color-coded and applies to vehicles with current Smith College parking decals or passes. White lines apply to faculty and staff vehicles. Green lines apply to student vehicles. Orange lines apply to service vehicles and blue lines for visitors. All vehicles must display appropriate current decals or passes.

Parking in green-lined spaces is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual spaces are not reserved for each decal. Students whose vehicles are properly registered may park in designated student lots only 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no exceptions. The same rules are in effect during the break period, holidays, January and summer term.

Students may not park in the Quad at any time.

 

Order a Student Parking Decal Online

A credit card is required for all online purchases. For those who order decals online, decals will be mailed to your campus address. Alternatively, you may register a vehicle at the Campus Police office, 126 West Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or mail in a form with your payment. 

Parking Registration

Full Year or Semester Decal

There are 275 green-lined spaces allocated to student parking each year. Students eligible for a Smith College parking permit decal may register a vehicle and purchase a Full Year or Semester decal online. The cost is $150 per academic year or $75 per semester with parking restricted to green-lined spaces.

Perimeter Decal

Forty perimeter parking spaces are available in the Stables Lot and on the left-hand side of Tennis Court Drive. The cost is $25 and parking is restricted to these two lots. Perimeter decals may be purchased online.

Commuter Decal

The permit allows day parking only on the top level of the Smith Parking Garage in the red-lined spaces and can be purchased for $25 per year. There are 100 of these decals available and Commuter decals may be purchased online. The top level is gated during a snow emergency. If so, parking is allowed in any lot in the white-lined spaces while attending classes.

44 and 54 Ada Comstock Transient Decal

This permit is restricted to residents of 44 and 54 Green Street only. The cost of a Ada Comstock Transient decal is $25 per year with parking limited to the top level of the Smith Parking Garage in the red-lined spaces. Overnight parking is allowed as well. During a snow emergency, parking is allowed in the white-lined spaces.  This decal is ONLY available for sale at the Campus Police office. Cash or checks only may be used to purchase an Ada Comstock Transient decal (no online purchases).

Ada Comstock Decal (Conway House)

Restricted to residents of Ada Comstock housing only and parking is limited to the Conway Lot. The cost for this decal is $150 and is valid from September 1 through August 31. This decal is ONLY available for sale at the Campus Police office. Cash or checks only may be used to purchase an Ada Comstock decal (no online purchases).


Restrictions

Prohibited Parking

Parking is not permitted on interior campus roads including College Lane and Lower College Lane or in driveways, except as posted. Parking is also prohibited in the Quad from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Campus Speed Limit

All traffic is restricted to 15 mph, with the exception of ambulance, fire and police vehicles.

Violations and Penalties

The college will issue tickets and assess fines for violations of the parking regulations. Vehicles parked in tow-away zones or in unmarked areas that impede access by service vehicles will be towed.

Appeals

Parking appeals must be filed within seven days from the issuance of the ticket. Any appeal received after that date will be denied.

 


Replacement Vehicles and Decals

If a replacement vehicle is used for a car under repair or other reason, a visitor pass must be obtained at Campus Police. Should a vehicle with a Smith decal be traded or no longer in service, the old decal should be removed and returned to Campus Police. The new vehicle will be registered at no charge when the decal is returned.


Handicap Parking

Persons with handicap placards may park in any handicap space or white-lined space on campus. If you believe you qualify to park in handicap spaces but do not have a placard, visit the Office of Disability Services to apply for a temporary college pass.


Summer Parking

School for Social Work Students

A School for Social Work student summer parking permit allows parking in lots where there are green-lined spaces or on the top level of the Parking Garage in the red-lined spaces. This applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no exceptions.

Summer Parking for Student Workers

Students who work on campus during the summer are required to come to Campus Police to obtain a temporary parking pass. The pass is free of charge and allows students to park in designated lots from June 1 through August 31. Vehicles may not be stored on campus at any time. Vehicles displaying evidence of non-use will be ticketed and towed.

Summer Parking for Dependents of Employees

Dependents of faculty and staff who are employed during the summer are required to obtain a free temporary parking pass for the summer employment period at the Campus Police Parking Office. Dependents will be assigned a lot to park in.


Holiday/Break Periods

Parking rules and regulations are in full effect at all times. All student vehicles must be parked in student lots. Additionally, during the winter season, vehicles left on campus must be moved to the designated snow lots in order not to interfere with snow removal operations prior to a predicted snowstorm. Vehicles that are left on campus in lots other than the designated lots during holiday periods will be towed at the owner's expense. The snow lots are: Stables lot, Pasture lot, Tennis Court Drive, Tennis Court lots and the Parking Garage on Level 1 in green-lined spaces only.


Five College Student Parking

Five College students who attend day classes at Smith, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., may choose to:

  • Park on city streets in metered or unmetered spaces. There is also a City of Northampton lot on West Street which has extended metered parking (up to 10 hours) between 6 a.m. and midnight.
  • Park on campus in visitor spaces (two-hour limit only). There are 10 spaces in the Parking Garage and six spaces in the Dickinson lot on Green Street.
  • Purchase a parking decal for $25 to park on the top level of the Smith Parking Garage.

Zipcar

Smith offers the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to join Zipcar for only $25 a year. You can get 24/7 access to Zipcars parked right on campus. Hourly rates include gas, insurance and reserved parking. For more details and to enroll, go to www.zipcar.com/smith.