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Parking at Smith
Smith College Parking

Campus parking rules and regulations are strictly enforced by the Campus Police Department.

The Parking Rules and Regulations may be amended at any time. The Northampton Police Department will continue enforcement on city streets. Vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing as applicable.

Faculty and Staff

The college has only 1,560 parking spaces for more than 2,080 registered faculty and staff vehicles. See the the Faculty/Staff Parking page for more information.

Opt-Out Parking Program

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of Smith's Opt-Out program, which is a great way to earn cash, save gas and do your part for the environment.


Due to limited parking spaces, the college strongly discourages students from bringing their motor vehicles to Northampton.

See the Student Parking and Five College Student Parking pages for more information.


Visitors who need to park for college business from Monday through Friday (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) must obtain a one-day parking pass from Campus Police or the department they are visiting. This parking pass should be displayed by hanging it from the rear-view mirror of the vehicle. It permits visitors to park in white-lined spaces.


City Ordinance

An ordinance enacted by the Northampton City Council is in effect on the following streets near the Quadrangle: Washington Avenue, Harrison Avenue and Dryads Green. The ordinance calls for alternate-side, alternate-day parking on these streets. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed at the expense of the owner. Signs are posted on both sides of the three streets indicating that cars must be moved each day at 11 a.m. Illegally parked cars present a safety hazard because they prevent access by fire engines and other emergency vehicles; thus the ordinance will be strictly enforced.

The city of Northampton has a neighborhood-only parking ordinance along Kensington Avenue. Overnight parking is not allowed on Kensington Avenue. Only Kensington Avenue property owners or their tenants are allowed to park overnight.

A third ordinance, prohibiting parking citywide within three feet of driveways, will also be strictly enforced. We caution you to take these ordinances seriously to avoid towing and ticketing charges.