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Lake Forest College is a residential pedestrian campus with a limited number of parking spaces available. Therefore, we restrict the availability of parking not only for philosophical reasons but also for purely practical ones – there simply are not enough spaces to provide parking for everyone who would like to have a car on campus.
Student parking and permit eligibility is limited to:
- all commuting students
- all junior students
- all senior students
While first-year and sophomore residential students are not eligible to obtain a permit to park on campus, ineligible students can seek permission to purchase a regular permit through an application process for documented medical reasons or in rare and demonstrated cases of extreme financial need or hardship. Since display of a valid permit is required, exceptions and waivers should be requested and approved prior to bringing a vehicle on campus
First-year and sophomore residential students seeking a waiver and permission to purchase a permit for medical reasons must submit a Verification of Need for Accessibility Services form.
First-year and sophomore residential students seeking a waiver and permission to purchase a permit for demonstrated cases of extreme financial need or hardship must submit a First-Year or Sophomore Resident Parking Permit Application form, which can also be picked up at the Public Safety Center.
2020-2021 Fees for Residential Students
All eligible and accommodation approved permits purchased at the beginning of the fall semester cost $250 for the academic year. Permits purchased after the semester has started will be charged a prorated amount.
Permits purchased at the beginning of the spring semester cost $125 for the remainder of the academic year. Permits purchased after the semester has started will be charged a pro-rated amount.
2020-2021 Fees for Commuting Students
While no fees will be charged for commuting students to park on campus, a parking permit will still be required and must be displayed.
Students who are commuting from locations other than College contracted off-campus housing will be issued an academic year “All Campus Permit” that will expire in August 25, 2021.
Students who are residing in College contracted off-campus housing will be issued a “Fall 2020 All Campus Permit” which will expire on December 31, 2020.
If College contracted off-campus housing remains in effect for the spring semester, any student who will remain in contracted off-campus housing will be required to obtain a new permit (at no charge) to park on campus after December 31, 2020.
We encourage everyone to review our entire parking rules and regulations policy, which will also be distributed with issued permits.