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Q&A- Parking and Transportation
- Why is Parking at Lehigh So Expensive?
- Why is my Parking Ticket so Expensive?
- Where does the money generated from permit sales and parking fines go?
Realistically, the cost of parking at Lehigh is quite manageable. A permit to park by your residence is $250/yr (about $28.00 a month).
Compared to other campuses in the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh is among the lowest in terms of parking permit fees and fines. Students also have access to Lehigh’s bus services, some of which is funded by parking fees, for no additional cost.
Our campus has grown significantly since students began bringing cars to campus, and the permit rates allow us to continue to provide safe, suitable parking options.
By enforcing parking on Lehigh’s campus, we ensure that there are adequate spaces available for faculty, staff, students, and visitors who have registered their vehicles and/or paid for their parking. When people park on campus illegally, it means someone with a valid permit loses out on a space.
If you are planning to have a car on campus, please note that you can easily avoid citations by registering your vehicle and parking in your designated area. An off-campus commuter parking permit is only $60.00 and allows you to park your car overnight on Mountaintop Campus. This is a cost effective way of having a car on campus and avoiding the fees associated with doing so illegally, which will result in a $50.00 fine.
The revenue generated from permit sales and parking fines goes directly to fund parking lot and garage maintenance. Our campus has grown significantly since students began bringing cars to campus, and we now have to raise the rates to continue to provide safe, suitable parking options.
Examples from past years include:
- Expanded hours in the Parking Office (Now open during lunch!)
- Meters with Ten Minute Free buttons and reloadable SMARTcards
- Extensive seal-coating and repaving on all campuses to improve safety of lots
- Increased and improved signage and line-painting to decrease parking ambiguity
- Resurfaced thirteen fraternity and sorority lots in the last three years
You would need to purchase a permit for the Academic Year and pay the appropriate fee. Should you find that you do not need your permit for the second semester, you may return it for a pro-rated refund less a service fee of $5.00. You must return the permit by December 30, 2012
We have procedures in place for undergraduate students, graduate students (including RA/TA/GA’s), and faculty/staff. Please click on the appropriate category on our home page to find the parking information that pertains to your standing at Lehigh. Note that all parking is on a first come first serve basis.
All students with valid parking permits (including commuter) may park:
- In the student commuter parking lot located on Mountaintop Campus at all times
- In unreserved faculty/staff parking areas Monday through Friday 4:00 pm – 6:00 am and all day on weekends
- At the Green meters (first ten minutes free)
- At the Gold meters in the Campus Square Garage (first ten minutes free)
Please visit our Graduate Student parking page at www.lehigh.edu/parking/gradpermits.shtml
You may obtain an off-campus commuter parking permit which allows parking on the Mountaintop campus at anytime. Overnight parking is not allowed on the Asa Packer campus except for students with valid residential parking permits, who may park ONLY in their assigned residential parking areas.
All students with valid parking permits (including commuter) may park in the student commuter parking lot located on Mountaintop Campus at all times and in unreserved faculty/staff parking areas Monday through Friday 4:00 pm – 6:00 am and all day on weekends.
Yes. Permits may be obtained by going to the Parking Services office. If you are unable to obtain the permit prior to your arrival, visitors may park at and pay any of the parking meters located throughout the campus. Parking is also available in the Zoellner Arts Center parking garage. There is a fee for entry.
RETURNED PARKING PERMITS: Students will be issued a refund if the permit is physically returned as follows:
Permit is returned on:
Day 1 – Day 5 of classes, the refund is = Cost of permit - $10
Day 6 – Day 10 of classes, the refund is = 50% of cost of permit - $5
The refund is issued by the Bursar after the Parking Services office processes student charges and credits (typically on a weekly basis).
REFUNDS FOR SMARTCARDS: Amount remaining on the card x 80% - $5
A state-issued motor vehicle registration, Lehigh ID, and payment. RA/GA/TA’s also need to show proof of residency (current copy of your lease or current utility bill).
Parking ticket prices remain the same until paid. You may pay your ticket at the Parking Services office or the Bursar’s Office. If not paid within ten days, the fine amount is transferred to your bursar bill and is then subject to the payment policies and requirements issued by the that office.
The Parking Appeals Committee meets weekly and reviews appeals in the order they are received. Although the exact amount of time to receive an answer depends on the volume of appeals, 20 days is a good rule-of-thumb.
At this time this is not an option. In the future this service will be available.
First year students risk losing their parking privileges for subsequent years in addition to a minimum $75.00 penalty per instance. You may contact the Bethlehem Parking Authority (610-865-7123) to determine if they have any convenient parking available.
A First Year student, for purposes of determining eligibility to obtain a parking permit, is a person who is attending college for the first time, or a person who has not yet achieved sophomore academic standing, or a person who lives in a residence facility designed to house First Year students.
This is subject to availability, please contact Sharon Field at (610) 758-4827 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.