Parking/Vehicle Policies

In order for campus police to regulate and manage motor vehicles on campus, all faculty, staff, and students who want to bring, operate, or park a motor vehicle, motorcycle, or moped on the Hampshire College campus must do the following:

  • Complete a Motor Vehicle Registration Form on TheHub. Do not use "N/A" or "none" on this form. (Incomplete forms will not be processed.)
  • Students who are non-residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must complete the Non-resident Student Vehicle Information Form in addition to the above. Print this form; you will need it when you pick up your student parking decal. Do not use "N/A" or "none" on this form. (Incomplete forms will not be processed.)
  • Students are required to visit the campus police parking office to pick up a parking permit. If you are not a resident of Massachusetts, PLEASE BRING YOUR NON-RESIDENT DRIVER STATEMENT with you. You will not be issued a permit without it. This office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m-4 p.m. 

Five College Students

Non-Hampshire College students enrolled in classes on our campus must complete a Proof of Registration form and bring it to the central records office on the first floor in the Lemelson Center for Design Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., to obtain a signature. Bring this signed form, your student ID, and your vehicle registration to the parking office at the rear of the Johnson Library Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to obtain a parking permit. These permits are free of charge; parking is limited to the Five College lot. Hampshire College permits are valid only on the Hampshire campus.

Decal Availability

Students with vehicles on campus, including motorcycles and mopeds, must register with the campus police parking office within seven days of arrival. Parking on campus is limited, and parking permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to check with the parking office for available parking before bringing a vehicle back to campus after any holidays or breaks.

Decal Fee

Student vehicles must be registered within seven days of arrival on campus. A valid driver's license and a valid vehicle registration are required in order to receive a parking permit. Insurance must have your name on the policy. A student can have only one vehicle registered on campus at a time. Students are not allowed to have any unregistered vehicle(s) on campus. The parking permit fee is $165 on campus/$90 off campus per academic year (fall/spring term). This fee will be charged directly to your student account. A vehicle is not considered registered until the parking permit is affixed to the vehicle according to the "decal placement sheet" you will receive when obtaining your decal. Vehicles not registered within seven days are subject to being towed without warning at the owner's expense. All parking issues should be directed to the parking office between 8 a.m-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 559.6151, x6151.

Decal Returns

Parking permits are non-transferable and must be affixed to the vehicle for which they are issued. If you sell or dispose of your vehicle, you must return a portion of the parking permit that was issued to the vehicle to the parking office in order to register another vehicle. A replacement decal will be issued at no charge.

Parking Lots

Student vehicles must be parked in the designated student parking lots identified by the parking signs "Student Parking Only." Please do not park in faculty/staff, visitor, or the Five College lot. The campus police director may grant exceptions. Only registered student vehicles can be parked in the student parking lots. Students should not park in areas marked "snow removal."

Can't Find a Space?

Contact the campus police at 413.559.5424 if you cannot find a space in your designated lot. DO NOT PARK ILLEGALLY.

Restricted Parking

Vehicles parked in restricted areas (fire lanes, bus stops, etc.), unregistered vehicles, or vehicles that are parked in violation of parking regulations are subject to being towed without warning at the owner's expense.

Summer Parking

There is no parking available for students who do not remain on campus. Vehicles may not be stored on campus at any time. Vehicles displaying evidence of non-use will be ticketed and towed. The parking office will make reasonable attempts to contact the owner prior to towing.

Loss of Parking Privileges

Students who show a continual disregard for parking and/or driving regulations risk losing the ability to have a vehicle on campus. The dean of student services, upon recommendation by campus police, makes this decision.


Violation tickets are issued when a vehicle is parked or driven contrary to campus rules. Citations range from $20 to $100, depending on the violation. Fines are billed directly to a student's account. They may be paid in the student accounts office during regular business hours. Visitors on campus who have their vehicles ticketed should mail their payment to Hampshire College campus police.


Citations may be appealed in writing to the parking office within 7 days from the time the citation was issued. Appeals and questions can be directed to the parking office during the following hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m or call 559.6151, x6151. The appeals form can be found on the Hampshire College website under Campus Police/Parking Policies. Students with special needs must register with disabilities services in order to receive appropriate accommodations.

Visitor/Guest Temporary Parking

All visitors and guests are required to register their vehicles with the campus police parking office by providing the vehicle's make, model, color, and license plate number in order for the parking office to issue a temporary parking permit. The permit must be visibly displayed in the vehicle; the vehicle must be assigned a parking lot. If you are visiting a student, the host student must be present (with a valid student identification card) when applying for a temporary parking pass.

Temporary Parking Permit Needed
A permit is needed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Temporary Parking Permit Not Needed
If you are a visitor on campus after 5 p.m. and leave before 8 a.m., you do not need a permit. You MUST park in a visitor parking designated parking area.

If you are a visitor after 5 p.m. on Friday and stay through Sunday (out by 8 a.m Monday), you do not need a permit; however, you MUST park in visitor parking ONLY. Each student parking lot has a designated visitor parking area.

Student Temporary Parking

You must obtain a temporary permit if your vehicle will only be on campus for up to 6 weeks at a cost of $10 per week. You MUST park in student-designated parking. If your vehicle will be on campus for more than 6 weeks, you are required to purchase a student parking decal.

Map with parking (pdf)

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