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Vistor Parking

Those visiting Swarthmore College Monday through Friday from 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. may park in the visitors' section of the Benjamin West Lot or in signed Visitor spaces in the Fieldhouse House Lot or the Whittier Lot. Many faculty/staff parking spaces are available to visitors Monday through Friday from 3:30p.m. to 7:00a.m. and on weekends; obey posted signs.


Parking permits are required for students, faculty, and staff who wish to park on college property and are not transferable. The person who registers a vehicle is responsible for assuring that the vehicle, regardless of who drives it, is parked in conformance with the College's regulations. Faculty-Staff Permits must be clearly displayed on the rear view mirror of the vehicle with the permit number facing the windshield. Student permits must be displayed on the rear bumper  the vehicle, left of the license plate. On a motorcycle or motorized cycle, the permit must be on the fender near the license plate. Permits shall not be obscured by the plate or any other equipment on the vehicle. Possession of a permit does not guarantee a parking space.

How to Apply

Faculty-Staff parking permits can be applied for through the My Swarthmore application directly or by clicking on the link below:

Faculty/Staff permits on My Swarthmore

Student parking permit requests are reviewed by the Office of Student Engagement. Please direct your requests to Ben Wilson at 610-328-7351.

Late Student Applications

Any student who applies for a parking permit at any time other than the application period may not park his/her vehicle on college property while awaiting the decision of the committee.

Student Temporary Permits

Those having a short-term need to bring a vehicle on campus may request a permit from the Department of Public Safety. These permits are issued contingent on availability of adequate space and determination of reasonable need. The vehicle must be parked only where assigned. Upon expiration of the temporary permit, the vehicle must be removed from college property.If a temporary permit is denied, the student may not park the car anywhere on campus, including Visitor Parking, at any time.

Validation of Student Permits

Student permits are valid from the date of issue until the close of the Spring term. Permits must be displayed on the vehicle described on the application by the second week of September.