Lake Forest College is a residential pedestrian campus with a limited number of parking spaces available, is it necessary to restrict parking eligibility 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.

Therefore, student parking and permit eligibility is  limited to

  1. all commuting students
  2. all junior residential students
  3. all senior residential students

First-year and Sophomore Residential Student Parking Permit Application Process

While first-year and sophomore residential students are  not eligible to obtain a permit to park on campus, students can  seek permission to purchase a regular permit for documented  medical reasons that  requires submission of a Verification of Need for Accessibility Services form.

First-year and sophomore residential students can also  seek permission to purchase a regular permit for documented  extreme financial need or hardship reasons by  submitting a  Non Medical Parking Permit Application.  Please note that requests to have a car on campus for the convenience of visiting home, relatives, or friends  does not satisfy the extreme need or hardship requirement. Likewise, having an off-campus job or participating in extra-curricular activities also cannot be considered unless the extreme need or hardship requirement is met first.  Once the completed  application is submitted, a “need-based financial aid” review (grants, loans, work-study) is conducted with assistance from the Office of Financial Aid who advise if the applicant has a high, moderate, low, or no need. Applicants with a demonstrated high or moderate need are typically granted permission to purchase a permit while those with a demonstrated low or no need are not approved.

Students whose applications are approved will be notified via their College email account.  The message will also include information about their purchase options and the steps they need to follow to obtain their permit.

Students whose applications are  not approved  can request to be placed on a prioritized waiting list which will be revisited  following a utilization review of the number of permits issued to all commuting students, eligible junior and senior residential students, and those approved for medical or hardship reasons. If sufficient space is available following our assessment (which should be completed approximately 5-7 days  after the first scheduled day of class ), students will be notified by email if their request can be accommodated along with information about their purchase options and the steps they need to follow to obtain their permit.

Parking Permit Fees

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 prorated amount.

Student Vehicle Registration Process

Students  must come to the  Public Safety Center and register their vehicle to obtain any type of permit (unless otherwise directed and given special instructions such as for “move-in” days).

Students  must bring a  copy of their receipt if purchased on-line (recommended) or in the Business Office. Students  must also bring an original or copy of the vehicle’s current year  license registration card (which is used to verify the license plate number and registered ownership) at which time  registration will  only be permitted if the license registration card bears the name of the student or the name of a member of their immediate family . Any discrepancy or dispute will require approval by the Director or Assistant Director of Public Safety.

Guest Parking

Please review the guest registration information and requirements. 

2022-2023 Campus Parking Map

We encourage everyone to review our entire  parking rules and regulations policy, which will also be distributed with issued permits.