Parking

As it is at the beginning of each semester, parking on campus is at a premium. This year is no exception. It is anticipated that our traditional parking lots will be filled and we will be using a number of lesser used lots to accommodate the overflow vehicles for a while.

Although everyone likes to be able to park in a parking lot that is close to their particular residence hall or destination, that is not always possible. Student lots are designated for commuters, upper division, and all student (first year). Commuter students can park in any student lot, upper division students can park in any student lot (but not in a commuter lot) and first year students can only park in lots designated as student lots. Students cannot park in a space or lot designated for faculty and staff parking.

In an effort to alleviate some of the pressure, the parking committee and University Police are asking for your assistance in doing the following:

  • Park in your designated lots in a clearly marked legal parking space.
  • Do not block anyone in.
  • Do not block driving lanes.

If you are a person who has a vehicle on campus but do not use it on a daily basis, consider parking it in one of the lesser used parking lots. This will allow another student who regularly uses their vehicle the ability to park in the more commonly used lots.

The areas that we have designated as lesser used lots on campus include lots #24 and #31. Lot #24 is above Orvis and lot #31 is accessed by driving behind Peet Hall. In addition, we have two other lots on State Route. 244; lot #42 which is behind the Motorsports Complex and an area behind the Veterinary Technology Center. These lots are seldom full and using these lots will ease a lot of the initial parking problems.

ACES runs a shuttle that will transport students from the Veterinary Technology Center lot to the main campus. Call 607-587-4705 to find out what the ACES pick up schedule is for these lots.

View the ASC online interactive map for a complete view of the campus and available parking lots for the permit issued.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: I hear that parking on a university or college campus is tight… are there enough spaces?

A: Yes!  While on patrol and watching out for your safety at ASC, University Police also conduct parking space audits at the start of each semester as new students are searching for the best available space. Our audits and counts taken during peak demand (around 9:00-10:00 am) show hundreds of empty and available spaces on the Alfred campus.

Often new students, staff, or visitors, ask our police officers for assistance to learn their way around. They are here to help and can show you the multiple student parking lots with open spaces! Refer to the map until you’ve established your routine for when to arrive on campus and learn where empty spaces are most likely available at the time you’re parking your vehicle.

Q: Have you “oversold” parking permits compared to the available number of spaces?

A: No. Nationally, most college campuses do “oversell” parking permits by two times more than their number of spaces. This is because not all permit holders are using all spaces at the same time. At ASC, our students in Alfred and Wellsville share 1,881 student parking spaces.

So far for 2022-23, we have only issued 1,691 permits. Consistently over the past several years, the number of parking permits issued is far below national averages for the supply-demand ratio and typically remains near a factor of one.

*With Parking Lot 1 temporarily closed due to construction, we currently have 1778 student spaces open for use which is once again, more supply than the total student permits issued.

Q: Does my parking permit guarantee me convenient parking, close to my building or classes?

A: No, unfortunately. While purchasing a parking permit entitles you access to campus parking, it cannot guarantee any person access to specific lots based on convenience. While we’d all like parking close to the buildings that we frequently use, the reality is that parking on college campuses is dynamic and requires personal flexibility to use lots with the available space at your particular time of arrival. Arriving at peak times changes the availability of the most convenient spaces.

Q: Why did the student parking regulations change in Fall 2022 for residential student parking?

A: For several reasons: (1) We have had to adjust due to some parking lot closures due to construction including upgrades along our loop road to replace water lines and other critical underground infrastructure. (2) We have now provided equal access to first year students who are living on campus. This was in response to input, to establish equity among residential students, and to better welcome our new students, who are adjusting to a new unfamiliar campus away from home.

Q: When does the college begin issuing parking violations and not just warnings?

A: The University Police Department typically starts the fall semester by issuing warning notices to encourage compliance with parking regulations. We want to provide a short grace period for finding your way around. Most tickets carry only a $25 fine meant to encourage compliance with campus parking regulations.

Q: What does the college do with the collected student parking permit fee and tickets issued?

A: The fee supports paving, re-sealing, parking lot lighting, snowplows to keep the lots clear, and more.  A parking permit helps maintain and keep lots accessible but does not guarantee or reserve a specific lot or area.

Q: I am unhappy with my parking options. I changed my mind and would prefer not to have a parking permit on campus. What can I do?

A: You may visit the Administrative Assistant in University Police to turn in your permit and receive a prorated refund.