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How can freshman, in specific schools, manage to have a car?

dreamingdreaming Registered User Posts: 563 Member
edited March 2005 in College Life
well, as it says on the title, how can freshman, in some schools where students are NOt allowed to have a car, manage to have/drive a car?
(i think most of ivies and top tier schools prevent freshmen from having a car)

i heard lots of people do have, even my princeton interview said he did have even though he was not allowed. (but didnt tell me specifically how)

I like to hear lots of opinion
i am thinking about getting a car(i've never had a car)
and.. should I get it now? or wait until what a college i will be enrolled (perhaps cuz schools have different policies)
and of course, if there are pretty decent ways to keep a car, and it's common practices, i guess i can just get a car now, and bringing to a college

thanks in advances.
Post edited by dreaming on

Replies to: How can freshman, in specific schools, manage to have a car?

  • im_blueim_blue Registered User Posts: 2,142 Senior Member
    You just need someone else to buy a parking permit for you.
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Registered User Posts: 7,239 Senior Member
    Tell them you have to go 45 minutes away for church/temple/whatever.

    I'm trying to figure out how to get my car on campus next year, as sophs here can't have them either.
  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,137 Senior Member
    The prohibition against having a car is actually a prohibition against purchasing an on-campus parking permit. If you have a place to park it off-campus, you can have a car. Also, colleges usually have some exceptions to the prohibition -- e.g., they often allow freshman whose parents live nearby to avoid both the requirement of staying in a dorm and the parking permit prohibition.
  • Sookunfyooz3dSookunfyooz3d Registered User Posts: 214 Junior Member
    Ok...many freshmen here have made it around the rule.
    Sick family member
    Live over 500 miles away
    Off campus job
    etc.....there are some insane reasons students can have their cars
  • dreamingdreaming Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    thanks guys. does anyone actually do this right now?? (i think i will use the church excuse.. :-)
  • dreamingdreaming Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    another important question, i think;

    how do other freshmen or upper classmates think of a freshman having and driving a car by cracking the system??

    (i just came to a thought that they might think of it as rich/snabby/preppy kinda act. oh and I am not near a rich at all, i worked my butt off for ever to save my money)

    since it might be really depend on what schools you're going to, please tell me what school you're attending or attended.
  • joevjoev - Posts: 2,924 Senior Member
    Why would anyone go to a college where they don't let you have access to a car? How would you drive to the store or go on a road trip? My experiences at most colleges is that Freshman and Sophmores can have cars, but they usually have to park them at a far away location.
  • dreamingdreaming Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    well joev, in fact most of ivies(if not all) and lots of top tier schools does discourage freshmen to have a car. and some even doesn't allowed freshmen to have one.

    i guess it's a case since those schools are in cities or places where public transportation is usable.
  • joevjoev - Posts: 2,924 Senior Member
    I could see at places like Columbia and Harvard which are in big cities and parking is non-existant anyways. But do places like Cornell and Dartmouth which are in the middle of freaking nowhere not allow certain students to have cars? What do these people do for fun with no car?
  • ellafuntellafunt Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    at cornell, and even brown, you can just park it on a street.
  • dreamingdreaming Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    one big dumb question ; what schools discourage(or disallow) a freshman from having a car

    Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT
  • anoviceanovice Registered User Posts: 1,376 Senior Member
    I think MOST schools(upper tier) won't allow or discourage kids from having cars their freshman and even sometimes their sophomore year.

    ... I think it's really dumb and I intend on having a car all four years and just paying some person to allow me to park somewhere. I enjoy road trips to see friends and such are nearby colleges and I can't see this being limited by a stupid regulation. Also, I can argue for medical reasons because I have to go to the hospital every two weeks for bloodwork and shots and its a PITA to get a taxi or public transportation. We'll see but most high schoolers have cars or have access to cars these days so why shouldn't college kids.

  • dreamingdreaming Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    anovice, how did you get a parking lot?? and how far is that??

    and i thought if a freshman has a solid reason, s/he's allowed get a parking space in a campus (like your medical situation sounds solid)
  • anoviceanovice Registered User Posts: 1,376 Senior Member
    dreaming... notice the "I intend" :) I'm not in college currently but I know MANY friends that have found parking off campus. Whether some friend of a friend or just a lot offering spaces for rent it can't be that hard(unless you're in a big city and then it could be a nightmare)... I will wait to see where I end up going(I'm a senior) and then decide if I need to exercise my health "excuse".

    ...hope that clears it up a bit!
  • im_blueim_blue Registered User Posts: 2,142 Senior Member
    Stanford does not allow freshmen to buy a parking permit.
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