Student Parking

Vehicle Registration

All motor vehicles on campus operated by students (resident and off-campus) must display a current parking decal or temporary permit.

Only juniors and seniors are allowed to have vehicles on campus.

First- and second-year students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus.

Requests for exceptions are noted below under Temporary Permits.

How to Obtain a Parking Decal

Parking permit applications for students are available online.

  • Note: If you are on campus for summer session, select TEMP STUDENT JR/SR (PER WEEK) under Permit Type. Summer decals are free of charge and there will be no billing. 
  • Instructions for filling out the application (PDF)
  • Out-of-state students: If you are a student from outside Massachusetts, the Nonresident Student Driver Statement (PDF) must be filled out, saved and emailed to parking@holycross.edu
  • After you have filled out and submitted the application, and, if applicable, your out-of-state vehicle form, the next step is to pay for your decal. Once we have received your payment and, if applicable, your out-of-state vehicle form, we will have your Holy Cross parking decal placed in your campus mailbox when it is ready. Out-of-state students will receive the additional required decal for Massachusetts as well. The mailroom will contact you per usual when you receive mail. If your decal is there, you must sign for it when you pick it up.

Fees

Fees are payable at the time of pick-up using a credit/debit card. No refunds will be issued.

  • Resident Students (you live on campus):  $225 per academic year
  • Off-Campus/Commuting Students/Daytime parking (you live off campus and want daytime parking on campus): $175 per academic year 
  • Off-Campus Students (24-hour parking) (you live off-campus but park your car on campus): $425 per academic year

Students must park in student-designated parking at all times. The parking decal must be permanently placed on the front windshield's lower left (driver's) side.

Public Safety must be notified when a replacement vehicle is brought to campus. A temporary pass will be provided, at no cost, for the duration that the vehicle is on campus.

Temporary Permits/Other Permits

Temporary parking passes may be issued in emergencies, but only for a short period of time. Passes are issued at the Public Safety office, lower level of The Jo. A valid vehicle registration and current ID card must be furnished when applying for the pass, which will be issued at the discretion of Public Safety. A fee will apply based on the number of days and will be billed to the student’s account. The maximum fee would be equivalent to $12.50 per week. 

First- and second-year students are not allowed to have vehicles on campus as part of our regular practices. 

Requests for exceptions vary greatly and can be submitted in two ways:

Zipcars are available if your exception is not granted by the college. Sign up for a ZipCar »

The Edge - For students living at the Edge the same fee schedule applies for other resident students on College Hill. The only recognized exception is allowing a Commuter Decal to park during the day. View the EDGE parking and shuttle brochure. (PDF)  

Nonresident Student Drivers

State law requires Holy Cross to post the following notice to all students who are not Massachusetts residents:

Per Section 3 of Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts general laws, it is unlawful for a nonresident student to fail to file a Nonresident Driver Statement (PDF) with the police department located in the same city or town as the school or college they attend. Failure to file such statement is punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.

Under Massachusetts law, if out-of-state students bring cars to campus, but choose not to register the car with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, then they must file a nonresident driver statement with the local police department. Regardless of whether or not they apply for on-campus parking, they are required to register as a nonresident driver. After filing the nonresident driver statement with the Transportation and Parking office, students will receive the nonresident student driver decal. This sticker is not valid for parking on College Hill or within the Worcester City Limits.

This decal must be prominently displayed in the uppermost center portion of the vehicle’s windshield. Please email the completed form to Parking@holycross.edu and we will send this required decal to your campus mailbox along with your campus parking decal.

Holy Cross students living in Worcester City limits should contact the City of Worcester’s Parking Department for information on resident parking. 

Where to Park

Resident students are required to park in student lots 3, 4, 5 or the Parking Garage on the bottom two floors (P1 & P2 - student levels). Student lot #5 is directly in front of the Luth Athletic Complex. 

Off-campus/commuter students with a "Day Student" parking decal must park in student lots 3, 4 or 5. Parking is allowed from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. There is no overnight parking for off-campus/commuter students.

Off-campus students with a 24-hour parking decal must park in student lots 3, 4, 5 or the Parking Garage on the bottom two floors (P1 & P2 - student levels).

Summer resident students must park in the student lots only. The garage is not available for student summer parking.

View the interactive map for parking locations. Due to construction, these maps may be temporarily altered on campus.

Restricted Parking

Linden Lane, Haberlin Road and O'Kane Square are restricted areas from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until noon on Saturday. 

Students are not allowed to park in these areas during these time periods. They are reserved for visitors taking tours through the Office of Admissions and for campus guests.

There is NO student parking in the Loyola lot at any time. The lot is strictly reserved for faculty and staff parking. Student parking is also not allowed on weekends or overnight. Summer resident students must park in the student lots. The parking garage is not available for student summer parking.

Towing Information

Chapter 266, section 120D of the General Laws of Massachusetts gives the College authority to have vehicles towed off campus. The owner of the vehicle or the person whose name the vehicle is registered under at the College is responsible for the towing and storage charges, which are to be paid directly to the towing company.

Vehicles are subject to being towed for:

  1. Excessive parking violations: paid or unpaid
  2. Parked in front of a fire gate: whether open or closed
  3. Parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  4. Obstructing the flow of traffic
  5. Hindering snow removal
  6. Abandoned vehicles
  7. Parked in loading zone or oil delivery zone
  8. Parked in student lots without valid parking permit
  9. Parked in a "Reserved" or "Handicap" parking space without proper authority
  10. Failure to display current parking decal
  11. Blocking interior gates to the camps or inside the interior of the campus without permission.
  12. Any situation that is deemed necessary to maintain orderly parking and traffic flow.

Tow List 

Any vehicle with a valid parking decal that receives six (6) or more tickets (paid or unpaid) during the academic year will be placed on the tow list. The vehicle will be removed from campus at the owner's expense and parking privileges may be revoked for the remainder of the academic year. Any vehicle parked in the student lots or the student levels of the garage without a valid parking decal will be towed at the owner's expense.

Penalties and Fines

Parking fines are the responsibility of the person who purchased the parking decal and registered the vehicle. All roadways are considered “fire lanes” and must be kept clear for emergency vehicles. 

Snow Removal

Resident Student Lots and Hogan Lots 1, 2, 3 

Snow removal operations begin once snow accumulates to a depth of three inches. As soon as the main roads on campus and the Hogan parking lots are cleared, students will be notified by voicemail and email to move their vehicles into the Hogan lots so that the resident lots can be cleared. Sufficient time will be given within which student vehicles must be moved. Any student having a question as to when they should move their vehicle may call Public Safety at 508-793-2224 at any time. After the student lots are cleared, students must move their vehicles back into the student lots. Failure to move back when instructed will result in a fine or removal of the vehicle at the owner's expense.

All Other Parking Areas 

Persons parking in all other areas are responsible for moving their vehicles for snow removal. Every effort will be made to clear these areas as soon as possible. Vehicles left in these lots during snow removal are subject to be towed at the owner's expense if said vehicle is deemed to be hindering snow removal.

On-Street Parking

The city of Worcester has designated most streets adjacent to the campus as "Resident Permit Required." Therefore, these streets are restricted to residents who display a city of Worcester parking permit. In addition, the city of Worcester winter parking ban on all streets is in effect in inclement weather. Visit the city of Worcester site for more information on winter parking

Citation Appeals

All appeals must be submitted online. An appeal of any citation issued for a violation of any of these regulations must be made to Public Safety within five days of the date of the violation. No appeals will be honored after the five-day time limit.

If the appeal is granted, the Bursar's Office will be notified to post a waiver to the appropriate account.

Complete the application to submit an appeal.

Contact

Email us at parking@holycross.edu.