Parking spaces ready for double cohort

Carleton’s parking rates are up to 50 percent lower than other universities, and among the lowest in Ontario. This trend will continue, even as the University creates more spaces to deal with increased demand from the double cohort.

The University’s safety department is adding 200 student and 75 visitor parking spaces, located throughout the campus, complimenting its inventory of 3,300 spaces. University officials are confident this will provide sufficient parking to accommodate any increased need from the extra 1,100 first-year students arriving in September. In total, Carleton expects to welcome 5,700 first-year students.

Brian Billings, Community Safety Co-ordinator for the Department of University Safety, reassures staff and students enough spaces exist to meet the potential demand spike.

“Currently, there is excess capacity during the day as students come and go,” says Billings. “We have a lot of unused capacity.” He emphasized the situation will be carefully monitored throughout the year.

Several factors are working in the University’s favour. Statistically, most first-year students do not drive cars to campus. This particular age group is also the subject of Ontario’s graduated licensing program, which places strict restrictions on their driving options.

The monthly rate for student permits is approximately $22 per month. Good value when compared to similar parking designations offered at other institutions: University of Western Ontario ($29); Algonquin College ($59); Queen’s University ($41.98); and the University of Ottawa ($103.04).

To ensure fair pricing, Billings says his department continually benchmarks Carleton’s rates against other Ontario universities.

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