Parking Services and Connect Card Office
Hunt Hall, Room 001
Resident and Commuter Students
When there is an actual or anticipated snow storm, rotating yellow snow alert beacons will be activated in campus parking lots and signs will be displayed in campus residence hall lobbies. These beacons and signs are your signal that you should park ONLY in your designated lot, and that you should expect further snow parking information to become available during the alert. Designated sections of certain resident lots (Shea/Durgin Lot, Rosen Lot, Great Hill Drive Lot, Woodward Lot and the Great Hill Student Apartments Lot) have signage indicating that in the event of a snow alert the spaces must be vacated by the end of the day (11:59pm) that the snow alert is put into effect or vehicles will be ticketed and towed to allow sufficient space for initial snow removal. Cars should be moved to unrestricted spaces in any authorized lot.
During a snow alert, in addition to the designated sections of resident lots mentioned above, any vehicle parked in violation of snow alert instructions will be ticketed and may be towed without warning if Campus Police believes the vehicle's location poses a hazard to snow removal efforts. Current fine for impeding snow is $60.00. If vehicle must be towed, it is done at owner's expense at a cost of $125.00 plus $20.00 per day storage and $60.00 fine (fees subject to change).
Priority for snow clearing in parking lots will be commuter and faculty/staff lots in order to ensure that these lots are ready once the university re-opens. Resident lots will then be cleared.
Notification will typically be made through pre-recorded snow parking messages at 508-531-7765 (RSNL) and channel 71 of the ResNet cable system.
Resident students will be asked to move their cars temporarily while the resident lots are cleared. Instructions and timelines will be provided via the methods outlined above. During the winter season it is advisable for all permit holders to maintain scrapers and shovels in their vehicles to assist in moving from one lot to another and back again when the lot is cleared.
Commuter students may call the Inclement Weather Line at 508-531-1777 (or listen to the radio and television stations identified in the Inclement Weather Policy) to learn if the university will be closed.
When the University is closed commuter students are asked NOT to come on campus. If work or other commitment requires you to do so, you must contact BSU Police for parking instructions. Failure to do so may result in a ticket for impeding snow removal or towing.
For more information, please refer to the "Inclement Weather Policy" on the university web page: http://www.bridgew.edu/AdminFin/weather.cfm.
Q: I'm a night student and on campus only after 4 p.m. Do I need a decal?
A: Yes. All vehicles on campus must display a valid parking decal or pass while parked on campus. The only time decals are not required are on weekends from 4 p.m. Friday - 6 p.m. Sunday.
Q: What should I do if my original decal is on a car I sold, or that vehicle is no longer on the
A: If possible, scrape the old decal off your vehicle and bring it to the Parking Services & Connect Card Office where you'll complete a form to obtain a new decal. You'll be issued a replacement decal at no charge for your next vehicle. Your old decal will be voided in the university's computer system.
Q: My car has a decal, but it's being repaired. Can I borrow someone else's car for a few days and keep that one
A: Yes, you can keep a borrowed car on campus, however you need to come to the Parking Services & Connect Card Office or the BSU Police Department to obtain a temporary parking pass at no charge.
Q: I don't normally have a car on campus, but I just need to bring one for the week. Can I get a temporary
A: Yes. For upper class or commuter students who don't have a vehicle with a decal, temporary parking passes can be purchased from the Parking Services & Connect Card Office for $5 per week.
Q: My doctor says I can't walk long distances; can I park in handicapped parking?
A: No. Drivers are only allowed to park in handicapped parking if they have handicapped plates or an appropriate handicap permit. If you have a health concern that limits your ability to walk to and from campus buildings, bring documentation from your health care provider to the Health Services Office in Tillinghast Hall. If your request is approved by Health Services, the Parking Services & Connect Card Office will issue you a pass to park in specifically defined areas.
Q: A friend is visiting my residence hall. Can he/she park his/her car on campus?
A: Yes. Visitors are welcome on campus. Daytime visitors may stop by the Parking Services and Connect Card office for a visitor pass. After 4:00 no pass is needed but visitor must park in the Swenson Lot.
Please observe the parking regulations that are outlined in this guide. They are in effect at all times, year-round, and are strictly enforced. Although the university tries not to implement changes in the middle of the academic year, sometimes it is unavoidable. Please refer to our website http://www.bridgew.edu/PSCC/ for updated info through the year.
All vehicles that are parked on campus must display a parking pass or decal, except during weekends, at 15-30 minute spaces (see short-term parking), and within handicapped parking spaces with an appropriate permit displayed. Campus community members receive parking decals and short-term visitors receive temporary passes.
Parking decals must be permanently affixed to the outside of the vehicle's rearmost driver's side window. If you drive a vehicle that does not have a rear driver's side window (such as a jeep or a convertible) you may affix your decal to the driver's side bottom corner of the front windshield. Decals do not guarantee a parking space. Decals are not transferable. Replacement decals can be obtained through the Parking Services and Connect Card Office. There is a $10.00 fee for lost decals.
Students: Students are charged a yearly parking fee, which is included on the college bill. The decal cost for part-time students taking 8 or fewer credits is $80.00 for the year. The cost for full-time students taking 9 or more credits is $195.00 for the year. The charge will be on your bill. The BSU refund policy is followed when requesting a refund. Please check with the Parking Services and Connect Card Office for more information.
Freshman resident students (any student living on campus who has not earned at least 24 credits) are not allowed to purchase a parking decal or bring a car to campus. Freshman Resident Students who park a car on campus in violation of this policy are subject to ticketing and/or towing of the vehicle. Any resident student who has earned 24 credits or more is eligible to purchase a parking decal.
Resident students who have earned 24 credits or more are eligible to purchase a parking decal. Resident students are not permitted to have more than one decal at any one time. If you need to switch your decal from one vehicle to another, please turn in your previous decal to the Parking Services and Connect Card Office in order to obtain a replacement decal.
Non-matriculated students and students participating in special programs and summer session courses are also required to obtain decals. Please contact the Parking Services & Connect Card Office for more information.
Faculty and Staff: Members of the faculty and staff of the university are required to apply for a parking permits upon obtaining employment and thereafter at two-year intervals. Decals are provided at no charge. There is a limit of 1 active decals per employee and decals are for the exclusive use of employees only.
Graduate Assistants who can show they have an assistantship are eligible to apply for a graduate assistant decal. Decal is renewable each semester in which the person has an assistantship.
Visitors: Single-day passes may be obtained from the Parking Services and Connect Card Office during business hours, from Parking Lot Monitors at the Boyden, Harrington, Chapel and Moakley lots; and from the BSU Police Dispatcher when the Parking Services and Connect Card Office is closed.
Multiple-day passes are available through the Parking Services & Connect Card Office. A small charge may be required.
15-30 minute parking spaces are available in the Boyden Lot and other locations for short-term parking. Overtime parking at these spaces are strictly enforced.
Vehicles parked in the following areas are regularly ticketed and/or towed without prior warning:
*Students parking in faculty/staff lots.
* Parking outside of designated lots.
*Handicap parking spaces unless an authorized plate/placard/permit is displayed.
*Fire lanes, tow zones or other posted "no parking" areas. This includes obstructing any means of egress from any building, driveway or loading area.
*Reserved spaces (all times, year round).
*On the grass or any other unlined area.
*Any area that blocks vehicle or pedestrian access.
*Roads through and around the campus except where clearly indicated.
*Overtime parking at designated short-term parking spaces.
*Incurring 5 (or more) unpaid parking violations.
*Violating snow alert procedures and/or impeding snow removal.
*Any designated construction area.
*On sidewalks and walkways.
The university may take administrative enforcement action against repeat violators and parking privileges may be suspended or revoked. Unpaid parking violation notices are subject to action by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
For the complete Traffic and Parking Rules and Regulations of Bridgewater State University please click here.
If you feel that you were wrongly issued a parking violation notice, you may submit a written appeal along with the original ticket within 21 calendar days from the date of issue. Appeal forms are obtainable at the BSU Police Station, from Parking Lot Monitors, and in the Parking Services & Connect Card Office, Hunt Hall, and Room 10.
University tickets are green and Town of Bridgewater tickets are orange. Written appeals may be submitted with the original ticket to the Ticket Appeals Clerk in Hunt Hall, Room 10 and town tickets may be submitted to the Town of Bridgewater Parking Clerk. To appeal moving violations, contact BSU Campus Police.
The BSU Police Department offers a Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P.). Officers are available to assist members of the BSU community who are experiencing car trouble. Simple-to-use "Jump & Carry" battery packs are available at the BSU Police station as well as at Parking Lot Monitor booths and can be used to jump-start a dead car battery. Officers are also available to assist with keys locked in cars, to provide transport to area service stations and to assist motorists in contacting tow companies, family members and/or auto clubs.
If your vehicle is disabled please contact the BSU Police as soon as possible to prevent ticketing/towing and for information on what to do. Any vehicle found without a valid license plate, registration or insurance or showing signs of non-use will be considered abandoned and subject to removal from college property. All expenses incurred in the removal of an unregistered, uninsured or abandoned vehicle will become the responsibility of its owner. The owner of any vehicle so removed shall also be subject to penalties under the General Laws of the Commonwealth.
Shuttle Bus: Bridgewater State University Transit Service operates free-fare bus service from 7 am - 8 pm. This service includes three daily round trips to Shaw's Plaza in Brockton (via Rt. 28). There is also connecting service available for the greater Brockton area at Shaw's. For more information on connecting bus information call BAT at (508) 580-1170. For BSC Shuttle Service contact the Transit Office at (508) 531-1319 or visit the Transit web page at www.bridgew.edu/transportation. Bus stops locations are designated on the campus map.
Campus Safety Escort Service: The safety escort program operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. nightly during the academic year in order to provide a safe alternative to walking alone on campus during peak hours of darkness. You may "flag down" a Safety Escort van, call via a "blue light" phone, or call 531-1745 to have the van dispatched to your location.
Carpooling: To encourage carpooling, the college has made a section of the Chapel Lot available where two or more students who commute together can park free of charge. Carpool applications are available in the Parking Services & Connect Card Office. You must follow the rules and regulations outlined on the application to carpool. There is a limit to the number of carpool permits issued, and they are distributed on a first-come, first serve basis. Carpooling is available Monday-Friday, from 7 am-4 pm. Resident students and evening students are not eligible for carpool permits. Carpooling is not available during the summer.
MassRIDES is available to assist in carpooling and vanpooling by ride matching. MassRIDES is a service provided by the Commonwealth of MA that provides statewide travel options. For more information and an application, please call 1.888.4COMMUTE or visit www.commute.com.
MBTA: Access to the Old Colony Commuter Rail line is available at Bridgewater State University. The commuter rail provides service between Middleboro and South Station with stops in Brockton, Randolph, Braintree, Quincy Center and at JFK/UMASS. The commuting time between Bridgewater and Boston is approximately 50 minutes. For more information, call the MBTA customer service line at (800) 392-6100 or log onto www.MBTA.com. The MBTA parking lot adjacent to the university's Lower Great Hill lot is for paying MBTA commuter rail passengers only.
Parking lots at Bridgewater State University are regularly patrolled by the BSU Police. Please call the Bridgewater State University Police Department with information about any and all suspicious activity.
Please notify the BSU Police Department or the Facilities Department at 531-1296 if hazardous walking or driving conditions exist.
There are a number of "blue light" assistance phones in college parking lots and throughout the campus. These speaker-type phones connect with the BSU Police Dispatcher and are available to report suspicious activity, call for assistance or to request a safety escort. Telephones with keypads may also be used to make brief on-campus calls. The locations of these phones are designated with stars on the university map.
Please remember to park only in fully lined, unrestricted parking spaces as designated below.
Faculty and Staff Parking Areas
The Hunt Hall, Boyden Hall, Harrington Hall, Art Center, Science Building, Chapel, Moakley, Burnell Hall, Children's Center and the Tinsley lots are designated for vehicles with valid Faculty/Staff *parking decals.
*Also included in this category are Trustee, Foundation Trustee, Emeritus, Alumni, and Contractor permits.
Commuter & Special Program Student Parking Areas
7 a.m. - 12 a.m.: The Spring Street, Hooper Street,Swenson Field Lots and Parking Garage are designated for vehicles with valid commuter parking permits. These lots may be used from 7 a.m. - 12 a.m. daily. Overnight parking for vehicles with commuter decals is permitted in the Swenson Field Lot.
4 p.m. - midnight Hunt, Boyden, Harrington, West Campus, Moakley, and Burnell lots.
Please note, the Tinsley lot and Art Center Lot are for faculty/staff only. They are not available for commuters at any time.
*Also included in this category are Special Program decals.
Resident Student Parking Areas
The Woodward Hall, Shea/Durgin,Tower and the Apartments lot are designated for vehicles with valid resident parking decals.
Parking is available in the Harrington lot for Admissions office visitors. Please stop at the parking attendant booth to obtain a parking pass and for specific instructions.
Parking for all other visitors is available in the Moakley lot and West Campus lot. Please stop at the parking attendant booth or the Parking Services and Connect Card Office to obtain a temporary parking pass and for specific instructions. Visitors with special needs should contact the Parking Services and Connect Card Office for assistance.
A parking decal is available for frequent visitors of the university. Please contact the Parking Services and Connect Card Office for more information about obtaining a visitor decal. Parking for vehicles with valid visitor decals is in the West Campus and in the Moakley lot.
Overnight visitor parking is permitted from Sunday evening through Thursday evening. A temporary parking pass is required. On weekends from 4 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday parking is permitted in all commuter, resident and faculty/staff lots without a parking decal or temporary pass.
Vendor Parking Areas
A parking decal is available to those who work at the college frequently, but who are not regular BSU employees. Vendor parking is in the Moakley and West Campus lots.
During the summer months parking regulations are in effect, therefore parking decals are required and commuters are not allowed to park in Faculty/Staff lots until after 4 pm.
Resident student decals are honored in commuter lots and commuter student decals are honored in resident lots during the summer.
Last Modified: September 5, 2012