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Review of Best Parking Spots at TJU, East Falls Edition

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Jefferson chapter.

Finding parking on college campuses is a universal struggle. At Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls, finding parking can be a tear-jerking experience. Between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, all bets are off. After 4 years of being subject to this strenuous climate, I feel I’m qualified to speak on this issue. The following is my ranking of the best to worst parking spots on campus. 

  1. Search Parking Lot

The Search parking lot is a highly sought-after spot. Not only is it central to campus but you also don’t have to worry about traffic. There is one way in and one way out and boasts about 20 spots. However, this means you’ll only have one shot at securing a spot if you’re on campus before 8:30 a.m. This parking lot’s central nature gives you access to the New Ronson, Hayward, Kanbar, and DEC within a 5-minute walk. 

  1. Downs Parking Lot 

Downs is a great second parking option. This parking lot is a lot bigger and offers more space. You can get away with getting here by 9:30 a.m. and still obtain a spot. This area does get congested but it is about a 5-minute walk to class buildings. 

  1. Parking Garage

This covered parking area most recently became an option for commuters to park their cars. I like this option because you’re able to keep your car cool during the hotter months, it takes you right into the gym and is a 5-minute walk to the main class buildings. 

  1. Independence Plaza Parking Lot

This parking lot is across the street and makes you cross Schoolhouse Lane which can be questionable at times. This parking lot is extremely long however it is really easy to see who is leaving and when because it is one long lane. 

  1. Follow Someone

This is always my last-ditch resort. All people on campus, including professors, know the struggle so rolling down your window and asking someone is always an option. I always say, “Excuse me, are you leaving?” I’ve had some people let me follow them and reserve their spot for me. 

  1. Ravenhill Parking Lot

I’ve never used this option because it is on the freshman side of campus. This walk is about 15 minutes and I just don’t have time for that. You not only have to cross Henry Ave but also Schoolhouse Lane. 

  1. Street Parking

Street parking is last on my list because it’s simply scary. Henry Ave is constantly bustling and I’ve witnessed multiple accidents such as rear-endings and scrapes from people speeding and attempting to park.

Mari Adamson

Jefferson '24

Mari is a 4th year at Jefferson University, majoring in health sciences and enrolled in the Pre-Physician's Assistant Program with a minor in Law. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and finding new places to eat. She also has a passion for photography and self-care!