The NECI campus is integrated into the Montpelier community; student housing and classroom buildings are within about a mile and a half of downtown Montpelier. Most students choose to walk, as the NECI residence halls areclose to downtown classrooms and the National Life Campus. Due to limitations for parking during the winter (November to April), it is important for students to understand the City of Montpelier’s parking policies before making a decision to bring a personal vehicle to school. NECI does not provide inter-campus transportation, though local bus service may be available.
All students who bring vehicles to school must register them with NECI. Registration with Student Services. is available at Orientation. Additionally, students who bring personal vehicles with them to NECI must carry all legal minimums for auto insurance as mandated by the state in which the vehicle is registered. If students choose to use their automobiles to transport others, they should understand that they (and their insurance company) are assuming the liability for any claim or damage arising from that use. Students who work as employees of NECI should understand that use of a personal vehicle for transportation is not covered under any NECI liability or damage coverage, but rather would fall under the coverage provided by the student’s own insurance policy.
Parking is limited at all facilities and student cooperation is important. Students considering bringing a car to campus should be aware that on-campus parking (including parking at the Residence Halls) may not be available. At La Brioche, 7 School Street, or NECI on Main, students must rely on public street parking or paid public lots within Montpelier; off-street parking is not provided. Parking at National Life is permitted in designated areas only. Students living in campus housing will find that there is sufficient parking on College Street, East State Street, and around the College Green. In fact, most of the Montpelier side streets have free parking as long as there are no posted signs that specify residential parking permit only. Motorbikes and motorcycles may not be parked in buildings. Designated accessible parking spots for those with disabilities are reserved for vehicles with appropriate identification. Students requiring an accessible parking spot should contact the Learning Services Coordinator.
Safe and responsible operation of your vehicle is expected at all times. Please take into consideration neighborhood children and other residents and help to avoid complaints about safety concerns, noise, or parking. The speed limit in the immediate vicinity of student housing is 10 mph. Repairs, oil changes, and tune-ups are not permitted on NECI property. Residents are reminded to take the necessary precautions against theft. Continued non-compliance with rules regarding vehicles or parking may result in ticketing or towing. Residents are expected to communicate parking regulations to their guests.
From November 15 to April 1, parking is allowed overnight on city streets, except when the City Manager calls for a Winter Parking Ban due to weather or snow removal activities (City ordinance Sec. 10-713.) When a Winter Parking Ban is in effect, parking will be prohibited between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 AM on all city streets.
A Winter Parking Ban may be declared when a predicted weather event or planned snow removal activities will require City Public Works crews to have clear access to the streets and sidewalks as determined by the Street Supervisor and City Manager. Every effort will be made to notify residents of a Winter Parking Ban by 6:00 PM.
If you do not move your car, it may be ticketed and towed to allow Public Works staff to plow or salt the roads. Failure to move your car may result in a $15 ticket and a $65 towing charge. Bob’s Sunoco on River Street is the City’s contracted tow company.
To determine if a Winter Parking Ban is in effect, you may use one of the resources below:
Students parked on the street will be required to park in the designated areas at Stone Cutters Way and in the Pitkin Parking Lot behind City Hall. A map of these locations can be found at www.montpelier-vt.org.
When available, Montpelier provides public parking lots that students may use. Student cars parked in areas other than those designated may be towed without warning and at the owner’s expense. Please park in an orderly fashion so as to use limited space efficiently. In the winter, the cooperation of everyone will be expected in order to minimize problems with snow plowing and snow banks. You will also need to consider winterizing your car. You need good tires, a good battery, and a radiator capable of sustaining temperatures to -40° Fahrenheit.
Safe and responsible operation of your vehicle is expected at all times. Please take neighborhood children and other residents into consideration and help to avoid complaints about safety concerns, noise, or parking. The speed limit in the immediate vicinity of student housing is 10 mph. Repairs, oil changes, and tune-ups are not permitted on NECI property. Residents are reminded to take the necessary precautions against theft. Continued non-compliance with rules regarding vehicles or parking may result in ticketing or towing. Residents are expected to communicate parking regulations to their guests.