Parking Policy Summary

Menlo College Campus MapParking on Campus

In order to be able to maintain the housing and academic facilities needed to allow Menlo College to continue to thrive, the College must impose parking restrictions. We ask all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to adhere to the College’s rules and regulations in order to ensure adequate parking. Campus Security enforces these policies at all times.

Parking is available in four primary lots along the perimeter of the campus, as indicated in the map shown here.

Parking Permits

All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with the college by filling out a registration form online.  Registrations must take place annually, for the period August 1 through July 31 of each year. Light trucks, cars, and motorcycles may all be parked on campus, but only one permit per individual is allowed. Thus, for example, if you own a car and a light truck, you will be able to park only one of the two vehicles on campus.

After completing the form online and obtaining Business Office clearance, the driver of the vehicle must go to the campus Post Office with a valid Menlo College ID to pick up the permit. Permits must be displayed on your vehicle at all times while parked on campus. Failure to display a permit will not absolve the vehicle owner and/or operator from fines incurred from parking without the display of a permit.

Eligible students can obtain parking permits for designated student parking areas on campus. Note that cars bearing student permits parked in designated faculty/staff parking areas will be ticketed and/or towed.

Menlo College students residing in campus housing are not permitted to bring cars to campus for the duration of their freshman year (fall and spring semesters). Additional information about the freshmen parking restrictions is available.

Restricted Parking Areas

A limited number of parking spaces on campus are reserved for express purposes, such as areas marked as fire lanes, spaces for Zipcars, electric car recharging, loading zones, and handicapped access. Parking in any of these areas at any time without authorization will result in a citation and/or immediate towing; in addition, the town of Atherton will issue citations for all handicap and fire lane violations. Other areas on campus are restricted for staff resident-only or faculty/staff-only parking, as indicated.

If you have a temporary or permanent disability or medical condition that necessitates the use of a vehicle, we suggest you apply for a handicapped placard from your home state or from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have a temporary disability, the Student Affairs office will assist in determining your needs, including making a determination about the need for a vehicle on campus.


While all parking lots are lighted and patrolled by a security officer, the following are suggestions to keep you and your property as safe as is reasonably possible:

  • Make sure your vehicle is secured at all times; doors should be locked, windows closed, and alarm activated if available
  • Your vehicle must be registered with the Security Office
  • If you are going to your vehicle late at night, do not walk alone; walk with friends or call the Security Office at 650.400.5837 for a walking escort

No Liability

Menlo College provides space for parking. No bailment is created, and the College is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, vehicles or their contents.

Falsifying information

Anyone who obtains a parking permit by providing falsified information, including the attempt to purchase a permit for someone under false premises, will have parking privileges revoked and may face disciplinary action.