The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By JILLIAN EMERSON Staff Writer
School tuition, $5,000.
And what about parking?
Well, that all depends on which lot you park in and if you have a parking pass.
Students who drive to school and don’t have a pass will most likely need to pay the maximum daily rate, which, in lots B, C, D, E, F and G is $6.
However, those who require a more accessible lot will be faced with the maximum rate of $12 for Lot A, which is the only lot with no permit parking.
Susan McConnell, media relations adviser at Niagara College, said Lot A has the “quickest access to the very front of the college where the main entrance and information desk (is located).” This is the reason for the difference in price.
Dillon Kinnarinen, a second-year Culinary program student, said he believes all colleges and universities in the region should have the same maximum parking rate.
“But prices aren’t the only thing annoying the students,” said Kinnarinen.
“The visitor parking needs to be extended from 30 minutes to an hour. I stand in line at Tim Hortons for 15 minutes and next thing you know you see a friend and you have used all your time and have a ticket. All this because I didn’t want to pay $3 for an hour.”
When asked why and how prices are set, McConnell said: “Niagara College’s parking staff examine the parking prices at other colleges with the intent to keep our prices reasonable for students, visitors and staff. NC has one of the least expensive parking rates for post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario.”
By comparison, Brock University’s daily maximum price is $8 at the St. Catharines campus and $5 at the Hamilton campus. Sheridan College charges $10.
According to the website of Niagara College Parking Services, the “fees at Niagara College offset the costs of maintenance, winter snow clearing and construction/expansion of new lots.”