All students are permitted to have a car on campus, and because you are assigned specific lots to park in, finding a spot is never too hard. On weekends, it can be frustrating, because from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday, parking is pretty much a free-for-all. Make sure that you're in your assigned lot or zone because, come Sunday night, you'll be guaranteed a ticket. Campus Safety patrols the lots nightly, and they are more than eager to punish all who don't obey the parking rules.
As a general rule, the higher your class year, the better your parking spot. As a first-year, you can bet on having to park across campus, but really it's only a 10-minute walk at most, wherever you are. Come sophomore year, your permit will be more likely to match a lot close by your residence hall. As with most things, your parking privileges get better with time, so just be patient.