Parking

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Waco, TX
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Tuition
$33,716
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There was already a lack of space but now its going to be worse with the new stadium.

3 College Freshman

Parking: One thing that is good about Baylor parking is that you can park anywhere on campus marked student parking, which is not common at many large universities. You pay for the parking pass and from 8-5, you can park anywhere marked student. After 5pm, you can park in staff parking too. Just make sure your car is moved out of staff by the next morning. Baylor police are quick to ticket and will tell you to keep moving over their loud speaker if you pull over to pick up a friend (we all just do it anyway). Tickets are usually $25 for parking violations and they get billed straight to your parents. A car is not necessary if you live on campus because so many people have them. If you have the option to bring a car however, bring it because it gives you freedom if you need to run to the store. Many people who live off-campus do not live within walking distance so a car may be helpful for friends or parties. Parking spaces can always be found but they may not be super close to your location unless you get there early.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Baylor is an absolute nightmare. Plus the fees are outrageous.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is rarely any parking on campus, and it costs $300 dollars for the year. Parking sucks.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a major issue on campus. The fees are extremely high with very little parking space. Not to mention the Parking Services who will ticket everything.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 628th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1289th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1315th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
Hometown
San Antonio, TX
Major
Environmental Studies
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The only reason parking at Baylor is considered so awful and difficult is because some prime lots are right next to buildings that people spend the majority of their days in. That said, if you live a few blocks off campus, get a bike, or just leave a little earlier. The campus isn’t big enough to warrant all the cars competing for the same spots, because you can walk across the entire thing in roughly ten minutes. If you live way off campus, drive to the Ferrell Center and take the trolley, or park in one of the garages. Most cars belonging to on-campus students don’t move for the majority of the week. Parking also gets troublesome when it’s raining, but generally, if you’re a little patient and into cardio, you won’t need to drive to campus.

Fighting traffic at peak time periods is ridiculous. If you live a block or two, or even five, from campus, you’ll be able to walk there faster than you can drive. Traffic blocks up all along Bagby, University Parks Drive, and Eighth Street during peak hours. The biggest drawback is that the number of parking stickers is unlimited, so there are a lot more students competing for a minimum number of spots. After about 3 p.m., you’ll never have trouble finding a spot, but really, the only reason the parking situation is so absurd is because students want to park right outside their dorm room windows, or drive straight into the building lobby where their first class is located!

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$225
Common Parking Tickets
  • Backed in position: $10
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Fraudulent use of decal: $25
  • Handicapped zone: $150
  • Invalid/no decal: $35
  • No parking zone: $20
  • On grass, lawn, driveway or sidewalk: $20
  • Reserved faculty/maintenance areas: $20
  • Visitors area: $10
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Dutton Garage
  • Ferrell Center
  • The parking lot across the street from Collins on 8th Street
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Speight Plaza Parking Garage
  • Bookstore Parking Garage
  • Around the library
  • Engineering, music, and telecommunication Buildings
  • Mars McLean tennis courts
  • Any dormitory
  • SUB
  • The Student Life Center parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
It is very easy to get a parking permit, but it doesn’t guarantee you a spot. To get the permit, go to the Fourth Street Parking Garage and into the DPS office on the first floor, or if you are a registered student, request a decal online from the DPS Web site. If you go at the beginning of the year, you will probably have to stand in line. Have your vehicle registration and your license plate number ready. Decals must be renewed yearly in August.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
Speight Plaza Garage on South Fourth St. and Speight Ave.
(254) 710-2222
www.baylor.edu/DPS

Student Polls

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 17% Penland Parking Lot
  • 16% Bookstore Parking Garage
  • 16% Around the library
  • 12% The Student Life Center parking lot
  • 12% SUB
  • 10% BSB
  • 8% Any dormitory
  • 5% Mars McLean tennis courts
  • 3% Speight Plaza Parking Garage

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 27% Anywhere after 5 p.m.
  • 17% East Village Garage
  • 16% 8th Street Parking Garage
  • 14% Garage Mahal
  • 10% Ferrell Center
  • 8% Dutton Garage
  • 6% The streets near campus
  • 2% Apartment parking lots next to business garage

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 151 responses

  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 48% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 152 responses

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  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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