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3 College Freshman

Parking: The spots fill up quickly and the permit is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's pretty average. Come early to class or whenever and you will get a better spot.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You don't need a car, as almost everyone ELSE has one. They have free buses, a bike would get you anywhere, and even with walking, 15-17 minutes maximum from the farthest point on campus to the opposite point.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: It's ok in the sense that there seems that the most convenient parking spots giving you direct access to the academic buildings are reserved for faculty and staff with student parking far off and very limited. Other than that dorm parking is pretty amazing.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is not an absolute need for a car if living on campus. Many people have a car and can usually get you where you're going if need be, otherwise you are required to have a meal plan and do not really have to leave campus for anything. Permits are expensive about $300 and the campus cops are really quick about giving tickets that are also expensive. Depending on where your dorm is there's not always parking close.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
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?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
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

Student Polls

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 19% Bookstore Parking Garage
  • 19% Penland Parking Lot
  • 16% SUB
  • 14% Around the library
  • 10% The Student Life Center parking lot
  • 6% Any dormitory
  • 6% BSB
  • 5% Mars McLean tennis courts
  • 5% Speight Plaza Parking Garage

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 29% Anywhere after 5 p.m.
  • 15% East Village Garage
  • 15% 8th Street Parking Garage
  • 15% Garage Mahal
  • 10% Dutton Garage
  • 7% Ferrell Center
  • 7% The streets near campus
  • 2% Apartment parking lots next to business garage

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 145 responses

  • 8% 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.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 49% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 145 responses

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