Parking is definitely every student’s sore spot. Permits to legally park on campus are $90 a quarter, which is ridiculously expensive. Student parking lots are always full, and even the “close” lots, such as J or F, are still at least a ten-minute walk to class.
CPP built a brand-new six-story parking structure to try to help with the crisis. Although it helped slightly, it hasn’t made a big enough dent to satisfy students. In order to find a semblance of a close spot, a student would have to be at campus for a class at 8 a.m. or earlier. Parking is especially difficult on Tuesdays and Thursdays, since most students attend classes these days. In the afternoon, it is common that a student will circle a parking lot for a half hour before finding an available spot.
Don’t panic if a car slowly follows you as you walk to your car—students often stalk other students in parking lots in order to lay advance claim to their spot! Some students, in an effort to avoid paying for a parking pass, park off campus along nearby streets, such as Temple or Valley. Parking off campus will take a minimum of 20 minutes to walk to class, though, and isn’t the best idea if your class doesn’t get out until late at night.
Two options are your best bet. One is to drive to school with a friend to partake in Rideshare. Rideshare allows you to park in designated spots that are closer to campus and is in effect until 3 p.m. every day. Option two is to get to school early, park in one of the more distant lots, such as B or K, and take the Bronco Shuttle to class.