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1 College Freshman

Parking: the parking officers are so strict and they are awful

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: I never park at campus. my mom drops me off on one of the side streets and i walk in.

3 College Junior

Parking: It is convenient. Nothing special. I avoid the parking lots when I can to avoid going in circles in parking lots.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Could be better, but good enough for most people to have a spot.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Very few spots. They need a new parking structure.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 887th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1051st
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1108th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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Parking is not a problem for students who live on campus because they get an on-campus resident parking permit, allowing them to park in all the lots on campus. They are also guaranteed a parking spot in the closest lot or structure to their residence building.

Once a student moves off campus, he or she has to purchase a commuter permit, which only allows them to park in Lastinger Structure. Since the majority of upperclassmen live off campus, they are usually all fighting for the same parking spots. As a result, students who live close to campus usually walk or bike to avoid parking at all. Students are automatically charged annually for an on-campus resident permit, but if they do not have a car or live off campus, they can easily waive this fee online.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students with a Chapman parking permit can park in the Lastinger Structure under the football field, Knott Studios parking lot at Dodge College, Barrera Lot on Sycamore and Lemon avenues, Pralle-Sodaro underground parking area under Pralle-Sodaro residence hall, the Jim Miller Structure next to Glass Hall, and the New Residence Center Hall parking area under the Sandhu Residence Center.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$280 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in a lot without a permit: $40
  • Reckless driving: $85
  • Unlawfully parking in a handicapped space: $350
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Dodge College parking lot
  • Jim Miller Structure
  • Barrera Lot
  • Walnut Avenue in front of the dorms
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Argyros Lot
  • Center Street
  • Pralle-Sodaro Underground Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Students are automatically billed for a parking permit and can register their car online. Parking permits are available for pickup two weeks before the start of every semester.
Parking Services
Parking Services
Public Safety Office
415 N. Glassell
(714) 997-6763

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 92 responses

  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 38% Trying to find a spot 5min before class? Good luck
  • 23% Jim Miller Structure
  • 15% Dodge College parking lot
  • 15% Barrera Lot
  • 8% None
  • 0% Walnut Avenue in front of the dorms

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 87 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 31% Pralle-Sodaro Underground Lot
  • 25% Argyros Lot
  • 25% Lashinger Parking lot can get full - time it right
  • 19% Center Street
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