Parking

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Chicago, IL
Undergrads
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Tuition
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2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not a parking lot for students and staff. We have to you foreign garages and lots like everyone else. There is street parking with a paybox and it's over priced per hour. Everything about Chicago is over priced. I think people still come here for the culture, vibe, and opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I use the CTA system, don't have a car

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car

3 College Freshman

Parking: Its expensive , but its there if necessary

College Freshman

Parking: No one really brings there car to school. It's inconvenient. Usually people just take the CTA.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1023rd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1204th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1395th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Hometown
Topeka, Kansas
Major
Television Writing and Producing
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Parking is expensive in the city, but always available. Though street parking is available at metered locations along the street, most visitors to Columbia's South Loop campus park their cars in paid lots located along Wabash Avenue between Congress Parkway and Roosevelt Road (600 South to 1200 South). Daily rates start at about $8. 

The one occasion when parking is not available would be move-in day for the dorms. On this busy day, come prepared to wait for up to two hours on a parking space. The best and most honest answer to the parking problem within the city is—drumroll—don't bring your car. Walk, ride your bike, or take the CTA. It'll save you money and a headache.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
No
There is not a designated student parking lot. There are several parking garages and lots around campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Columbia does not offer student permits.
Common Parking Tickets
Parking Violation: $30-$75
Getting a Parking Permit
Most students do not have parking permits, nor do they seek them out. Most students don't have cars, but if you are interested, there are parking lots on Wabash, State Street, and Michigan Avenue that offer parking passes for monthly rates.
Parking Services
Safety and Security
(312) 369-6988
ccaldwell@colum.edu
www.colum.edu/about_columbia/Visit/Parking.php
Did You Know?
There are other lots in the South Loop that offer parking: Loop Auto Park, S. Wabash Ave.; Park One, S. State St.; Park One, E. Harrison St.; Park One, S. Wabash Ave.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 114 responses

  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 41% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 19% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 1% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 90 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 50% I live in Chicago and don't drive in the city.
  • 50% Most students don't drive.
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