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1 College Junior

Parking: There are parking garages, but they cost $8.50 everyday, unless you pay for a permit. Otherwise street parking is unbearable, because the free parking is always taken, so paying is a must.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It has it's perks poor parking, but less commute.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Close to classes and dorms but very expensive. Finding parking on the streets can be impossible at certain times of the day.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I do normally see open spots at certain times throughout the day, but there are busy times where parking spots are full.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Living in the city, it is always hard to find parking, especially parking that is close to your desired destination. Meter-maids will not and do not hesitate to give you a ticket. However, the need for a car is not necessarily needed but it is convenient during the cold winter days.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 997th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1174th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1352nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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To say parking is a problem at DePaul also means parking is a problem in Chicago. Student parking is available at DePaul, but it's pretty expensive when compared to traditional schools. A small number of students say they have very little difficulty parking, but a large majority will definitely deter attempting it. The issues with parking in Chicago are many, and while Lincoln Park is one of the easier locations to try to find a spot due to its many residential streets, there is a certain unpredictability to parking violations that results in getting more tickets than you would like. It's also difficult to know where you can park, especially with the fluctuating street cleaning schedules and changing weather patterns. And, usually, these changes are not well advertised.

When visiting DePaul, be sure to bring a roll of quarters. Current Chicago Parking meters only accept credit cards and quarters, with average rates of $1.25 an hour. Practice your parallel parking unless you want to use the DePaul parking garages, where discounted rates are available with validation or student ID. Paying for a year-round parking permit, either from DePaul or the city of Chicago, is very expensive, especially when combined with the cost of gas in Chicago (Lincoln Park is home to one of the most expensive gas stations in the country). Parking on or around campus also puts your car at risk of theft or getting vandalized—neither of which is very common but not unheard of either. If you want to bring your car to campus, you need to be aware of the risks, and the cons often don’t come close to outweighing the benefits.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Lot A is on Fullerton and Racine, F is on Kenmore, and L is on Sheffield and Montana. There are also two large pay-by-the-hour parking garages: one attached to Clifton-Fullerton Hall and another attached to Centennial Hall. There's also a smaller garage affiliated with Sanctuary housing.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $380 a year for 24-hour parking in the Sheffield Garage or Clifton Parking Decl
  • $790 a year for the Sanctuary Garage
Common Parking Tickets
  • Too far from the curb: $25
  • Expired meter: $50
  • Parking while street cleaning or special event signs are posted: $50
  • Permit-only area without a permit: $60
  • Time-restricted area: $60
  • Fire lane: $150
  • Blocking a driveway or alley: $150
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • North Clifton
  • West Belden
  • West Fullerton
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Within three to five blocks of wherever it is you're trying to go.
  • The entire city of Chicago is one large parking mess. You have to be patient everywhere.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permit applications are available on DePaul's website, and the permit can be obtained with a student ID. There are separate permits for the weekdays and the weekends. However, even if you have a permit, you are not guaranteed a spot, so it's probably a better idea to just try your luck with the free parking along a number of the residential streets around campus.
Parking Services
Lincoln Park Campus Parking Services
Schmitt Academic Center, Room 177
2320 N. Kenmore Ave.
(773) 325-7275

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 128 responses

  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 34% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 126 responses

Very poor
  • 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 10 responses

  • 29% North Clifton
  • 24% West Fullerton
  • 24% West Belden
  • 24% Racine

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 88% Kenmore
  • 12% Everywhere
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