Tallahassee, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Its a typical college campus, parking is always hard to find even when there are many garages.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The notice of how many spots available on top of the garage is extremely helpful, especially the app because you can look it up before you head out to school to know where you should park.

2 College Junior

Parking: The parking situation at FSU has caused many problems over the years, but in my time at FSU, there has been improvements with new parking garages and lots, more overnight parking, and a paid valet service added. My major issue with parking is that many days out of the week, there will be events hosted at FSU, and oftentimes these events will have nothing to do with us as a school but are simply using our facilities to hold meetings and events, and will block off entire floors of the parking garage with no advance warning. They only ever do this with student lots, not teacher parking spaces, and it an really cause students to be late, or in some cases miss class entirely.

2 College Junior

Parking: If you live off campus and need to park on campus for class, good luck. You'll need to leave your house like an hour early.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Too many permits given for the number of spaces...


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 869th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1389th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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If you want to see an FSU student get all worked up, ask them about parking on campus. Most of the lots are full by 8:30 in the morning, and trying to get a spot after that is like looking for ice cubes in the desert. The general rule for students taking classes later in the day is to arrive at least 30 to 40 minutes ahead of time, and then be prepared to wait. FSU has taken small steps to improve the situation, but so far it hasn't been enough. Some students opt to ride bicycles, motorcycles, or scooters. They also rely on the local bus system. The school is serious about parking violations, and the tickets can be expensive. Also, unpaid fines will result not only in late fees, but also in holds being put on registration and graduation. Despite all the complaints, the school continues to drag its feet on fixing the problem.

The thing that gets most students angry is the fact that they have to pay a parking fee, but it doesn't guarantee a parking space. Most people end up circling the lots like vultures, waiting for someone to pull out so they can all scramble to fill the vacancy. The University doesn't allot spaces; it's a first-come, first-serve basis.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are more than 20 parking lots and garages on campus. About half of these are commuter lots, and the other half are open 24 hours for students living on campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Included in tuition as Transportation Access Fee
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $250
  • No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
There are no good lots. It's first come, first serve. Arrive early if you expect to have a chance at getting a spot.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Just about anywhere on campus.
Getting a Parking Permit
All students pay a transportation fee with tuition and receive one free parking permit valid for the entire school year. Visitors can park for $3.25/day or $51.75/semester. Faculty and commercial vendors pay yearly fees for their parking permits.
Parking Services
FSU Parking & Transportation
University Center Building
(850) 644-5278

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 40% Far away from the main buildings
  • 33% The Parking Garages
  • 13% I don't drive to campus
  • 7% Near the circus and football stadium
  • 4% There is one parking garage that isn't a nightmare
  • 2% Valet Parking

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 317 responses

  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 57% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 316 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 30 responses

  • 56% Just about anywhere on campus.
  • 29% Small student parking lots
  • 15% Woodward


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