Parking

Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is free on campus, but it's basically a fight to the death to get a spot. The on campus police constantly give out tickets which sucks because sometimes students have no choice but to park somewhere they're not supposed to. You don't really need a car because there is on campus and public transportation.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: The ticket you so much and it is really hard to find a convenient parking spot.

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2 College Senior

Parking: No spots, garages fill up quickly, having to drive to another garage before class, waiting in lines for an hour or so. I don't have a car so I can avoid all of this. Everyone I know who has a car complains about parking.

2 College Junior

Parking: You have to have a parking pass, which is free, but parking spots usually fill up by 10:00 AM and students are very disrespectful to other students cars so it is never a surprise if there is a scratch or a dent on your car.

4 College Student

Parking: Well, I don't drive to campus. Not until 1 more year. But, from what I've heard from many friends, the permit costs, and ticketing and fines policies are strict. There always seems to be extra parking spaces too.

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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
Hometown
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?
Yes
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?
Yes
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
C-5406
(850) 644-5278
www.parking.fsu.edu

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 25% The Parking Garages
  • 25% Far away from the main buildings
  • 13% I don't drive to campus
  • 11% Near the circus and football stadium
  • 7% Valet Parking
  • 6% There is one parking garage that isn't a nightmare
  • 5% From what I hear it's absolutely terrible
  • 5% Parking is just an absolute nightmare.
  • 1% Wildwood parking garage.
  • 1% Convenient parking

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 324 responses

  • 6% 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 325 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 45 responses

  • 42% Just about anywhere on campus.
  • 28% Small student parking lots
  • 17% Woodward
  • 7% Traditions Parking Garage
  • 7% Parking is just an absolute nightmare.

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