While students like to complain about the increasing prices of parking permits, $210 a year is small beans in comparison to students at other schools who pay twice as much each semester—many high schools charge more than that. Permits are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, but most students do not have a problem obtaining a permit if they want one. Though parking is easier because commuters and faculty are assigned to different colored parking permit lots than residential students, some of the ideal lots can fill quickly, and don’t be surprised if you have to inconveniently park your car a few times per week. If you do decide to bring a car, it’s better to shell out the cash than to think you can park in the visitors’ lot for days on end without getting a ticket.
Campus Safety does patrol the lots, and repeat offenders will have their cars impounded. They do a good job of monitoring the lot for vandalism, as well, and they'll jumpstart your car for free! A parking permit is worth the convenience, rather than having to search out a spot on the street. Plus, during the winter, almost all street spots are in emergency snow routes where cars either have to be moved or face impoundment when city crews clear the streets.