Saint Peter, MN
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3 College Freshman

Parking: I find campus parking pricey and there are only so many spots. Some people do find off campus parking, but it's limited and usually only if you know someone in town.

3 College Junior

Parking: More students are having cars on campus, thus it is harder to find parking spots but the school is definitely working on it to make the process easier for students and faculty

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty hefty, but it is worth it because its good parking usually!

4 College Sophomore

Parking: It is very inexpensive to buy a permit and there is always a spot to park. You don't need a car on campus but it is not an inconvenience if you do.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You'll always be able to find a spot, it just may not be as close to your dorm as you want it to be.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 298th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 978th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1054th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Steven Olson
Moorhead, MN
History and Scandinavian Studies
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$210 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in a loading zone: $20
  • Parking in traffic lane or double parked: $20
  • Parking outside authorized permit area: $20
  • Non-registration: $30
  • Parking in fire lane: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Mattson Hall lots
  • Prairie View Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
On-campus students receive a red permit, and off-campus students and commuter students receive a yellow permit. Designated parking times are 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. on weekdays. Parking regulations are not enforced on the weekends.
Parking Services
Department of Campus Safety
Norelius Hall
Basement of "A" wing
(507) 933-8888
Did You Know?
Vehicles with three or more unpaid citations on record will be towed at the student's expense.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 36% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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