Manhattan, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$20,146 ($8,047)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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College Freshman

Parking: I don't use off campus parking so I don't know!

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's OK. I just wish there were more open and free lots on campus for student parking.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Many of my friends drive and they rarely complain. Only about spots, but it's fine.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are expensive, on campus or off. The parking lots are large, but none of them are close to central campus. Tickets are expensive so don't park where you shouldn't. You really don't need a car if you live on campus, but the apartments close to campus expensive.

1 College Senior

Parking: If you live far from campus, have fun getting up extra early to attempt to find a parking spot. They fill up extremely quickly and lots are not especially close to buildings. If you park without a permit or in the wrong area, you WILL get a ticket.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1041st
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1177th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1287th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

About the only way to stay positive about the K-State parking system is to view it as a fail-safe weight-loss program. Unless you’re one of the nine juniors who elects to remain on campus for a third consecutive year or the sort of ambitious student who volunteers to serve on hall government, you’d best make sure your boots are made for walking because you’ll be doing a lot of it, no matter how pimp your ride is. Freshmen and off-campus students suffer the grimmest fates. The former are restricted to lots just barely within county lines, and the latter are obligated to arrive on campus by 8:30 a.m. for even a prayer of securing a parking spot.

There are a number of parking alternatives, none of them especially inviting. Some skirt the insanity by biking, but for students hailing from anywhere outside of Manhattan, schlepping a bike to and from KSU is a major inconvenience. Others make a point of obtaining off-campus housing within walking distance of campus but literally pay for doing so. At least one student sought recourse through his Rollerblades, but the level of pedestrian congestion probably explains why it failed to catch on. The smartest solution is simply to invest in those boots and think about all the pounds you’re shedding.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$75–$145 a year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Mutilated/damaged permit: $20
  • No parking area: $25
  • No valid permit: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Behind the tech building
  • By McCain Auditorium
  • By the old stadium
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Petticoat Lane
  • "R" lot in front of the Student Union
  • "T" lot across from Moore Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
Available to students of all years, permits can be purchased and canceled online or in person. While those issued to off-campus students are universally identical, the permits assigned to dorm residents vary in quality according to seniority, participation in hall government, and a host of other factors.
Parking Services
Parking Services
1 KSU Parking Garage
(785) 532-7275

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% On side streets near campus
  • 23% In the parking lots
  • 20% Parking garage
  • 11% By the old stadium
  • 11% Don't park on campus.
  • 3% By McCain Auditorium
  • 3% Behind the tech building
  • 3% Recreational Center parking lot

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 130 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 35% R lot in front of moore
  • 24% "R" lot in front of the Student Union
  • 12% "T" lot across from Moore Hall
  • 12% The Parking Garage By The Student Union
  • 0% Petticoat Lane

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

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