Parking

Location
Kent, OH
Undergrads
18,378
Tuition (in-state)
$17,632 ($9,672)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman shouldnt have to park at the stadium

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's hard to find parking- freshmen have to park two miles away from campus and parking services is always giving tickets.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Usually no spaces and is hard to get spots, and always get tickets.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking permits are expensive and sometimes it is hard to find a spot unless it is in one of the far away parking lots that no one wants to park in. Ticket fines get expensive quickly. I don't understand why there are so many/and parking meters that are only for 20 minutes... they should at least be for an hour so when you are running late and cent find a decent spot or you aren't able to have a good parking permit in relation to your classes you can use a meter.

3 College Junior

Parking: As long as you have the appropriate parking pass, which will cost you a good bit, you will be alright. The stadium is where most freshman park and can be a pain to get back and forth from even with the free busses. If you park in a restricted lot, even after hours, be prepared to get ticked, booted, or even towed. Most of the people I know at school have received multiple tickets. It might be one of the worst parts about campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1167th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1266th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1282nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Hometown
Sagamore Hills
Major
Architecture
Grad Year
2014
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The most notable aspect of parking a car at Kent State is that anyone can do it—even freshmen. First-year students will have to leave their car two miles away at the stadium during the week, though it's easy to hop on a bus going that way if you desperately need your vehicle on some Tuesday afternoon. On campus, finding a parking spot can be a struggle. Meters are frequently occupied, and the most convenient lots are inevitably crowded. Parking illegally will almost certainly earn you a ticket, as parking enforcement personnel are constantly on the prowl for expired meters and out-of-place permits. 

Once a parking spot is secured, it's usually more convenient to maneuver by foot instead of driving from class to class. The campus lends itself to pedestrian traffic, as most parking lots and roadways are located on the edges of campus. In the winter months, many off-campus dwellers drive to campus for obvious reasons, but during the fairer seasons, most opt to walk or bike their way to class. The biggest advantage offered by an automobile is easier access to nearby cities, but many find that a car is simply unnecessary. The University and its surroundings are all accessible enough by foot, bike, or public transportation that having your own car can easily become a bit of a hassle.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
At Dix Stadium
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$80-$200
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Kent Student Center
  • Commuter lots
  • Music & Speech Building
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Metered spots
  • Tri-Towers
  • Honors Plaza
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply as early as possible for permits, because the best ones sell out quickly. If your desired permit is sold out, you can opt to be wait-listed until a spot becomes available. Options abound for one-day visitors. Overnight visitors to the residence halls can obtain a free permit valid in certain lots between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays, and during all hours of the weekend.
Parking Services
KSU Parking Services
Schwartz Building
123 Schwartz Center, 800 E. Summit St.
(330) 672-4432
parking@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/parking
Did You Know?
If appealed, a vehicle's first ticket is usually voided as a courtesy by Parking Services.

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 19% It all depends
  • 17% Music & Speech Building
  • 17% Stadium
  • 14% Commuter lots
  • 9% Parking meters
  • 9% I don't have a car on campus
  • 7% Kent Student Center
  • 5% Ice Arena
  • 3% I have a stadium pass, but parking closer is nice

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 160 responses

  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 19% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 163 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 29 responses

  • 38% Anywhere your parking pass is not valid
  • 27% Close to class buildings
  • 18% Metered spots
  • 9% Tri-Towers
  • 7% Honors Plaza
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