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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I've never had to deal with a parking situation at school since I do not have a car with me on campus.

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College Freshman

Parking: I take public transportation to get to school.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Last semester spots were abundant and this semester depends on the day

3 College Senior

Parking: I park on the street because the campus parking is so expensive and i usually walk far.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Because it is so close to the city, there are very few spots and to keep a car here you will have to purchase a permit for one of the school's parking structures, which are very very expensive.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 565th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1172nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1246th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Although some students inexplicably seem to have luck finding parking, it is advisable to take the advice of the great majority who do not. Parking in Chicago is a colossal undertaking worthy of an epic movie starring Al Pacino. If you find a spot, odds are, it will be nowhere near where you were trying to go. Sometimes it seems like it would be actually faster to walk places than to drive there and find parking. Campus lots fill up quickly. Street spots are scarce at best. Most students live close enough to campus that they do not need a car for their commute. Even if this was not so, Chicago's public transportation system can take you anywhere you want to go. If you need more reasons not to bring a car, think of today's poor emission standards and their effects on the environment.

With constant parking problems in mind along with the high price of gas within the city, and don't forget emission standards, it becomes clear that having a car on campus is more of an encumbrance than a luxury. Unless you absolutely need a car for some unfathomable reason, just leave it at home. Plus, everybody knows some fool who didn't take my advice and brought his '93 Taurus to school. Clunk around town in that instead, and save yourself a load of time, exasperation, and money.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Fordham Lot, Marquette Lot, Fairfield Lot, Albion Lot, Seattle/Xavier Lot, Canisius Lot, LeMoyne Lot, St. Louis Lot, Creighton/Holy Cross/Rockhurst Lot
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $202 per semester
  • $404 per academic year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Blocking fire lane: $100
  • Parking in an aisle: $15
  • Parking in violation of signs: $30
  • Parking with false permit: $50
  • Parking without a valid permit: $45
Best Places to Find a Spot
Before 5 p.m. on Arthur, Northshore, Albion, and Columbia streets
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Chicago. Seriously, it will be difficult to find parking anywhere in the city. At the Lake Shore Campus, it is toughest to park south of campus. It is impossible to park at the Water Tower Campus without paying an arm and a leg.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are relatively easy to come by for resident students and commuters. All students apply through an online lottery system and purchase passes per semester, though students wishing to park in the city may instead purchase a permit from the alderman's office, avoiding the $75 fine of parking without one.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
Parking Office
(773) 508-7036

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 112 responses

  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 114 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 61% The parking garage
  • 19% On the street near the dorms
  • 10% The Morgan
  • 10% Private Parking garages

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 55% Side streets
  • 40% There are very few parking spots on campus
  • 5% Around most residence halls
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