Decatur, IL
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Eh... available parking, just hard to get a pass

4 College Freshman

Parking: If you aren't a freshman, parking is great. In the Woods it's easily accessible, and in the New Halls/Greek houses it's perfect. Freshman parking is usually a pretty good walk from the dorms though. Cars aren't needed to do anything but go off-campus anyway so it's not a big deal. Freshman permits are $100

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Spots fill up quickly very early and sometimes people make their own spots hindering other people from moving around with ease.

3 College Junior

Parking: I don't usually drive on campus so I am not sure

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are a great amount of large parking lots!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 117th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 720th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 932nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Johnson
Early Childhood Education, BA
Grad Year
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Freshmen and sophomores must petition for a parking spot in order to have a car on campus. This applies to those students who plan to live on campus. If the petition is granted, permits cost $100. Juniors and seniors simply talk to Safety and Security, and a permit costs $50. Commuter students follow the same rules as juniors and seniors, and permits cost $50 for them, too. Parking is somewhat available. Typically, there are enough spots, but some lots fill up faster than others. That is when parking becomes really difficult.

Having trouble finding a spot is usually the biggest problem. As long as students park in their assigned lot, there should not be a problem. However, there have been some instances where tickets have been handed out even if the student is in the correct lot. As long as one goes and talks to Safety and Security about it, things can get worked out easily. Parking in the wrong lot is the most common violation, and parking in a visitors' spot or in the arrival court is the next most common. Safety and Security is on the ball about parking violations, so breaking the rules is not recommended at all.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are several lots. Students are typically assigned a lot based on the sticker they are given.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
A petition must be filed. If granted, freshmen are allowed to park.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50 (juniors, seniors, and commuters) or $100 (freshmen and sophomores)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Decal not displayed: $20
  • Failure to park in assigned lot: $20
  • Parking in arrival court: $50
  • Parking in visitors' lot: $50
  • Handicapped zone (including striped area): $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • DISC (Decatur Indoor Sports Center) parking lot
  • Kirkland lot
  • Staley lot
  • Church parking lot
  • North lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Northern half of the DISC parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Freshmen and sophomores must petition for a parking permit. If the petition is granted, the cost is $100. Juniors and seniors simply go to Safety and Security and request a permit; the cost is $50. If the student is a commuter, the cost is also $50.
Parking Services
Safety & Security
1184 W. Main St.
(217) 464-8888
Did You Know?
Remain in your assigned parking lot at all times. Do not park in a lot that you are not assigned to because you will get a ticket. Safety and Security is always on patrol, so you will not get away with it.

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 30% You don't get to choose
  • 20% DISC (Decatur Indoor Sports Center) parking lot
  • 20% North lot
  • 10% Kirkland lot
  • 10% Staley lot
  • 10% Church parking lot

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 32% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
  • 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 5 responses

  • 80% North lot
  • 20% Northern half of the DISC parking lot
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