Parking

Location
Bozeman, MT
Undergrads
10,033
Tuition (in-state)
$20,062 ($6,705)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking here is good. It is sometimes hard to find spots and parking passes are expensive, but not bad considering its for the entire semester. The university police are great. There is no need really to have a car although I do have one.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is cheap compared to other schools with adequate spots.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: This is by far the worst thing about MSU, bar none. No spots, everyone paid ridiculous amounts of money for no spot to be found..EVER. Girls are in danger of having to walk clear across campus at night after work to their dormitories. Parking enforcement people here are the worst, most rude people I encountered in the entirety of my life.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I did not drive to school.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking permits are very spendy and it is often difficult to find spots near a class but there are a lot of parking options. Sometimes it just needs to be toughed out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1182nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1244th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1263rd
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erica Aytes
Hometown
Pocatello, Idaho
Major
English Literature/Spanish
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MSU does not have an ideal parking system, and students are starting to complain. The majority of students, including freshmen, drives and that requires a lot of space for lots. While parking permits are relatively cheap compared to some schools, the trouble of finding a parking space sometimes outweighs the price of the hangtag. Usually, students are able to find a space eventually; it's just a long walk from their dorms or destinations, which can be a pain. 

Students who choose not to bring a car to school are usually happy with their decision. They get to cut a $100-plus parking permit out of their expenses, as well as the hassle of finding a spot in any of the overcrowded lots. Those students with cars usually end up getting so frustrated that at one point or another, they give in to their road rage and park illegally on one of the neighboring streets, feeling the $15 ticket is worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are 11 lots used by students living on campus. Those lots, plus additional ones, can be used by commuting students.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$159 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Overtime Parking: $30
  • No parking: $45
  • Parking in a handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Hedges lot, one of the largest on campus, almost always has some open spaces, but they are usually far away from the dorms.
  • For those students watching their checkbooks, it is possible to find a spot off campus—just be willing to walk a few extra blocks, and make sure you don't park where a resident parking sign is present.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Pretty much anywhere on the northeast side of campus, where the low-rises are, is always full.
Getting a Parking Permit
Compared to most college campuses, and even some high schools, parking at MSU is relatively cheap. Getting a permit is usually no problem whatsoever and just takes a quick trip to the University Police.
Parking Services
Parking Services Department
Corner of South 7th Ave. and Kagy Blvd.
(406) 994-2121
rputzke@montana.edu
www.montana.edu/wwwmsupd/regulati.shtml#registration

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 73 responses

  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 10 responses

  • 50% No where. just hope you get lucky
  • 40% It all depends on the time of day and week
  • 10% F Lot, behind the fieldhouse

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 64% Near the SUB
  • 27% Everywhere
  • 9% Near all girls dorms
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