Prior to the start of each academic year or semester, NU students can apply for a parking permit online. Permit applications are usually available sometime during the week prior to the start of each semester or quarter. It seems to be a universal truth among students who attend big-city schools that a car is an unnecessary and expensive endeavor on campus. Not only is parking ridiculously expensive, but also your car will invariably wind up towed, ticketed, abused, and worn down.
A car can nonetheless be a luxury to have a quick way out of town. Also, you’ll find that some poor carless student who lives in your vicinity may be quite willing to pay for your gas—or even more—for a ride home. Overall, though, the permit prices are just way too high, and the parking fines, which you’ll most certainly rack up, will be billed to your tuition account. So, if you have to take a car to school, park in the garage or enter the campus grounds at your own risk.