If there is one major downside to NU, it is the parking. Parking spots on campus are limited in number, expensive, and inconvenient. So unless you have extenuating circumstances, leave your car at home when you’re living on campus. With campus-provided transportation like the intercampus and campus loop shuttles, and public transportation like the Metra and CTA, you can get almost anywhere you need to go without a car.
Parking permits are only granted to seniors, grad students, faculty and staff, and commuters who live outside a "designated walking area" determined by NUPD. The NUPD is very strict on parking rules, so if you do choose to bring your car near campus, don’t be surprised if you walk away with a fair share of parking tickets.