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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't like trying to find a parking spot. Certain garages are very expensive.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The city and university need to work on the parking regulations. The cost in Athens for hourly parking is average however for an annual of quarterly parking it's expensive. Also, almost everywhere in campus requires money. I wish that there was a free parking at least in campus and near classes because students cant afford paying tickets all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I wouldn't recommend bringing a vehicle unless it is totally necessary.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is the worst thing about Athens.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Pretty expensive and hard to find spots on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1099th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1201st
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1325th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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It's unanimous: parking at OU sucks! Students agree that having a car on campus the first two years isn't worth the hassle. Even when you live off campus and have a parking space for your car, simply driving uptown to mail something or running to drop off a paper can be a nightmare if you have a car, due to the lack of parking spaces. Not to mention, every decent space is metered, so don't even think about leaving home without some quarters because you will either get a ticket or get towed (and pay over $100 to get your car back).

Basically, you really don't need a car your first two years, so leave it at home. Luckily, the campus is so small that it's really not that necessary, and because you'll have a meal plan, you don't need it to go grocery shopping. Once you move off campus, look for places that have parking available. Inevitably, most students get ticketed and/or towed at least once during their time at OU, partly because every campus building lot is reserved for faculty or commuters (you can't even park at Ping until after 3 p.m., which is ridiculous and makes it almost impossible to squeeze in a workout between classes, unless your classes are close). If you come to OU, just be prepared to endure the hell that is Athens parking-definitely the worst part of student life.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $165 per year for surface lots
  • $330 per year for garage parking
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • Illegal use of permit: $100
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Permit improperly displayed: $10
Best Places to Find a Spot
Parking garage, which costs 25 cents per 20 minutes
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Uptown during the afternoon and on Sundays
Getting a Parking Permit
Basically, you need a permit to park anywhere that doesn’t have a meter. Parking Services is the place to go to get a permit for general University lots, but the student cannot be living in a residence hall, fraternity house, or any place else that is “near the University” (which, of course, is defined by Parking Services). For parking in garages, located under certain residence halls, permits are available for students with a minimum of 45 credit hours (or three full-time quarters). They are available first come, first serve.
Parking Services
OU Department of Parking
100 Factory St.
(740) 593-1917
www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 134 responses

  • 6% 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.
  • 56% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 10% 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 134 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 29 responses

  • 38% There is no "best" place.
  • 27% The student parking lots
  • 22% Anywhere you have change to rent a spot
  • 8% Washington parking garage.
  • 5% On court street

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 47% Uptown on a Friday or Saturday night
  • 35% During class time
  • 18% Uptown during the afternoon and on Sundays
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