Norfolk, VA
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$22,230 ($8,190)
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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is the worst. Actually, you don't want me to get started on how much I hate ODU and City of Norfolk Parking. It's outrageously ridiculous, and unfair to the students.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: No parking spaces and too many commuters. Parking passes and location don't go well together and their too expensive even though you still have to walk far to get from your parking area to the residence hall. It sucks, I would rather park on the streets than buy a parking pass.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The parking pass price is outrageous and they oversell passes, which leaves no open spaces and extremely crowded garages.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is at a premium when utilized.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking permits are expensive. It is hard to find a parking spot in the garages and they keep taking away student and commuter parking and giving it to faculty. They even took away a dorm parking lot and gave it to faculty! It is cheaper to find parking off campus but the spots fill up quick also. I don't mind walking 3 blocks to class but some do.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1279th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1334th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1340th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bryoney Hayes
The East Coast!
English with a Journalism concentration
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Cars aren’t really a requirement at Old Dominion, unless, of course, you’re a commuter. And, despite the attempts of faculty to change this fact, Old Dominion University is technically a commuter college. Even though this is set to change, most of ODU’s student body does not live on campus or in a dorm. A person would think that ODU would recognize the need to have an abundance of available parking garages and parking lots, but this is not the case. Day after day, students fight for parking spots in semi-sized lots that aren’t even all that close to their respective classes.

The largest parking garage, across from the Ted Constant Convocation Center, is often blocked off for University events, creating a flood of traffic between the only other available garages on 42nd Street. On top of all of that, the lots across from the Webb Center (where a person is almost always guaranteed a parking spot) are being endangered by the erection of a new dormitory building. There is practically no point to paying the fee for a permit simply not to be able to park. For students living on campus, don’t even bother bringing a car. For those who must commute or need a car to make it to work, just realize that you will never find a parking spot that is even remotely near any of your courses.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Parking areas are adjacent to the residence halls, Monarch House and Powhatan Apartments. These are residential lots at all times and a residential parking permit is required. These lots are #11 and #33 at Rogers Main, #28 and #16 at Gresham Hall, #32 behind Powhatan Apartments, #42 at Whitehurst Hall, and #50 at the Monarch House. There are separate University Village parking lots for residents of University Village apartments, and designated Quad parking lots for students living in the Virginia House, Ireland House, Scotland House, England House, France House, and Dominion House.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$133 per semester for residents
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking without a valid decal: $43
  • Fire lane: $66
  • Parking a space for the disabled: $132
  • Parking in a prohibited zone: $12
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Webb Center (North and South garages)
  • 43rd Street Parking Garages
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
42nd Street on a Friday night
Getting a Parking Permit
Practically everyone at Old Dominion has a parking permit. Most of ODU’s student body is commuter-based, and therefore, it is virtually a requirement. Even with parking permits, students are not guaranteed parking spots. The parking situation at ODU is horrid. It is, however, very simple to get one. Students just need to go to parking services, pay for the permit, and they receive them right there on the spot.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
4310 Elkhorn Ave.
(757) 683-4004

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 128 responses

  • 25% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 34% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 123 responses

Very poor
  • 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 19 responses

  • 43% 43rd Street Parking Garages
  • 29% The Webb Center (North and South garages)
  • 19% 41st Street
  • 10% It's not free to park anywhere

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 86% 42nd Street on a Friday night
  • 9% 48th Street
  • 5% Powhatan Parking lot
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