Parking is fairly difficult because many of the large lots that surround the campus are only for visitors or faculty. The Chapel Lot, near Hawthorn Building, is the biggest parking lot and where most people park. There are also lots for the students who live on campus that are located on the opposite side of the soccer and intramural fields. The Health and Wellness Center has a large parking lot, but it is not near any immediate classrooms, so it is very under-used. The Science and Ivy Lots are the easiest to access when go to the gymnasium or Port-Sky Café.
Students who live in Nittany Pointe, Pennview, or Wehnwood Court are not considered traditional commuters when it comes to parking permits, but they can still get a permit. However, they are only allowed to park on campus after 5 p.m. during the week and on weekends. A perk of buying a parking permit is that a Penn State Altoona permit is valid at the University Park campus after 4 p.m. and on weekends. This is is nice, especially if you plan on heading out to State College a lot.