Parking on any college campus is a nightmare, but at least it’s an organized nightmare at Purdue. Parking garages and spaces open up after 5 p.m., making it safe and easy for students living off campus to participate in evening activities. Sure, the “C” parking spots feel like they’re a mile away, but shuttles are provided from the lots to campus, so you don’t even have to walk if you don’t feel like it. Really, it’s not as bad as people make it out to be. That being said, Purdue has increased the number of “C” permits issued, but decreased the number of “C” parking spots. Plus, if you choose to illegally park in, say, a loading zone or an “A” spot, you run the risk of being caught by what students affectionately refer to as the “parking Nazis.”
The one bright spot in this ominous gloom is that Purdue’s campus is laid out in such a way that driving around campus is unnecessary. Shuttles transport students for free from the major apartment complexes, and the excellent CityBus system provides free and easy transport from the Greater Lafayette area. Freshmen, leave your cars at home this first year—you can walk practically anywhere, and it’s much easier than incurring the wrath of the parking gods, who will bestow hefty parking fines on you.