Parking

Location
West Lafayette, IN
Undergrads
29,360
Tuition (in-state)
$28,702 ($9,900)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Parking: It is hard to find parking at times

3 College Junior

Parking: The on campus parking system is a bit confusing and during there 4 years of school lots of students get tickets for parking in the wrong area with the wrong permit. There could be more spots for students.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but from what I can see, parking isn't too bad.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Mostly people don't worry about having cars on campus.

2 College Freshman

Parking: You need to enter a raffle to have the chance to buy a permit.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1138th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1213rd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1247th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Reema Siddiqui
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are many lots, plus several parking garages.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$40–$70
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Loading zone: $20
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Parking in an “A” zpot: $25
  • Reserved parking: $25
  • University parking only: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Residence hall parking lots
  • C garages
  • The stadium parking lot
  • Anywhere on West Lafayette streets
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Metered parking outside residence halls
  • Along the street during class hours
Getting a Parking Permit
Any registered student whose local place of residence is at least 1.5 miles from campus may purchase a C permit for $40 per year. This is the parking pass that most students have. Students employed by Purdue at least 30 hours per week are eligible to purchase an "A" permit for $96 per year, or a "B" permit for $40 per year. These passes get the best parking spots, but you only get them if you work for the University, and they are quite limited. You also have the option of purchasing "C" garage permits instead of "C" lot permits. These allow you to park in a specific parking garage. However, these are only available through an application process. Students living in residence halls have the option for purchasing a residence hall pass, which is a stellar option if you have a car but still live in the dorms.
Parking Services
Parking Facilities Office
1877 Visitor Information Center
504 Northwestern Ave.
(765) 494-9494
Did You Know?
  • Be sure to pay your parking tickets right away. If you have three unpaid tickets, and you get a fourth, a bright yellow boot gets put on your car, and you have to pay enormous amounts of money to get it taken off!
  • If you're that pressed for time and need a parking spot, pronto, try parking in a loading zone (the best spots are the ones around Elliot Hall of Music). It's sort of like playing Russian roulette-you may get a ticket, you may not. Many of my friends did this, and it was about a 50-50 chance that they would get a ticket.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 180 responses

  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 36% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 41% Anywhere after 5 p.m.
  • 12% Anywhere on West Lafayette streets
  • 12% Residence hall parking lots
  • 12% C garages
  • 12% It is impossible to find close parking on weekdays
  • 9% The stadium parking lot

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 178 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 77% Along the street during class hours
  • 23% Metered parking outside residence halls
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