Parking on campus has been an area of hot debate on RIT's campus for quite some time. On the outside, the parking situation at RIT seems too good to be true. Every student, regardless of their class rank, is allowed to have a car on campus. The difficult part, as most students find out, is figuring out where they can park and when they can park there. Depending on your status, living accommodations, and sticker type, you are allowed to park in a varying number of lots at different times throughout the day. If you are not satisfied with this parking system, you can purchase a reserved parking sticker through Campus Safety, which allows you access to better parking spaces in various lots, depending on your needs.
Overall, there really are enough parking spots for students to use without purchasing the reserved parking passes. When it comes down to it, if a student arrives on campus before 11 a.m., they will have little problem finding a parking space in a non-restricted lot. Parking for dorms and apartment complexes is usually relatively easy as well. There are not many parking spots that are very far away from any apartment or dorm. An exception is Colony Manor. There are not enough parking spaces for all of the residents in this complex, and on weekends, it can be impossible to find parking because of the number of students who drive over to find parties to go to. Parking on the academic side of campus is harder, due to the lots that students are allowed to park in and the varying hours when the lots are open for students to park. The number of commuter students at RIT is also a factor in the availability of parking spaces. Commuter students have no real choice when it comes to how they get to class. While it is possible for off-campus students to use the bus system, most students drive to campus simply because it is a more reliable means of transportation. If you are looking for parking on the academic side, your best bet is to get there early, and try the U lot first. Trust me, you'll find a spot here, although I can't guarantee that you won't be falsely ticketed by hostile, near-sighted Campus Security officers.