Parking

Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Undergrads
30,038
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permits are absolutely ridiculous in cost and in access. Each permit costs about $200 and only allows you to park in one lot on one campus. If you park anywhere outside of that lot you will get a very pricey ticket.

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3 College Junior

Parking: It's easy to get a permit for parking but it cost way too much. It takes a long time to actually obtain the permit too. So getting a refund is almost near impossible. However, there is always places to park.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking should be available in most campuses for students holding a parking permit. College avenue is an exception. There is opportunity for off campus parking for a fee in College Avenue Campus, but it is impossible to park in other campuses if one has a parking permit in one of the campuses. This means one has no choice but taking the bus, which can be very time consuming. It is also difficult to arrange the class schedule because of this problem.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Rutgers is notorious for its parking! The amount of money made on parking tickets is unbelievable and even the faculty, staff, and volunteers need to pay about $200 per year!

1 College Senior

Parking: They ticket you for everything. there are no spaces unless you are really early or don't mind a mile walk to the nearest stop. You have so many limitations and the tickets are outrageous. The cost of a permit is also ridiculous, and the popular ones sell out fast. You pay for the entire year but may only be using it for 1/3 of the time. they don't shovel the snow and let it build up dangerously, no salt either, so bring ice hiking boots. they also don't stop ticketing at any hours of the day-- you can get a ticket at 11pm.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1249th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1354th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1386th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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Ask any Rutgers student what they hate most about the University, and parking is probably in the top five. As part of the popular “RU Screw,” students have to pay heavy fines for parking in areas where they don’t have a permit. Students often complain about the burdens of having a car on campus. One major peeve students living on College Avenue have is that they have to park their cars on the Busch or Livingston campuses and take the bus to class. No student can drive to class legally and park in a lot, unless they have a proper permit. Even commuters have to park in Rutgers Football Stadium lot and take the commuter bus to class.

Some students have been rumored to have gone into debt over Rutgers’s parking tickets, as well as the cost of the permits. The permit to park in Easton Avenue apartment complex deck costs $450 annually. Parking tickets and permit costs make the majority of students leave their cars at home and rely on the Rutgers buses, NJ Transit, and friends to take them around.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Freshmen are allowed to park on campus, but only if they live on the Livingston campus or are from out-of-state.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$160.50–$256.80 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Rutgers hangtag not displayed: $10
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Failure to obey signs: $20
  • Outside of marked stall: $20
  • Parked in prohibited area: $20
  • Unauthorized lot: $20
  • Fraudulent use of permit: $50
  • No Rutgers sticker displayed: $50
  • Unauthorized campus: $50
  • Display of altered permit: $100
  • Parked in fire zone: $100
  • Restricted parking 2 a.m.–6 a.m.: $100
  • Counterfeit permit/hangtag : $250
  • Display of lost or stolen permit/hangtag: $250
  • Parked in handicapped stall: $250
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • It is incredibly hard to park anywhere on the entire College Avenue Campus-even off campus! There is extremely limited parking, and the small amount that is available is primarily given to commuters and faculty.
  • Off-Campus parking is also near impossible. For numerous blocks past College Avenue, resident parking permits are necessary to park on the street.
Getting a Parking Permit
Douglass College residents are not allowed to have cars on campus until their senior year. Cook College residents are not allowed to have cars on campus until their junior year. Livingston College residents are all allowed to have cars. Rutgers College residents are not allowed to have cars on campus until their junior year. University College students living on campus must follow the college restrictions of the residence hall they are living in. Graduate Students are all allowed to have cars.
Parking Services
Department of Transporation Services
26 Mine St.
(732) 932-7744
parktran.rutgers.edu

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 31% Assigned Parking Lots
  • 16% Douglass campus
  • 16% Parking garages
  • 15% On the Streets
  • 9% Busch Campus
  • 5% Off campus
  • 5% College Ave. after 8pm
  • 2% Parking decks!

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 44% Streets
  • 23% Parking Decks
  • 12% Busch
  • 8% Lot 98A at noon!
  • 6% Easton
  • 6% Anywhere on College Ave
  • 2% Any dorm parking spots

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 201 responses

  • 24% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 46% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 8% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 207 responses

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