Parking for SU students varies based on credit. The parking permit system involves filling out a registration form with the University Police. Even if the application is submitted on time, students are not guaranteed a spot. Primarily, freshmen get the short end of the stick; they are given the parking spots across Route 13, which is the furthest from campus, and there is a limited amount of parking available. To improve parking conditions, however, SU just built a large parking garage near campus.
The University Police takes parking in the appropriate spots very seriously. The entrance to every lot is supervised by student assistants who check every car for a permit. Furthermore, officers conduct daily sweeps of the lot and write tickets for out-of-place cars. Fines range from $5 for expired meters to $40 for parking in the wrong spot to $100 for counterfeit permits. Each lot is strictly monitored during its times of operation, which are listed at the entrance. Otherwise, anyone can park in those lots, and weekends are open parking, as well. However, most officers give a warning for the first offense for a parking violation and ticket only after that warning. On the whole, for now at least, freshmen should be ready to walk.