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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not a large need for a car on campus, but it helps. Parking can be a problem, but if you are on time you can usually find something.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I normally get to school early in the morning so parking is not as bad as it is whenever 10 o'clock rolls around. If you get to class after 8 then there is a huge parking issue. Sometimes my classes are cancelled in the morning and when I show up for my next class it is like I'm a vulture searching for a spot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking near some dorms is limited and permits only allow you to park in some areas. Parking for classes is usally farther away.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is limited parking on campus, but as of now they are building new parking spaces. The permit cost is an average price and the fines are for okay reasons. Law enforcement could ease up a little. There really isn't a need for a car on campus unless you eat out a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is not bad as far as cost. But the availability of parking spots is really bad. I usually have to leave for class 45 minutes early so I am not late.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1083rd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1163rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1319th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hanau, Germany
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
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Parking is by far the biggest issue students have at Sam Houston State University! There are twice as many students with parking permits than there are actual parking spots available on campus. The issue is continuing to grow worse as time goes on because the school is removing entire parking lots to make room for new buildings and dorms. SHSU is referred to as the fastest growing school in Texas, so taking away parking spots is a move in the wrong direction that will only create more problems and give more headaches to students.

Not only are there few parking spots to choose from, but parking laws are strictly enforced by the University Police Department—a vast majority of the students at SHSU has received a parking ticket. The one bright fact about parking at SHSU is that the price of parking permits is low in comparison to those of neighboring universities; however, the permit prices are increasing each year, as the number of spots is decreasing. Overall, parking continues to be problematic with students, and the issue of parking is one of the few knocks on SHSU.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Blue lots are for students who live on campus; green lots are for students who live off campus; brown lots are for handicapped students; and football stadium parking includes orange lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Any student is allowed to buy a parking permit.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$175 per academic year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in the wrong colored lot: $30
  • Parking without a permit: $30
  • Parking in staff lots at ineligible times: $40
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped spot: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • By Bowers Stadium
  • Dorm parking, farther away from campus
  • The parking garage, which is pretty pricey
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • CHSS (College of Humanities & Social Sciences) parking lot
  • South Paw dining hall
  • Student parking lots by the library
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits may be purchased online when paying tuition costs or in person at the University Police Department, where all permits are picked up whether purchased online or in person. It is easy to acquire a permit, and there aren't really any restrictions as to who can or can't buy a permit.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Office
Sam South Complex
2424 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 294-1790

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 123 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 39% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

Very poor
  • 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 11 responses

  • 41% Parking on Sorority Hill
  • 24% South Paw dining hall
  • 24% Student parking lots by the library
  • 6% White Hall Parking
  • 6% Rec Center Parking

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 41% By Bowers Stadium
  • 29% Dorm parking, farther away from campus
  • 24% The parking garage, which is pretty pricey
  • 6% By Paw Print
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