Parking

Location
Huntsville, TX
Undergrads
12,968
Tuition (in-state)
$15,032 ($6,608)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Parking: Parking is good for the amount of students. I always parked near the Criminal Justice building.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is horrible! It's so difficult to find parking spots. They should consider expanding.

3 College Junior

Parking: you need a permit to park in certain spots, permits are pricey but will get you a good parking spot

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's bad depending on the time, after five you wont have a problem.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is hard since there are different lots you can park in.

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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
Hometown
Hanau, Germany
Major
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
2013
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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?
Yes
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?
Yes
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
parktrans@shsu.edu
www.shsu.edu/~upd_www/parktrans

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 34% By Bowers Stadium
  • 18% The parking garage, which is pretty pricey
  • 18% Dorm parking, farther away from campus
  • 13% By Paw Print
  • 11% By the Criminal Justice building
  • 5% By the tennis courts

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 131 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 4% 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.
  • 34% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 27% Student parking lots by the library
  • 24% Parking on Sorority Hill
  • 21% South Paw dining hall
  • 15% Rec Center Parking
  • 6% White Hall Parking
  • 6% By the football stadium

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 116 responses

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