For the most part, parking is fairly convenient. There are plenty of options throughout campus for visitors and commuters, but the best spots are usually taken quickly. The only time parking can be a pain is on football game days and the nights of theater productions. A very big lot exists just through the campus gates, and other larger lots can be found near the Wright Center, which is where Samford occasionally hosts Alabama Theater productions and other exciting events open to the public. For residents, parking garages are the safest bets, but there are frequently better spots open, especially in Beeson Woods, which has plenty of spaces right in front of the dorms. For freshmen living in Central Campus, drivers nicknamed the spots right next to Vail and Smith "Miracle Row" because it is nothing short of a miracle to get such a fantastic spot. Just behind Miracle Row is the freshman parking garage.
Unfortunately, for Pittman residents, there are very limited parking opportunities, besides having to walk uphill to the parking deck. However, there is a row of 15-minute parking spots at the entrance of Pittman, making it easy to unload groceries or run inside to grab something. Thankfully, it is free to park anywhere on campus after 7 p.m. and on weekends. This opens up the lot right in front of Pittman that is usually reserved for staff only. Campus Safety is very strict about parking in correct areas and does not hesitate to ticket violators. Fortunately, though, people are welcome to plead their cases through e-mail, and oftentimes, the fines will be eliminated, especially for first-time offenses.