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2 College Senior

Parking: UPD are ridiculous with giving tickets, permits are so expensive, hard to find spots near any academic buildings.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car

College Sophomore

Parking: I dont drive so this is non applicable to me. I don't park

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car.

4 College Freshman

Parking: It is a big school, but even on move in day, it was not hard to find a spot. Some parking lots are far though, but the price is very fair.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 860th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 864th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 880th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mills Horton
Geneseo, Illinois
English-Creative Writing
Grad Year
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From the on-campus resident who only takes his car out once a week to an off-campus commuter who drives to class every day, everyone can agree that parking is a nightmare. The main resident lots are located far away from the dorms, and the commuter lots fill up by early morning. Unless you have class impossibly early or impossibly late, commuters can expect an impossibly long walk to the academic buildings. Some students that live on campus talk about driving around for more than an hour before finding a spot. Giant piles of snow make for an even messier situation during the long winter months.

As if the parking situation doesn’t sound bad enough now, things are only going to get worse. Increased enrollment, a rise in students living on campus, and new construction projects encroaching on existent parking spaces will all combine to further aggravate residents and commuters alike. The condition of the parking lots themselves are far from ideal. There are lots of pot holes and cracked cement just waiting to flatten a tire. Perhaps the freshman car ban is a blessing in disguise.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen residing in the residence halls are not allowed to park on campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$200 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Disabled zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $25
  • No parking permit: $40
  • Parking on the grass: $40
  • Overtime parking: $20
  • Parking while using a stolen, forged, or altered permit or decal: $50
  • Parking in a fire safety zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Lot M
  • Newing lot
  • Susquehanna lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere during late morning or early afternoon
Getting a Parking Permit
You can order permits on campus at the Couper Administration Building G-8 or you can order them online (in the fall only) through a secure permit portal.
Parking Services
BU Parking Services
Cooper Administration Building G-8
(607) 777-2279

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 72 responses

  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 32% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 19% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Lot M
  • 12% Newing lot
  • 12% Susquehanna lot
  • 12% East Gym lot
  • 12% Meter parking
  • 12% Mountainview Lot

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 71 responses

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