Buffalo, NY
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2 College Senior

Parking: My first day of school I receive a parking ticket because I did not have a parking pass. I park to go into the school to ask questions on how to get an parking pass but then I received a parking ticket leaving out. The next day I had class on south campus and also received an parking ticket on my birthday because I feel like the sign was not clear enough.

4 College Junior

Parking: There's quite a lot of space near the dorms. But parking near classes are quite hard to find at times and the cost is not cheap.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are less than $10 but what get you are the parking permits that can range from $20 to $50 and parking is strictly enforced. There aren't enough parking spaces available for students around campus and the only spots available after 9am are 10-15 minutes away which becomes very tiresome in the winter. Cars aren't necessary on campus because we have shuttle buses that run from both campuses and the residence halls and apartments. Unless you're living at home, use the school's buses, it will save you time and money.

3 College Student

Parking: it all depends on the time you get to school. after 10am its very hard to find parking due to the amount of student who commute

3 College Freshman

Parking: UB continues to increase the amount of students that are accepted into the school, however with both newcomers and residing students the University has not yet made an attempt to increase parking spaces due to the growing population. In addition, there are lots of reserved parking for the professional staff, however during the late hours of night when that side of the parking lot is empty but students flock to secure study rooms in Capen Hall, beware of the temptation to park in that designated area! UB Police will ticket you with a hefty fine ranging between $50-100 just because the parking lot is designated for professors only even when they are not there! Parking permits cost approximately $15 for the school year. There is most definitely a need for a car on either campus. Yes, South Campus is a walk-able neighborhood that does not necessarily require a car, however, the traveling time between South and North Campus via UB transporation can very much eat up 30-45 minutes when in reality the traveling time is approximately 15-20 minutes of driving time. Anyone living on North Campus without a car will feel trapped within the borders of the campus. There isn't much to do or see on North besides the academic buildings and the dormitories. UB can most certainly do with some additional parking or a change to the parking laws of the available parking lots.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 119th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 194th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1210th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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If you look under "bad (adj.)" in Roget's Thesaurus, you will find a number of words that have one thing in common: they all have been used to describe the parking situation at UB. Most students feel that UB's parking problems are a serious quality-of-life issue. And parking affects nearly everybody, because 20,000 students commute to campus, and most of the students in the dorms have a car parked in one of the lots. The good thing is that parking permits are free. And unlike many schools, there is always a spot somewhere on campus. Unfortunately, unless you arrive before 9:30 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m., you're probably going to have to walk nearly 10 minutes to get to your class.

William Greiner, who stepped down as president of UB in 2003, used to say "We don't have a parking problem; we have a walking problem." He caught a lot of heat for it. Instead of parking at a lot that's a bit further out, many drivers stalk students as they walk through the lots back to their cars. Once the departing student pulls out, battles sometimes ensue between two cars vying for that spot. Sometimes, middle fingers are exchanged. The smartest thing to do to avoid this ugly scenario is to learn the campus shuttle schedule, park in an outer lot, and take the shuttle to your building. Some upperclassmen have a favorite illegal spot close to the Spine where they swear they've never received a ticket. While a good find can work for a few months, everybody's luck cools eventually, because the campus police are serious about ticketing.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Arena Lot (North Campus)
  • Center for Tomorrow Lot (North Campus)
  • Cooke B Lot, Governors E Lot (North Campus)
  • Lake LaSalle Lot (North Campus)
  • Main-Bailey Lot (South Campus)
  • Slee A Lot (North Campus)
  • Special Events Lot (North Campus)
  • Stadium Lot (North Campus)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Baird B Lot (North Campus)
  • Diefendorf Lot (South Campus)
  • Farber Lot (South Campus)
  • Fronczak B Lot (North Campus)
  • Jacobs A, B, and C Lots (North Campus)
  • Ketter Lot (North Campus)
  • Slee B Lot (North Campus)
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits for UB lots are free to all students.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
102 Spaulding Quadrangle
(716) 645-3943

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 87 responses

  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 49% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 20% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 87 responses

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