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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car but people park and its pricey

College Freshman

Parking: I do not drive, therefor I do not understand the parking issue.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is paid by meter, but parking in dorm lots require permits. Parking enforcement does issue parking tickets but I personally have not seen many issued out. There is no need for a car on campus but it is nice to have a car available to venture off campus once in awhile.

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3 College Student

Parking: Close to classes, on main campus, freshmen not allowed a car, buildings located close to one another

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is generally a lot of parking but spots still fill up quickly and the price can add up.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1049th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1219th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1294th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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The majority of freshmen will begin their college careers without cars. There is a reason for this. Walking to events like frat parties or off-campus parties, or heading down to Marshall Street for a bite to eat, must now become somewhat of a communal thing that involves more than just you and your best friend. You meet new people, enjoy some long conversations on the way to certain places, and can bond with the friends you have just met a few months before. And you will never need to drive to class, as all dorms are within a 10-minute walk from classes, even if you had a car.

Still, when it gets freezing, snowy, and windy sometime around November, it's nice to have a way to get around a little if you need to make a long trip. Parking is tough for those with a car, especially away from the dorms. Most dorms have a garage near them that students can park in for about $400 each year. It is near impossible to park on campus where your classes might be, and it is almost as hard to park on Marshall Street, especially at night. Students who choose to live on South Campus in their sophomore years will have a tougher time getting around, and relying on the bus at all times can be a pain. These students, as well as students who live off campus in their junior or senior years, should look into getting a car.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
However, only if they get special permission
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$323-$643 per year
Best Places to Find a Spot
During the morning, the Bird Library parking lot. In the afternoon, the only safe place to park and not get a ticket would be in the dorm parking lots. At night, you can park in one of the Marshall Street lots.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus. Technically, unless you have an on-campus parking pass (which you can't get as a freshman), you are not even allowed to drive your car on campus unless it is late at night.
Getting a Parking Permit
There are on-campus permit, dorm permits with a garage, and dorm permits without a garage.
Parking Services
Parking and Transit Services
(315) 443-4652

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 121 responses

  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 120 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 75% Parking garages
  • 12% Thornden Park
  • 12% There is no central parking lot at the SU campus.

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 58% Marshall street
  • 42% Walnut Street
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