Parking

Location
College Station, TX
Undergrads
36,219
Tuition (in-state)
$25,035 ($8,506)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Ample parking is provided on campus, with 4 main garages and several lots. Parking passes to convenient lots are harder to come by, but the campus transit system helps get people around.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Don't park on campus, heard its a struggle though

3 College Junior

Parking: When living on campus, there is no need to have a car. I navigated successfully on the bus system to go to the store/mall/whatever. The price for a parking pass in a garage is outrageous! Most of my friends have a pass for a surface lot but even those are $200-$500. I prefer to take the bus to campus and pay for a night pass (5pm-6am) for late night studying.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is somewhat of a nightmare sometimes. The parking passes are a little pricey, but also super convenient. Driving around campus is a hassle in itself (especially on game days or for other events), but once you learn the layout of the school it gets easier. I've found it's easier usually to just plan enough time to park at a bus stop and take the bus to and from campus. This takes a little more time, but it's usually less of a hassle than finding parking near your classes.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking passes can be fairly expensive to reasonable, spots fill quickly. I personally never received a ticket, but thats a rare occurance.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 980th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1242nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1276th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Isuey Asuzena Iraheta
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Psychology
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“Parking”—the word alone causes many Aggie students to frown. The garages are old, parking is hard to find or it’s too far away, and it’s too expensive. Prices for permanent parking can run from $275 to more than $400 per semester. And if you plan to park in the visitor parking, be aware that it’s $2 an hour before 6 p.m., which would comes out to be just as expensive as a permit if you parked there every day.

Basically, regardless of the price, if you plan on bringing a car, you're better off buying a permit to avoid getting tickets—and A&M is good at giving out tickets. Don't even think about leaving your car unattended in the wrong place for even a minute because you'll find a little surprise waiting for you on your windshield with a fine. And although there are many garages and lots on campus, your permit only allows you to park in one specific garage or lot. In fact, many students say that it’s best to just leave your car at home because it’s not feasible to drive to class—you're better off with a bike, taking the bus, or carpooling with someone. The only time you'll use your car is if you need to get off campus. So, if you can, just leave your car at home, unless you really need it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are nine resident-student-only lots and many staff/student lots, as well as lots on the outskirts of campus where anyone with a valid permit can park.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$225-$444 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to remove vehicle for special event: $40
  • No valid permit: $40
  • Time violation: $40
  • Fire lane: $110
  • Handicapped zone: $110 and automatic tow
Best Places to Find a Spot
West campus (take the bus in)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Zachary lot, main campus
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits can be expensive, and garage spots are hard to land. Your permit will only be good for a certain kind of lot, but remember it's better then a ticket. To get a permit, you can log in through the Parking Services website at transport.tamu.edu/parking.aspx.
Parking Services
Transportation Services
John J. Koldus Building
Suite 108
(979) 862-PARK
parking@tamu.edu
www.transport.tamu.edu/parking.aspx

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 237 responses

  • 11% 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.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% 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 29 responses

  • 38% Zachary lot, main campus
  • 32% The rec
  • 16% West Campus
  • 5% Lot 50
  • 5% Lot 32
  • 3% Lot 100

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 245 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 33 responses

  • 31% West campus (take the bus in)
  • 29% Reed Arena and take the bus
  • 29% After 5pm anywhere close
  • 12% 40C

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