College Station, TX
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College Freshman

Parking: I never park on campus, I either walk or take the bus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Off campus parking is non existent, you will get towed so you should either pay to park on campus every day or take the bus to campus for free. Most parking permits are pretty pricey, about $500, but if you live on campus it is convenient to have your car close to your dorm room for carrying groceries, etc.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, but from what I've heard, the parking isn't a problem. Most of the trouble is getting a permit for the garage closest to the Southside dorms.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I do not like the fact that there is no free parking anywhere on campus. Parking tags are expensive. Garages are far away. Spots are limited.

4 College Junior

Parking: Great parking on-campus. However, some lots on campus fill up fast, and thus require parking further away from class and taking the campus bus. While it's possible to walk to class, it's not practical.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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Isuey Asuzena Iraheta
Houston, Texas
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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?
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?
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
Parking Services
Transportation Services
John J. Koldus Building
Suite 108
(979) 862-PARK

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 227 responses

  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 30% 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.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 227 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 16 responses

  • 35% West campus (take the bus in)
  • 35% Reed Arena and take the bus
  • 17% 40C
  • 13% After 5pm anywhere close

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 62% Zachary lot, main campus
  • 23% West Campus
  • 15% The rec


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