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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Living on or near campus and walking to class is the easiest way.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking passes are overpriced and prices continue to rise. Usually there is no parking spots and you are most likely to get ticketed if you park in a red zone.

1 College Freshman

Parking: from what i hear it's horrible...

2 College Student

Parking: Definitely needs more parking availability on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Permit rate are ridiculous. There are rarely any spots available. There is not enough spaces available to begin with. Tickets and fines are also unreasonable. Going through the parking permit process at the parking service office is not very pleasant. The staff doesn't seem to want to help and answer questions. Confusion is normal amongst students because of poor communication about policies from parking staff. Having a car or driving to school is not worth it whether you live on or off campus, with or without a permit. Parking garage prices are poorly priced as well, however you have a better chance just paying there by the hour.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1305th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1350th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1388th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Ah, parking. The problem of problems for students and faculty at every university. Parking is a bit of an issue if you are not willing to do some walking. However, Texas State is undergoing a big construction craze, with the parking issue being addressed in the form of two parking garages.

Texas State does have a decent bus service that goes around to virtually every apartment complex in San Marcos, as well as the far reaches of the campus (from one end to the other). You will find that a lot of students ride their bikes to campus, even those who do not live on campus. The buses are also equipped with bike racks, so you can carry your bike with you to campus if you don't want to bike the whole way there. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are parking lots all over campus. Green permit lots are for residence hall permits and purple permit lots are for commuters.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
All students, faculty, and staff who have a car on campus must get a permit, including freshmen.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$95 per year for perimeter permits, $210 per year for residence hall permits
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improper display of permit: $10
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Parking in disabled space: $100
  • Altered/forged/lost/stolen/fraudulent use of permit: $150
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Tower Parking Garage
  • Residence hall parking lots
Getting a Parking Permit
Ordering a permit is super easy and fast. You can do it online or at the Parking Services building.
Parking Services
Parking Services
Mathews Street Garage
202 Student Center Dr.
(512) 245-2887
Did You Know?
The Bike Cave on campus is a great place for you to get free bike tuneups, buy new or used tires and bike parts, or buy a used bike. You can even be taught how to fix your bike for free.

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 32% Commuter/Perimeter
  • 29% If you have a green pass (residential)youre golden
  • 13% Residence hall parking lots
  • 12% Tower Parking Garage
  • 8% Finding parking spaces is very difficult
  • 5% Nowhere
  • 1% The square

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 31% The small residencial parking lots like college in
  • 17% Speck Garage
  • 16% Commuters lot
  • 12% Anywhere that you don't have a pass for
  • 10% JCK Building
  • 7% Matthews parking garage
  • 7% At the dorm lots

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 202 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 203 responses

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