San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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2 College Freshman

Parking: I have a green permit which is a residential pass and it cost me $485 dollars. It's super expensive but worth it because I always have a parking spot right outside my dorm since I live in Tower which has it's own parking garage. Commuter parking kind of sucks. You can park in commuter parking which is on Mill Street, about 10-15 minutes walking distance from campus. Most people park their cars there and take the bus to campus, and that pass costs $115 I believe.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking is an issue because there are way too many students and not enough parking. Parking permits are super expensive.

2 College Senior

Parking: Usually the students' number 1 complaint is the parking. I have had a car since freshman year and have never bought a parking pass because of the ridiculous costs. I have always opted to park off campus very far away and walk and even then it is difficult to find a spot. I now live somewhat close to campus and always walk or bike.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The permits are over-priced and there isn't enough parking for the student population that attends. Texas State should definitely invest in more parking garages or parking lots.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permits are expensive, some apartments have free parking spaces for residents.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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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

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 192 responses

  • 25% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 27% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% 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 192 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 44% The small residencial parking lots like college in
  • 24% Speck Garage
  • 15% Commuters lot
  • 9% Matthews parking garage
  • 9% JCK Building

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 37% Commuter/Perimeter
  • 34% If you have a green pass (residential)youre golden
  • 15% Residence hall parking lots
  • 15% Tower Parking Garage
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