Opinions vary when it comes to parking, but comparatively speaking, Truman students have it good, and you'll probably find a spot somewhere. While it may be irritating to walk five minutes in the biting cold, the campus is not that big. Good luck parking in front of your dorm, although a few individuals seem to have a knack for knowing just when someone will pull out. Parking decals come in a rainbow of colors—green for campus residents, blue for commuters and off-campus residents, and red for staff and faculty members. Double-check the sign in the lots before you grab a spot, especially if it looks half-empty on a weekday. Chances are, it's reserved for somebody else.
Getting caught parking without the proper decal can get expensive, so even if you think you'll park on residential streets most of the time, it's worth it to pay the $100 for a parking permit. Plus, with very little real crime, campus officers have a lot of free time to make the parking lot rounds. If you circle campus a few times and come up empty-handed, parking on an adjoining street is safe and free. However, people will always complain, and there's no harm in joining in the chorus of groans from time to time. And if it turns out that you're one of the few with great timing, gloat a little.