Parking sucks—sorry. This is common at large universities, but UA has this knack for exacerbating the parking issue. Permits are expensive, and there are a lot of pissed-off men and women in brown uniforms running around, checking meters and giving out tickets. Seriously, no car-toting student escapes all four years without getting at least one ticket. No one.
There are a few good places, like behind the rec center and behind the middle school next to the rec center. Parking far enough south of Fifth Street (or biking in) would be the best and most cost-efficient way to commute at UA if you don’t have the money to pay for meters or permits. A ticket-giver will find your car if you’re parked illegally, in any case. Some students have even missed classes because they couldn’t find a place to park and didn’t want to get a ticket. Those people dressed in brown have struck the fear of God in many, and even if you’ve found yourself to be an extraordinarily lucky person in all aspects of life, they’ll get you, too. Do yourself a favor and bike or walk. The only excuse for putting yourself through the hell of parking on campus is if you have to.