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3 College Sophomore

Parking: there is plenty of parking on campus. Parking is limited near my dorm and it is on a first come first serve basis. When you figure how much it costs you to have a car on campus (insurance, parking permit, gas, etc) and then you look at all the available options, like the shuttle, zip cars, and public transportation, there really is no great need to have a car on this campus.

2 College Senior

Parking: The parking situation is atrocious. The semester cost for a parking pass is ridiculous and it's impossible to find parking to the point that stalking people as they're walking to their car is a must. There is no real off campus parking option unless you live in on campus affiliated housing.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The parking is very good, especially near the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car here and I'm kind of thankful for that. Our parking garages fill up fast and it is recommended to not drive during school days while on campus. There are multiple parking decals and it can be hard to find a spot in an area where you are permitted to park. Towing is enforced in garages and they are very strict about the rules.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I don't personally own a car, but when I am out with my friends, it is nearly impossible to find a spot, especially in the day time


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1035th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1356th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1368th
    Best Parking Availability

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Nathalie Desdunes
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Parking seems to be quite a sore subject with UCF students. Most students arrive on campus 30 minutes early in anticipation of not being able to find an immediate spot. Students often circle around in the garages and the lots waiting for other students to walk to their car, then, resembling stalkers, they follow these students to their cars. Finding a spot can be competitive when it comes to a bunch of impatient students trying to make it to class. Don't let someone steal a spot from under you. Use your blinkers and remain cool.

Most students frequent the campus in the beginning of each semester, causing a real headache where parking is concerned. After about the first month, parking becomes a little easier. Don't expect to luck out with a superstar spot close to your classroom. Be prepared to trek across campus in the heat. Sometimes, students have to park as far away as the arena to find a parking spot. You just have to keep driving until you find a spot; you never know when someone is leaving campus. Never park in a spot that isn't designated for students (faculty spot, handicapped spot); Parking Services will catch you and you'll be sure to find a green parking ticket waiting for you on your windshield. Follow all signs and permit procedures when parking!

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$84–$475 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No Permit: $25
  • Expired Permit: $40
  • Reserved space: $50
  • Handicapped Zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Education lot normally has spots available. The arena always has spots available, but can be quite a hike from your classroom. The first three weeks of the semester it is difficult to find parking anywhere.
  • After 5:30 p.m., students may park in faculty and staff lots, only with a current, valid decal.
  • The Faculty Lots (G-6) next to the fine arts building (Colbourn Hall) and a designated row of faculty parking spaces in the unpaved lot (T-600) directly south of the UCF Arena and T-1000 are only open to students after 7 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The gym parking lot. Look for alternative places to park when going to the gym.
  • UCF Shuttle
Getting a Parking Permit
Student permits cost anywhere from $42 to $181, depending on the requested parking area, and even up to $473 per year for the East or West towers parking garage.

Parking permits may be purchased online at Students can choose to have their permits mailed or to be picked up at Main Parking Services Office (Garage B across from the Recreation and Wellness Center). But if you go in the middle of the day, there will almost always be a line. The line will get longer the longer you wait, so order your permit at least two weeks before the semester starts and have it mailed to you. Don't forget to print out, or at least write down, your confirmation number-if for some reason you don't get your tag in time, parking services will issue you a temporary tag until it comes.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
Garage B
(407) 823-5812
Did You Know?
  • There is a UCF shuttle service that stops on campus and at 15 off-campus locations. Shuttles are accessible to all students for free, and they're conveniently accessible for disabled students, as well. The shuttle runs Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. The shuttle makes round trips approximately every 15 minutes.
  • Though there's much parking available on campus-there are more than 18,000 spots reserved for students-there's still some advice that new students may want to abide by. There are four, four-story parking garages on-campus, as well as short-term metered spots and parking lots. While there are tons of spaces, different lots fill up at different times of the day, so students are always parking in different areas. Also, some of the closest lots are dirt lots and make your feet and car dirty. While these lots are intended to be the sites of future parking garages, students are expected to park in the unpaved lots in the mean time.
  • Another bonus is that if a student lives on campus, that student will get a special parking decal-but on the downside, they're more expensive.

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 21% Parking Garage A
  • 21% It depends on where my destination is.
  • 13% No where.
  • 12% The flat lots
  • 10% Visual Arts Building
  • 8% Garage D
  • 4% Next to teacher office buildings
  • 4% Garage B
  • 4% At Parking Meters
  • 3% Garage F
  • 1% Next to Building 4
  • 1% Garage I

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 28% Parking Garage B
  • 17% Parking Garage H
  • 11% Parking Garage D
  • 10% It depends.
  • 9% Parking Garage A
  • 8% Any of the parking lots
  • 8% Parking Garage C
  • 7% Parking Garage F
  • 1% Parking here is a nightmare
  • 1% UCF Shuttle

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 933 responses

  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 36% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 933 responses

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


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