Parking is easily the biggest problem a student will face when coming to UC. With so many students and so little parking on campus, it's hard for the University to accommodate everyone. Students who do opt to park on campus do so at a hefty price, which is just another excessive cost in addition to books, tuition, and daily expenses. If you don't buy a pass, you could be stuck feeding a parking meter or paying cash daily for parking in University garages, which adds up over the course of the year. Even if you buy a parking pass, it still may be difficult to find a parking spot in the garage. Though the University limits the number of passes per garage, it seems impossible to find a good spot in the garage sometimes. This is especially true if you come to school later in the morning/early afternoon. It can get frustrating to park on the top floor of the garage every day, especially if you leave campus late at night and have to walk through the garage alone. They are desolate at night, so if you have to stay late, try and move your car closer to the stairs so it's not as creepy.
Even though parking is a hassle, most students are glad they aren't required to pay for it. Instead of making every student pay extra tuition to pay for parking, Parking Services leaves it as an option to park in University garages or lots. Having this option is good for students who don't come to campus every day and don't need daily parking or for students who want to save money by trying to find a spot on the street. If you opt to park on the street, however, be prepared for some frustration. It may be easiest just to cough up the cash for a garage, at least until you get used to campus.