Cincinnati, OH
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3 College Freshman

Parking: The garages are well let and very safe, but the cost is ridiculous. It makes being a commuter irritating because we have to have our cars and we are forced to pay that price.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You better know how the parking passes work and where you are eligible to park or else you WILL get a ticket and it WILL cost a lot of money. I suggest walking during campus hours or riding a bike. Off campus parking is average to any other town.

4 College Junior

Parking: There are several parking facilities located around campus and convenient to wherever you may have class. Evening student permit prices are reasonable but full time permits are insanely expensive. I never have a problem finding a spot, probably because if you don't have a permit, it is expensive to park in a facility on campus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It is easy to find a parking spot, however the parking lot is a very long walk to the buildings... which is horrible when it's cold/snowing/raining.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The cost is outrageous $1,000 per semester to park in the parking garage on campus. The need for a car on campus is not necessary. Everything is right by campus and downtown Cincinnati is a short metro bus away.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 995th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1309th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1320th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Cincinnati, Ohio
Journalism/Spanish minor
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are only a few parking lots on campus, and it is almost impossible to get a decal to park there because they are bought up quickly by faculty and staff. Instead, students generally have to buy a permit to park in one of the following campus garages: Campus Green Garage, Varsity Village Garage, CCM Garage, University Garage, Corry Garage, Clifton Court Garage, Goodman Garage, Eden Avenue Garage, Calhoun Garage, Kingsgate Garage, Woodside Drive Garage.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$193.50–$468 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Meter violation: $20
  • Parking without a permit/decal: $35
  • Fire lane: $75
  • Handicapped spot: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Side streets surrounding campus are free, so these places are ideal if you are willing to walk a little farther to get to class.
  • Most students park within a few blocks of campus, with Ohio Avenue and West Clifton Avenue being popular side streets to park on.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Curb parking on Martin Luther King Drive is desirable because it's free and just a few steps off campus, but these spots are generally filled early in the morning, so unless you count on getting there at the crack of dawn, don't count on parking here.
  • There is some meter parking across the street (right along the perimeter of campus), but these fill up early, too. Don't count on parking here for your daytime classes.
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can purchase parking permits online or at the Parking Services office at Four Edwards Center. Decals sell quickly since parking spaces are in high demand, so students should plan on buying their pass early. Decals generally go on sale a couple months before the start of each quarter. Garage decals sell quickly for fall and winter since that's when weather gets cold and nasty, so plan to get your decal even earlier if possible. This ensures you'll have a guaranteed spot and not get stuck looking for street parking in the snow and slush. However, having a guaranteed spot comes with a price tag, and UC students will pay a pretty penny to park in a campus garage.
Parking Services
Parking Services
4 Edwards Center
51 W. Corry Blvd.
(513) 556-2283

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 137 responses

  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 130 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 37% Clifton Avenue at night or on weekends
  • 27% Usquare or UPA
  • 23% UPA on the weekends
  • 13% Impossible to find a spot on surrounding streets

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 48% Meters
  • 29% Campus police gives frequent tickets
  • 23% Limited meters but garages available
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