Parking

Location
Newark, DE
Undergrads
15,558
Tuition (in-state)
$25,940 ($9,670)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: All in all, the school isn't terrible with parking it could be a lot better though.

2 College Student

Parking: Parking is a hassle but having a car is completely not necessary. If you are living off campus though it will be nice to know someone with a car so they can take you grocery shopping otherwise it can be a bit of a hassle.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking rates are crazy high and the parking enforcement people are nazis even during weekend and non regular semester hours.

1 College Junior

Parking: The price for a parking pass in the semester is an outrageous amount of money ($300+) and doesn't make sense to charge that much when we're putting all the money we have and a lot of money we don't have straight back into that school. If you can't get one of those and want one for a parking garage, they're $600. It's completely ridiculous that they would charge that much of students who only want to be there to learn, not have anxiety attacks over how much their parking passes cost.

The parking enforcement officers are always on their game, though. They ticket very fast and efficiently, and you never even see them until a delightful little envelope is attempting to escape from the clutches of your windshield wiper in the breeze.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car, but my friends that do have not complained or said anything bad about the parking.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 534th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1338th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1371st
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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Parking on campus is a top pet peeve of students. While there are many lots around campus to park your car, the parking permits are expensive, and the lots are never close to where you are trying to go. There are even lots so far away that they require a shuttle to get you to the class buildings. Most commuters end up having to park in these distant lots and ride in on the bus.

If you choose to flaunt the parking rules and park wherever you please, you will soon rack up a daunting amount in parking tickets. Each time you are caught in a lot without a permit, it is $40. This adds up very quickly. To force you to pay, the tickets end up on your student tuition bill, and if the bill is too high, you may not be allowed to register until you pay them off. Your diploma may even be withheld if you haven’t cleared yourself with public safety by the time you graduate. Parking is a tremendous hassle on campus, so if at all possible, you should use the shuttle buses or live close enough to campus to walk. If not, you are completely out of luck, and you’d better start saving.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$130–$660 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired UD meter: $20
  • Parking in unauthorized lot or space: $30
  • No permit/invalid permit: $40
  • Parking in driveways/accessways or on grass/walkways: $50
  • Unauthorized parking in a reserved lot or space: $75
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
Amy DuPont Parking Lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • South College
  • Orchard Road
Getting a Parking Permit
It’s very easy to get permits for the lots farthest away and least desirable. It is very hard to get the coveted gold pass that allows access to the most convenient parking spots on campus. To get one, you have to be a senior with 110 credits and some determined need, such as commuting. As most off-campus housing is too close to be considered commuting, these passes are rare among students.
Parking Services
Parking Services
Perkins Student Center 147
325 Academy St.
(302) 831-1184
parking@udel.edu
www.udel.edu/transportation/parking

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 30% Anywhere is good as long as you have a pass
  • 30% Parking garages
  • 19% Shopping centers nearby campus, absolutely free.
  • 9% Passes are expensive but the best way to park
  • 9% North Campus
  • 2% Amy DuPont Parking Lot

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 134 responses

  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 37% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 6% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 138 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 33% Everywhere
  • 30% Main Street
  • 20% South College
  • 17% Dormitories
  • 0% Orchard Road
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