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3 College Senior

Parking: Register and sell almost twice as many permits as there are spots on campus. Some parking is far from classrooms. Prices are ridiculous for parking, and not just for students but also staff and faculty!

3 College Student

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, but there a several parking lots.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Very expensive, and limited spots (even though you have to pay for the permit to even be allowed to park there).

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is fairly convenient, but it is pretty expensive.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car in denver. I know that on campus parking is very cheap and accessible


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 171st
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1206th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1260th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anne Reiman
Winnetka, IL
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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For the most part, parking at DU is an absolute mess. Street parking is often taken over by the ongoing construction on campus, and non-student residents in neighboring areas often complain to administration that students fill the only available parking in front of their houses.

If you plan on driving to class every day, or want to keep your car on campus, buy a parking permit. Permits can get fairly expensive, especially for restricted lots, but they're well worth it. In fact, the cost of a permit will probably pay itself back in the end, as you won't have to pay parking tickets from DU or the City and County of Denver. Both parking authorities are diligent about ticketing on a daily basis. Students who run out of class to move their cars from one-hour parking are often filled with dismay to see they're one second too late, and must watch as the parking patrol writes them a ticket. Pleading and begging to the officer on duty usually falls on deaf ears. If you buy a restricted permit, the lots are spacious and strategically placed throughout campus. Many feature underground or otherwise covered parking. General lots are fewer and tend to fill up more quickly. Some students use the general lots, particularly the large one next door to Halls and across the street from Towers, as car storage units if they don't drive very much, but wish to keep their cars nearby.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $30-$40 per quarter for general permits
  • $85-$170 per quarter for restricted permits
Common Parking Tickets
No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • With a restricted permit, in whichever lot the permit is valid
  • Side streets (one hour only)
  • Visitor lots
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Any general lot when there is a special event on campus
  • Street parking that has no time limit
Getting a Parking Permit
General and restricted permits are decided through a lottery. Permits for general lots are handed out generously, therefore lots fill up quickly. Students who receive general permits are placed on a wait-list to obtain permits for restricted lots of choice.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
(303) 871-3210
Did You Know?
Parking tickets issued by DU's Parking Department often go unpaid and unnoticed. Unpaid city and county parking tickets, however, can lead to a boot on your car that costs $50 to remove, plus the fine of all accumulated parking tickets.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 95 responses

  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 86 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 6 responses

  • 43% Side streets (one hour only)
  • 43% Visitor lots
  • 14% Its an urban campus so lots of street parking

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Street
  • 17% Campus lots
  • 17% Street parking that has no time limit
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