Gainesville, FL
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Very little on campus parking available in close proximity to dorms.

3 College Junior

Parking: There are usually enough spots if you arrive to class early. But there are always some days when it is packed, but that's to be expected.

2 College Junior

Parking: It is very hard to find a spot on campus.

2 College Senior

Parking: There's no point in parking on campus if you're an undergraduate because there is almost nowhere to park and you have to pay for a permit. Take the bus instead (it's free!!!).

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3 College Freshman

Parking: It is pretty easy to find a parking spot on campus, and permits are a reasonable price. UFPD is really strict on parking, so if parked in the wrong place, you will be sure to get a ticket. You do not necessarily need a car because there are buses running all the time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1306th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1306th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1390th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
Grad Year
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Let us establish one thing right away: parking is atrocious at UF. If you are an incoming student, just think of this: there are more than 50,000 students in school and do you possibly think there are more than 50,000 parking spots for everyone? No. The parking patrol (might as well call them "Seminoles") are the enemy. Most students get ticketed at least once during their first semester. It seems like the parking police hunt for their prey as they park in the wrong area or when students have to move furniture into "luxurious" dorm rooms. The police have no remorse for you. When the tickets pile up, it can become a hassle for your bank account because they usually come at $30 a pop.

The best option for motorized transportation is the scooter. There is scooter parking everywhere, and you can see these bad boys virtually everywhere on campus. Scooters zoom by going at a top speed of 40 mph! The great thing about scooters is that there is parking right outside of your dorm hall! Be weary, though; if scooter parking does become overcrowded, you may have to double up in a spot, and if your wheel is outside of the white lines, have fun paying that ticket, too!

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots all over campus, as dictated by the colored decals.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Eligibility for parking depends on whether a student lives on or off campus and the number of credit hours earned.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$144 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $30
  • Wrong decal zone: $30
  • Handicapped zone: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Commuter lot
  • Hume Garage
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Residence hall parking garages
Getting a Parking Permit
Students must purchase decals online.
Parking Services
UF Transportation & Parking Services
254 Gale Lemerand Drive
(352) 392-7275
Did You Know?
A decal can be returned for a full refund within 15 calendar days of being purchased.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 320 responses

  • 15% 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.
  • 45% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 30% Nowhere.
  • 27% Commuter lot
  • 20% Hume Garage
  • 11% Reitz Union Garage
  • 9% Park and Ride at Southwest Rec
  • 2% By the stadium

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 320 responses

Very poor
  • 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 33 responses

  • 45% Everywhere! It's really hard to find parking at al
  • 33% You have to pay for a decal. Hard to find parking.
  • 17% Residence hall parking garages
  • 5% There is no parking.
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