Athens, GA
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1 College Senior

Parking: I wish we have plenty of free parking spot on the campus.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is expensive and spots are limited. Applying for a parking pass is a hassle and very expensive. Parking off campus is cheaper, but cannot get you close to campus (you'll still have a 15-20 minute walk to class, generally). Parking fines are expensive too- more expensive than the city of Athens parking fines.

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3 College Student

Parking: Parking is expensive and campus is huge. Sometimes it is hard to find a place to park

3 College Junior

Parking: Honestly, it depends on where you are trying to get. It mostly comes down to luck and whether or not you have to park on the opposite side of campus that you're trying to reach.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: There is parking everywhere at the school and almost always easy to find a parking spot. Permit costs are a little on the expensive side, but it's worth it because if you get a ticket, those are always expensive.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 885th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1315th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1331st
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Norfolk, VA
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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Parking is complicated. All undergraduates apply online for their top three lot or deck choices. Each lot and deck has a code, and can be found on the map on the Parking Services Web site. The prices vary according to the location of the space. No undergrad is guaranteed to get one of his or her top three choices. For that matter, no undergrad is guaranteed to get any spot at all, but they do the best they can. Anyone dissatisfied with the space they are given, or students who did not receive anything, remain in the lottery, and it is run every so often to ensure that the spots given up are offered to others in an effort to alleviate the parking madness. A new deck was built at the East Campus Village that offers 850 spaces for students. Parking illegally is a common offense on UGA's campus. Parking Services religiously scours every lot and every floor of every deck several times a day to make sure the proper tags or stickers are displayed. If you park illegally, even for five minutes, there's a good chance you'll get caught.

Relying on just finding a random spot close to campus is not something I would recommend to anyone. If you live off campus, and don't get a spot you like in the lottery, don't just assume you'll be able to find a street spot every weekday morning. After five, if you have a meeting or want to study at the SLC, there is a free lot right next to it. Also, the faculty lot behind the journalism building is available after five. The pay lot at the Tate Center does not charge students after 10 p.m., and is also close to the SLC.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$35–$400 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20 on campus, $6 downtown
  • Fire lane: $25, plus $65 automatic tow
  • Handicapped zone: $75
  • No parking zone: $15
  • Parking without permit: $35
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Tate Center pay lot
  • Broad Street
  • Downtown
  • Finley Street by the high-rise dorms
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Baxter Street
Getting a Parking Permit
Faculty and grad students get priority selection for parking permits. Students living in the dorms are also given priority for lots near their dorms. All undergrads put in a request online for their top three parking lot or deck choices. Permits are awarded by lottery, and students will receive a sticker or tag to indicate that they have a spot in a given area. There are many parking spaces on campus, but still not enough spots for everyone.
Parking Services
325 River Rd.
(706) 542-7275
Did You Know?
If you accumulate three or more parking tickets, your car will be booted, and you will be unable to drive until you pay up.

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 47% Tate Center pay lot
  • 13% Downtown
  • 13% Finley Street by the high-rise dorms
  • 13% The Classic Center has the most & cheapest parking
  • 7% Broad Street
  • 3% School of Music lot permit
  • 3% Nowhere unless you have a permit

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 190 responses

  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 59% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% 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 190 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 26 responses

  • 37% Anywhere unless you have a parking pass
  • 26% Anywhere
  • 18% Baxter Street
  • 16% Lumpkin street
  • 3% Finley Street
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