Parking

Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Student

Parking: There are very limited places to park on campus and it costs a a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are not very many parking options, but there are meters and UIUC parking lots after a certain hour. Some spots require city parking permits.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: From what I understand it's pretty cheap for Big 10 parking and I found it reasonable. A bus pass is included in your tuition which makes getting to classes easier so long as you plan ahead.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is alright. Paying for a spot is expensive.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I am not a driver on campus, but from what I see and hear, there are always available spots and pretty good location.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1230th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1312nd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1339th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
Wilmette, Ill.
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Finding a parking spot on campus is pretty much impossible. If you have a yearning to drive to class-and when it is 19 degrees outside, who can blame you? You will find yourself circling the streets, chasing after anyone who looks like they might be leaving their parking spot. If you have to leave your car for more than a couple of hours, you might as well just take the bus or walk, unless you are rich and you want to spend $5 on parking a day. If you have just a quick errand or one class, allot yourself some searching time. Look out for the parking police who take their job very seriously. You would think they are on a mission to save the free world or something, with the zeal they have for their job. If you are a student living in the dorms, you should pretty much give up on having your car with you. The student parking lots are blocks away from most of the dorms, although people who live in FAR/PAR are conveniently close to F23. If you are living in private housing or an apartment, finding a permanent space won't be a problem, although it may be costly. U of I really needs to build more student lots, and, someday, maybe they will use all the money they make from tickets to do so, but for right now, this campus is a parking nightmare.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$480-$540 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Meters around the Quad (usually full, unless you come right before the hour, when students leave class)
  • Meters off of Daniels or Third Street
  • Apartment lots (but don't leave your car for too long, or you will get towed!)
  • Meters after 5 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Urbana-Champaign . . . especially anything on or near Green Street.
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can get a permit pretty easily. Unfortunately, only two lots are open for student use, F23 and E14, both of which are a good walk from campus and the dorms. To get a permit, all you have to do is call the office and reserve one. When you pick it up, you need your license plate number, registration, driver’s license, and payment.
Parking Services
Facilities and Services Parking Department
Public Safety Building, MC-241
1110 W. Springfield Ave.
(217) 333-3530
comments2@oandm.uiuc.edu
www.parking.uiuc.edu

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 165 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 10% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 149 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 13 responses

  • 56% Around dorms, due to it being crowded
  • 25% By classes/the Quad
  • 19% The ARC

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 75% Meters after 5 p.m.
  • 25% Meters off of Daniels or Third Street
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