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3 College Senior

Parking: Campus is filled with meters at almost every parking spot around campus. Many have a 2 hour limit. Parking in Urbana is nice because it is free at 8pm and on weekends while in Champaign it is only free after 9pm. If you are parked in a meter during times where you have to pay the meter but don't, that is a $10-15 ticket which isn't so bad. But there is really no need for a car if you live near campus because there are many buses which pass every 10 to 15 minutes or everything is pretty much walking distance.

3 College Junior

Parking: Permits are 600, tickets are 50, then 100 i think. You don't really need a car because the bus go through campus and to all the main places in Champaign.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is extremely expensive. Parking is just like rent, outrageous.

3 College Freshman

Parking: if you want to stay on campus a car is not necessary the buses are great and easy to use. if you like to go off campus to get groceries a car is convenient because of how quick it is and you can go whenever you want. parking for the school all year is kind of expensive, tickets and fines are pretty annoying to worry about but i never seen that happen to anyone , parking spots if your visiting are really easy and usually there are open parking garages and parking by the sports fields that are free

College Junior

Parking: don't have a car here, so not too sure


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

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Emily Thiersch
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?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
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

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 172 responses

  • 10% 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.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 10% 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 163 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 20 responses

  • 58% Meters after 5 p.m.
  • 15% Meters off of Daniels or Third Street
  • 15% Parking garage or parking by the fields
  • 12% Park east of Lincoln.. it's "off campus" and free

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 45% Around dorms, due to it being crowded
  • 42% By classes/the Quad
  • 13% The ARC
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