Parking is quite possibly the No. 1 complaint around campus. Like most other universities, there is a very limited number of parking spaces for what seems like an unlimited number of cars. Often, students will be late for class because they are looking for a parking space. If you do not have guaranteed parking for your off-campus housing, it becomes even harder to find a long-term parking spot. Students living in the residence halls can park in the Hawk Lot—a giant parking lot about a 30-minute bus ride from campus. Buses go to the lot about every half-hour, so it's not too bad.
The University does what it can in terms of offering parking for its students, but when the financial situation comes down to the choice of more parking spaces or a new building for academics, the new building wins—as it should. A lot of students complain of a lack of parking in the downtown area, but if you leave more than 10 minutes before your class, you can usually find parking within a reasonable walking distance and won't be late. If you are trying to find parking during the weekend, good luck. However, almost everybody at UI lives within walking distance of downtown, and, if not, there are several cab companies in the area.