Parking

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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1 College Sophomore

Parking: KU parking is not good at all, there is always so much construction.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There were hardly ever spots, and ticketing was a little to expensive for a broke college student.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Sometimes you have to park far away because everyone else is already there even if you are an hour early for your class.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I have to show up early just to make sure I find a spot and get to class on time

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is bad I've heard. But I walk to campus and avoid the issue completely.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1045th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1165th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1238th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Students aren’t thrilled with the parking situation at KU. The parking department oversells lots, so finding a parking spot at busy times of the day in the dorms can a real pain. Parking on campus isn’t allowed until after 5 p.m., and students have to be very sure they read all signs in the area—tickets are given out at KU like they’re going out of style. Parking on campus after 5 p.m. is hit or miss, and spots can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Parking at the Union is a sure bet if you’re really needing a spot, but they are all metered spots, and an expired meter will cost you $20.

Even if you park in allowed lots, like the Rec Center with a special permit, the walk to classes is still a bit long. Thankfully, the University has an extensive bus system, and you can always find a convenient bus stop. Students living within a reasonable distance from campus usually prefer to walk in order to avoid potentially messy parking situations.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $190 per year for resident students
  • $230 per year for garage parking
  • $90 per year for commuters
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter on campus: $20
  • Fire lane: $65
  • Handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
The Student Recreation Fitness Center
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus, especially before football or basketball games
Getting a Parking Permit
The parking permits are available for just about anybody and can be purchased depending on your needs. Each parking area is labeled by color: gold, blue, red, and yellow. There are metered spots within the parking lots as well. Campus is closed to through traffic until 5 p.m., therefore students have to find a spot around campus or in one of the big lots before then. The parking department oversells the lots, and sometimes students have a hard time finding a spot.
Parking Services
KU Parking and Transit
(785) 864-7275
kupark@ku.edu
www.ku.edu/~parking

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 106 responses

  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 39% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 28 responses

  • 42% Honestly, ride the bus
  • 32% Anywhere you can find one, there is no best place.
  • 18% The Student Recreation Fitness Center
  • 5% The parking garage if all else fails ($1.75).
  • 3% Buy a motorcycle or moped

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 67% Everywhere; parking sucks
  • 26% Close to class.
  • 7% The dorm parking lot
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