Ann Arbor, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
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3 College Freshman

Parking: Finding parking is usually difficult / impossible

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car on campus

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is the worst at the University of Michigan. Only New York would be harder to park in.

College Freshman

Parking: I never need to park because the bus system is so efficient.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are a few parking garages that would be nice to park in but they are permit only.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1259th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1372nd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1379th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
International Studies
Grad Year
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If students were to choose one major drawback about Michigan, it would undoubtedly be the parking. With the exception of a few parking garages that fill up quickly, Ann Arbor is a major metropolitan city where walking and biking is the fastest (and least frustrating) method of transportation. Students who bring cars must purchase parking permits in order to use University lots. Most recommend leaving your car at home, as almost anything you need can be found within walking distance. Public transportation can be used in the chance that you do need to leave Ann Arbor.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
North or South Campus orange lots
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Parking permits are available to junior, senior, and graduate students; freshmen and sophomores are only eligible for student storage parking permits.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $200 per year for storage permit
  • $70 per year for Orange student lots
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • No parking zone: $25
  • Fire lane: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $115
Best Places to Find a Spot
On the street
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
State Street during the day
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are few and far between. Since there is no specific student parking lot, one must be crafty (and rich) to get a permit. Most parking facilities are monitored and available only to employees of the University.
Parking Services
Parking & Transportation Services
1500 E. Medical Center Dr.
(734) 763-5555

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 156 responses

  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 46% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 7% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 148 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 18 responses

  • 52% Parking garage
  • 19% On the street
  • 15% Meter Parking
  • 15% North Campus

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 64% State Street during the day
  • 32% South University Street
  • 5% Mary Markley Hall on Weekends
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