Minneapolis, MN
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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking rules don't make sense; you're liable to be tagged whenever

3 College Junior

Parking: The parking spots are always closed during the day because so many people commute to campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: Despite being a college campus where students are often far from home, options for students who wish to keep their own cars are severely limited and parking can cost an arm and a leg

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Actual Dinkytown you can usually find a spot, unless it is dinner time, around $4 an hour though. Dinkytown neighborhoods are free, but almost always full. You might have to walk a few blocks to get to your car.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Most people walk or use bikes around campus because there isn't a lot of parking space.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1324th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1346th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1351st
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
New Delhi, India
Communication Studies
Grad Year
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Parking is terrible around the University area. Whether on campus or off campus, it is difficult to find places to park without paying a ridiculous amount of money. Students who bring cars on campus enter the lottery system for parking, where a student chooses a lot or garage in which they want to park. The lottery decides who gets the parking space. The odds are based on how many students apply to get contracted parking. It is expensive to have contract parking, ranging from $65 to $150 a month on campus. Many off-campus apartments have parking options, too, but they are also expensive. There is daily parking available for those who bring their cars up for a weekend or so. Otherwise, there are parking meters on and off campus for temporary parking, but they are very limited, especially when construction is going on around campus. They are risky because of the chances of getting a ticket for expired meters. Students can park on streets in neighborhoods of St. Paul and sometimes in the Dinkytown area for free, but these are limited, as well. Most houses get some parking spaces with them.

All of this hassle is typical in the city environment in which the University is situated. Hence, if it is not necessary, students should consider not bringing their vehicles to school because parking is limited and expensive. Besides, the city transportation is very good around the campus area and takes students anywhere they want to go. Metro Transit bus passes are very popular with students and cost around $100 per semester for unlimited use. And the Campus Connector runs between the three campuses. Thus, bringing a car on campus is not a necessity. Not bringing a vehicle reduces the trouble of finding a spot, paying for parking, and/or getting a parking ticket.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Parking facilities include the Art Museum Garage, Armory Garage, Church Street Garage, East River Road Garage, Northrop Auditorium, Nolte Center Garage, and the University Office Plaza.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen can apply for lottery parking. But since most freshmen live in dorms, bringing a car along is not a necessity.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • Garage permits are $127.25 per month ($140.25 for reserved parking and $97 for evenings).
  • Lot permits are $65 per month ($78 for reserved parking and $34 for evenings).
  • Ramp permits are $97.25 per month ($110.25 for reserved parking and $74 for evenings).
  • There is daily parking available, ranging from $2 to max of $12. Some parking lots offer free parking after certain times. There are usually special arrangements made for event parking. Check for specifics.
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Deeper in Dinkytown or on Como-if you have a friend with an extra parking lot by their house, it is a good option.
  • St. Paul campus-park in the neighborhood for free and take the Connector to your destination.
  • Paid parking ramps or garages that are located in many areas across campus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • University Avenue or Fourth Street-restaurant patrons and commuters park here. It's very busy!
  • Metered parking all over campus-come early enough to snatch a spot.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking at the University of Minnesota requires a permit, which can be obtained through a lottery system where a student chooses a ramp or lot or garage in which to park. Usually students get the parking they desire, but some ramps are more in demand than others. So it is better to have a back-up plan in mind. Instructions about how to apply can be found on the Parking and Transportation Services website.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
300 Transportation and Safety Building
511 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 626-7275
Did You Know?
  • The U of M offers a car sharing/Zipcar facility. Zipcar is an on-campus car-sharing alternative to owning your own car. Wheels when you want them-for job interviews, to run errands, or to transport bulky items. The daily rates range from $8 per hour to $66 per day plus additional $35 per year membership for University students, employees, and staff. It is a 24/7 service. Other information can be found at:
  • Parking is also available for mopeds and motorcycles.
  • Odds are that two out of three students who apply get a parking contract.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 171 responses

  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 37% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% 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 168 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

  • 57% Parking ramps, meters, neighborhood streets.
  • 29% Neighborhoods around dinkytown
  • 14% Ramps

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 65% On campus
  • 35% Neighborhoods around dinkytown
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