Missoula, MT
Tuition (in-state)
$20,896 ($6,071)
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2 College Freshman

Parking: I live on campus so my car is always parked but the lots get fill very fast and its hard to find a spot.

College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking fills up very quickly, even though the majority of students who live off-campus tend to walk, bike, or take the bus to school. I feel that permits are expensive, but that's coming from a college student who doesn't have much money. They are very strict on parking, but give about ten-fifteen minutes leeway for expired parking tickets in designated areas. It is more convenient to not have a car on campus as everything on campus is within walking/biking distance and parking space is limited unless you want to wake up fairly early to drive to school.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is terrible. Even if you buy a pass, it is hard to find spots

2 College Junior

Parking: It costs 90 dollars per semester for a parking pass, which is relatively cheap (around a dollar a day for parking), but there aren't enough spots. Students are fined if they park near the football stadium during games, which is ridiculous.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1130th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1332nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1385th
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Steven
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UM students can only guarantee a parking spot at 6 a.m. or 3 p.m. All times in between are a "zoo," to use Missoula's city nickname. Although the campus has more than 10 parking lots, UM sells parking permits at 30 percent over capacity. However, despite the deficient parking, many people protest the idea of creating more parking spaces because it would be taking open space and putting concrete on it. These environmentalist versus practicality views clash when any discussion of parking enters the conversation.

In response to the parking problem, Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) organized a bus transportation system called the Park-N-Ride, which picks up students living in University housing (such as Lewis and Clark, and University Villages) every 15 to 20 minutes. Even people who do not live in Lewis and Clark or University Villages can drive to that bus stop, park their car for free, and ride the bus to campus (thus, where the bus gets its name). In addition, the main community bus system, Mountain Line, provides free rides to students who present a Griz Card. Many UM students do not drive or take buses to school, though; they ride their bikes. Known for its bike culture, Missoula has roadways and paths for safe biking. The UM campus itself hosts thousands of bike racks to accommodate the plentiful population of students who ride their bikes to school.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are several student-only parking lots, but still not enough parking lots to accommodate all students who have a parking pass.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Dorm parking is guaranteed.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$185 per year
Common Parking Tickets
Parking without a pass: $25
Getting a Parking Permit
You can sign up online on CyberBear, the same service you use to pay campus housing and tuition, and then you will get a pass mailed to you.
Parking Services
Public Safety
32 Campus Dr.
(406) 243-6132
Did You Know?
The parking office gives the "Go Green Permit," which give discounts to owners of hybrid and electrical vehicles with a fuel consumption rate of 50 miles per gallon.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 76 responses

  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 49% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 71 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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