A main issue is freshmen not being able to park on campus. This obviously limits the ability to get off campus, and freshmen are forced to take public transportation or other means to get off campus. Another qualm is the location of the lots; none of them are close to Residential Quad dorms, and you will be walking no matter where you park. Parking services are also more than willing to give out tickets if you are parked illegally. Many students feel this is unfair, since space is limited and students are then penalized repeatedly. This is in addition to not-so-cheap prices for permits; they cost a pretty penny, which must be shelled out each year if you want a spot.
Parking could stand to be improved at UR, and it is a problem recognized by the administration, but the archaic system remains the same. There is simply too little space for too many students, and the parking office ends up overselling the lots as a result. It feels often that their main focus is to hand out as many tickets as possible. The average upperclassman at UR may need more than one hand to count how many tickets they've been slapped with during the academic year. There is an appeals process, but it is somewhat arduous, and students end up paying up rather than dealing with the hassle. Trying to deal with the staff at parking can also be exasperating, and it's better avoided.