Students are constantly talking about Public Safety’s ticketers (the students that walk around and give parking tickets). Trying to break the parking rules without getting caught is almost impossible, and fighting a ticket once you get it is even worse. All students are allowed to purchase parking permits, which currently cost $78 for a full year, and USD claims they don’t sell more permits than parking spots, but no student really believes that. Parking lots fill up early in the morning and stay full until mid-afternoon, meaning you’ll either drive in circles waiting for a spot to open or get frustrated and go park six blocks from campus. Unfortunately, access to a car is necessary in order to survive in Vermillion, so not worrying about parking is nearly impossible, especially if you plan on heading out of town on the weekends.
Off campus, parking in Vermillion doesn’t necessarily get any better. Many of the streets only allow parking from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., and some aren’t clearly identified, causing the person parking to really have to think about whether or not they can legally park there. The city banned parking overnight on Main Street, and it has received a lot of negative feedback from students who argue that the city is encouraging drunk driving by not allowing students to legally leave cars parked overnight. Because of the complaints, the city has provided some free public parking areas, but there are still concerns.