Knoxville, TN
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3 College Senior

Parking: there is construction so what do you expect

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible and Parking Services are AWFUL.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on UT's campus is pretty tough to come by, especially if you are trying to find a spot for class. I usually walk to class, because it's a lot easier than driving around to find a spot.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Living in the dorms, parking was a nightmare. It was hard to find a close spot, and sometimes we'd be forced to park in the creepy garages late at night. Plus, the passes are expensive and it is unclear where the correct parking spaces are.

2 College Junior

Parking: We're a large school. Permits cost a couple hundred dollars a semester, but the school seems to sell more parking permits than they have parking spots. I have talked to many students and there have been several instances in which students get parking tickets or are late to class because they are unable to find any parking on campus, even when they arrive early. I would definitely say that there is a lot of room for improvement with UT's parking system.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1313rd
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1362nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1391st
    Best Parking Availability

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Kristen Lewis
Litchfield, NH
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It is rather expensive to obtain a parking pass at UT, and students describe the parking situation as inadequate and rarely reliable. Both the UTPD and City of Knoxville will issue parking tickets, and they can get pretty expensive with habitual parking violations. There are not many college campuses that offer a perfect parking environment, so it is one inconvenience you will have to bear anywhere.

Parking is a classic gripe here at UT. There are even bumper stickers that voice the many parking woes of UT. It is all a game finding the good spots at the good times and avoiding tickets. Of course, if you do not come to UT with a vehicle, it is not your problem. If so, pay attention to which lots you are entitled to and those you are not, and plan ahead for walking distances and spot hunting. Remember, parking a large blue Hummer beside Ayres Hall is the fastest and easiest way to make a generous donation to Parking Services.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $162 per year for commuter
  • $253 per year for non-commuter
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter : $24 for registered vehicles, $42 for non-registered
  • Fire lane : $42, plus $42 towing fee and a $3 daily storage fee
  • No parking zone : $42, plus $42 towing fee and a $3 daily storage fee
  • Handicapped zone : $200 citation plus $42 towing fee and $3 daily storage fee
Best Places to Find a Spot
Spots in dorm parking lots are relatively easy to find in the late afternoon and on weekends. On weekdays at 9 a.m., they begin to fill up.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Volunteer Boulevard beside Circle Park and the Humanities building
  • On game day, you might as well be panning for gold in the Tennessee River. Parking spots will be nearly impossible to find.
Getting a Parking Permit
There are Commuter, Fraternity (only available to active brothers), Motorcycle, Non-commuter, Perimeter, and Staff permits. Students who do not register for these permits should register for an “E” tag, which is free, but does not legally allow parking anywhere. It will only reduce the fine because your vehicle is registered with UT.
Parking Services
Parking and Transit Services
2121 Stephenson Dr.
(865) 974-6031

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 120 responses

  • 22% 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.
  • 44% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 118 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 16 responses

  • 50% No where. Most lots are staff. Small commuter lots
  • 25% It depends on if and where you live/have classes
  • 15% Street Parking In Front of the T-REC
  • 10% Street Parking in front of Hoskins Library

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 39% On the street
  • 35% All commuter spots during scheduled class times
  • 26% Any Non-Commuter Lot
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