Austin, TX
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3 College Junior

Parking: Costs are subpar but the need isn't there

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5 College Freshman

Parking: There are many parking places on campus & they aren't too far from dorms or class buildings

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are many parking options but the ones closest to the dorms must be vacated by permit holders on home football game days to may room for visitors.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: parking is usually in a garage and you have to pay for it. you don't really need a car to get to class or go anywhere at all you can just use the bus.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I honestly don't own a car, but from what my friends tell me, the parking isn't the best.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1366th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1376th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1390th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Houston, TX
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One universal truth at the University of Texas is that parking sucks! I really don't even recommend buying an on-campus parking permit if you can avoid it. The number of students more than triples the number of parking spaces available on campus, and that does not even factor in the faculty and staff. One way that you can get around the parking nightmare is if you have a motorcycle, as a motorcycle permit is relatively inexpensive, and there is almost always a place on campus to park your bike. Really don't try to park on campus without a permit. The guards will not even let you drive on campus unless you have a UT permit until after 5:45 p.m. So unless you can sneak around them, you don't even have the opportunity to look around for a nonexistent parking space to get a ticket in.

If you live near campus, you are in luck-most apartments come with parking spaces. But if you have several roommates, know that most apartments come with one parking space per bedroom. The parking situation is not only horrible on campus, but is also horrible in all areas surrounding campus, such as West Campus. So if you don't have a spot at your apartment, it is not the easiest task to find one everyday. The best ways to avoid the parking hassles are to walk to class, bike to class, or take one of the many buses that travel all over Austin and to the University.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Unauthorized parking in a state vehicle or university vehicle space: $20
  • Parking without an authorized valid permit: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Parking in an at-all-times space requiring a specific permit: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $150
  • Possession, counterfeiting, altering of parking permit and or possession of lost or stolen permit: $150, plus the cost of the permit
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Brazos Garage
  • 27th Street Garage
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Everywhere! There are 70,000 students, faculty, and staff at UT, and only 14,000 parking spaces, so good luck!
Getting a Parking Permit
The following permits are available: C+ - Available to all students for use in any UT student "C" lots, "Longhorn" lots, and University garages: $170 annually; R - Available to on-campus resident students only for use in University garages: $677-$743 fall and spring, $376-$413 fall or spring, $131-$170 summer; S - Available to commuting Students for use in University garages: $602 annually, $287 fall or spring, $131 summer; DC - Available to students with valid Texas disability placard or license plate to be used in any "D" parking space: $110 annually; N - Available to all students, faculty, and staff for use in any University garage during evenings and weekends only: $110 annually or $60 in conjunction with C permit; M - Available to all students, faculty, and staff for parking motorcycles in "M" permit parking areas: $66 annually.
Parking Services
Trinity Parking Garage
1815 Trinity St.
(512) 471-7275
Did You Know?
The availability (or unavailability) of parking is is why it is best to live at in an apartment building with parking that is close enough to campus that you can walk to class. Your other option is living on a bus route so that you can take a bus to campus. Parking on campus is not your best option by any means.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 208 responses

  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 193 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 14 responses

  • 71% Brazos Garage
  • 18% 27th Street Garage
  • 12% Trinty Garage

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 45% Anywhere conveinent
  • 35% Anywhere
  • 20% Dean keaton
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