Salt Lake City, UT
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3 College Freshman

Parking: There needs to be much more parking on campus to account for the nights of the foot ball games which take over the entire campus and make parking a nightmare. A multi level parking facility at the stadium would solve a great deal of these problems, but would cause a lot of head aches while it would be built.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Ticketing and fines are not too bad because you can appeal those if you honestly did not know you weren't supposed to park there. For a semester permits range from 80-180 dollars. There is definitely not a need for a car on campus because there is so much public transportation around campus such as campus shuttles, UTA buses, and UTA Trax. Parking spaces are really hard to find and if you do it is a really long walk from where you need to be.

3 College Freshman

Parking: So far away from everything, and very hard to find any parking, but hey at least I get exercise.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I live on campus so I don't usually have to deal with parking at the dorms is extremely easy. Plenty of parking. Unless a lot of snow I ride my bike to classes or take the shuttle, which is also really easy to do. You can get from one side of the campus to the other within 15 minutes walking so taking a bike is even quicker. The biggest thing between most other colleges though is that the University of Utah Annual Parking Permits is very reasonable compared to other colleges I considered that were double or triple the cost, IF they even allowed freshmen to have cars their first year. So I don't have any complaints about parking.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are never enough parking spots on campus. I have heard several people complain about the lack of parking. We do have a nice shuttle system that usually runs on time. I usually walk to campus and do not need to have a car. For those that commute parking can be a real pain.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1237th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1303rd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1316th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

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Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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Because the U is a “commuter campus,” with the majority of students living off campus (and, of course, staff and faculty who drive to work, too), parking is at a premium. This is exacerbated by the fact that public transportation has been historically weak in Utah, and it still is in many ways. While there are many, many parking spots, there aren’t very many convenient parking spots. Everyone wants parking to be cheap, convenient, and plentiful, but it just can’t be all of those things at the same time. The ease of finding a parking spot depends greatly upon when you have your classes. The busiest parking time is between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., as most classes are held during these times. If you park on campus at 7 a.m. or after noon, you should be fine. Parking after 6 p.m. is free, so students taking night classes won’t have to pay for a pass. The economy pass is a much better deal, as the standard lots are only a few dozen yards away from the economy lots—not much more convenient.

The ticket-giving parking enforcement (referred to as the “Parking Nazis”) patrol the campus with handheld computers, dispensing tickets with no remorse. They’ll hang around parking meters, waiting for the time to run out. If you have three unpaid tickets, they will have your car booted. Tickets are usually only $15, but they represent a significant amount of income to the University, and so they take tickets very seriously. And don’t try to outwit the Parking Nazis in any way, shape, or form; they know every trick. But if you do get a ticket, try to appeal it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $136 for U pass (standard) per year
  • $67 for E pass (economy) per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • No parking zone: $15
  • Fire lane: $30
  • Disabled parking: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Union
  • Stadium
  • Near residence halls
Getting a Parking Permit
The A pass is great, but to get one, students need to jump through some serious hoops or come from a family that donated a new wing to the hospital. The U pass is only slightly better than the E pass, but there are more U lots than E lots. Therefore, it might be worth it, depending on where your classes are. After 3 p.m., the lots all "upgrade," so an E pass is good for a U lot and the U pass is good for the A lot. That's a bit of a tease, since virtually no one has classes then, but if you do, take advantage of it. Anyone can buy a parking pass (there's no "lottery" or such nonsense), but there's no guarantee you'll get a spot. Students can purchase permits online through the Commuter Services Web site.
Parking Services
Commuter Services
1901 E. South Campus Dr. #101
(801) 581-6415

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 138 responses

  • 24% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% At the LDS Institute.
  • 24% Stadium
  • 18% Theres not a lot
  • 15% Fort Douglas
  • 9% Near residence halls
  • 9% The Union

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 131 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 47% Anywhere close by after 9 am.
  • 37% Near the Union
  • 10% The street by the Pioneer Theatre.
  • 7% The engineer lot
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