Parking

Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Undergrads
17,518
Tuition (in-state)
$22,642 ($7,139)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you don't take 7:30 am or night classes, parking options are sparse. It's best to live as close to campus as possible to skip the need of driving to school.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is ridiculous! Not only are there a very limited amount of parking spots, but the cost for the permit is ridiculous! I recommend either using public transportation or taking an LDS institute class and getting free parking that way.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Find a parking spot is near impossible when there are events, but otherwise you should be able to find a few spots.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is really cheap, but there is never any parking available after 9 am

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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Hometown
Salt Lake City, UT
Major
Marketing/Finance
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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?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
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
comments@parking.utah.edu
www.parking.utah.edu

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 29% Stadium
  • 25% At the LDS Institute.
  • 16% Theres not a lot
  • 12% Near residence halls
  • 11% Fort Douglas
  • 7% The Union

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 141 responses

  • 23% 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.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 143 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 30 responses

  • 51% Anywhere close by after 9 am.
  • 38% Near the Union
  • 7% The street by the Pioneer Theatre.
  • 4% The engineer lot
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