Parking

Location
Eau Claire, WI
Undergrads
9,669
Tuition (in-state)
$16,790 ($8,710)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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1 College Freshman

Parking: You WILL get a ticket. Don't even try.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If youre a freshman and without a job, DO NOT BRING A CAR. Parking spaces, especially on upper campus fill up extremely quick and the cost is quite high at the beginning of the year. If you are not a freshman and still living on campus, also seriously think about how badly you need to have a car. If your job requires it, the yeah get one. But be prepared to be forced to park quite a distance away from your dorm. Something that especially sucks during the fridged winters here.

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College Student

Parking: I do not have a car on campus so any opinion is based off of others views. Ticket givers are a little crazy since they get paid more the more tickets they give. Any parking spot near dorms are very hard to get if you are lucky enough to get a permit

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost is too high, plus there is not guarantee that the parking will be available.

3 College Junior

Parking: A year-long permit is a couple-hundred bucks. Parking for on-campus students is limited to lots by the dorms and one lot about a mile away. Spots in these lots are designated by lottery or by need (ex. off-campus job, off-campus field experience). Parking for off-campus students is located primarily on the outskirts of lower campus - closer to academic buildings. These permits are allotted according to need, I believe. There are also parking meters in a few lots - but check the limits, some are up to 3 hours, others are only for 20 minutes.
Living off campus this year, I decided not to buy a permit, and instead park on nearby streets. It's a little farther to walk (usually 2 or 3 blocks), and it can be tricky to find a spot, but it's manageable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1187th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1257th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1262nd
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Albrent
Hometown
Eau Claire, WI
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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Parking at the University is hard to come by most days. Unless you pay the $200 per semester for a residential permit, you will be gambling with finding a spot in the surrounding neighborhoods or on the side of the road down by Lower Campus. If you wish, you can constantly pay money to park your car in a meter spot, but that gets expensive fast.

The police do enforce parking. Many people will get tickets for expired meters or for parking where they are not supposed to park. If you want to be guaranteed a spot, it would be better to just pay the money and get a permit if your finances allow. You do not need a car to get around because the bus system works well, but it is a nice option to have.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are several student lots across campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Anyone who goes to the University is eligible for a parking spot.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • Economy/Bollinger (5-6 blocks away from campus): $105
  • Moped/Motorcycle: $22
  • Residential: $215
  • Student Commuter: $185
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improper permit display: $5
  • Improper parking: $10
  • Meter expired: $10
  • Permit required: $20
  • Prohibited parking: $30
  • Disabled parking stall violation: $50
  • Permit/ticket fraud: $95
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Haas parking lot
  • Hibbard parking lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Neighborhoods
  • Water Street
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are given a first-come-first-served basis, so you should apply for one as soon as you can. If you are living on campus, parking is done by lottery unless you need a spot for a job.
Parking Services
Department of Parking & Transportation Services
Schneider Hall, Room 106
www.uwec.edu/parking
Did You Know?
Since residential hall parking permits run out fast, your name will be put into a lottery so every student has an equal opportunity to receive a parking spot.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 48 responses

  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 35% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 47 responses

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