Parking

Location
Nashville, TN
Undergrads
6,731
Tuition
$42,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Always difficult to find a spot, and once you think you've found one, you get a ticket.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Vanderbilt is not great, we're not meant to be a commuter school. It's expensive to park and difficult to find open spots.

4 College Freshman

Parking: You don't really need a car but parking is pretty easy if you want. Just don't park where they tell you not to or you'll get a ticket that isn't enforced so you won't have to pay it.

College Freshman

Parking: I'm still a freshman so I don't have experience with campus parking.

College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car so I don't care about parking at all

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1126th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1127th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1287th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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The Office of Traffic and Parking sees the students as a source of income. Parking is much more expensive than it should be, and they will not hesitate to write you a ticket or tow your car should you not be in the spot they assigned you. To add insult to injury, they will find a spot for your car in the garage that is geographically farthest away from where your dorm is.

The main thing to remember is that nobody is forcing you to bring a car, and at a school that is as self-contained as Vanderbilt, there is really no need for one. High parking rates are just part of the package if you decide to bring your car to school; there's no way around it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
No
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$252 per year (non-reserved permit); $880 per year (reserved permit)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
On West End next to Towers, right behind Branscomb Hall
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Near Alumni Lawn
Getting a Parking Permit
On campus, reserved and commuter parking are available through the Office of Traffic and Parking.
Parking Services
Office of Traffic and Parking
(615) 322-2554

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 44 responses

  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 2% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% On campus
  • 33% Carmichael Towers and nearby lots
  • 11% Police Station
  • 11% The Rec
  • 11% Wherever you're zoned.
  • 0% Near Alumni Lawn

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 5 responses

  • 67% Off campus
  • 17% Kensington Garage
  • 17% Streets around Greek houses
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