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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The best time to find a parking spot is in the morning at 7am - 9am. The cost for a parking permit is quite expensive, but if students work at the school they can receive a discount.

3 College Student

Parking: I don't have a car

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3 College Freshman

Parking: they make you pay even if you don't have a car and he spots fill up very quickly and when we have a game oh man there are no spots for the students really .

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permits are too expensive compared to other schools or businesses. Also it would be nice if we could park closer to class.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The campus itself is very big and parking is therefore expanded to any who have vehicles. There is also buses to transport students to different locations on the campus. The only time the parking lots may become full is if there is a big event going on.


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Parking causes a little bit of conflict for many students. There is a limited amount of parking spaces, especially if you stay in the traditional dorms. The newer dorms have a little more parking available, but students still have to fight for a spot. The worst thing about student parking is when there are big athletic events. If students leave campus on a game day and then return when the game is about to start, students will be charged a fee for parking, even though they live on campus and have already paid for campus parking. Students always complain about this, but because they can't do anything about it, they grit their teeth and make the best of the situation.

The parking fee is included in tuition. Even if you don't have a car, you still are required to pay the fee for parking. A parking permit is probably no more than $100 per semester, which is a lot cheaper than many other universities.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Included in the tuition
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Mamie Labon Foster Living/Learning Complex
  • Patton Hall
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Near the traditional residence halls
Getting a Parking Permit
You need to complete the vehicle registration form found online and then return it to the Department of Public Safety. There, you can obtain a parking decal.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
4900 Meridian St.
(256) 372-5555

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 55 responses

  • 25% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 59 responses

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