Parking and permits at Ave Maria are basically hassle-free. The process by which students attain a parking permit is remarkably easy. In addition, the permits are free. As far as the parking itself is concerned, the search for a space never really lasts too long. Since there are so few students, spaces are never entirely filled up at the dorms or buildings. The only time parking may be difficult to come by is when there is an event going on in town. If that's the case, however, there isn't a real need to go in a car since the town is literally right across the street from campus.
Campus security is pretty fair with enforcement, and since there is abundant parking, there isn't any real need to break parking rules, so students don't generally run into ticketing problems. Overall, Ave Maria parking is generally a relatively painless experience for students.