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3 College Senior

Parking: Most of the time parking is horrible. If you park at a meter, they will definitely ticket you if you go over even a little bit. Ticketing always seems to be outrageous too.

1 College Junior


1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking at Ball State is absolutely absurd. The lack of spots is stressful enough, and it's even worse that the campus police are so strict about the time slots when we can park on campus. I had a friend park and go inside her room to grab something and went right back out and had received a ticket because it wasn't 7:00 yet. We should be able to park our cars for five minutes without the fear of getting a ticket. Ball State already scams us for our money in multiple ways, and I feel that ticketing us for every god-given parking mistake is outrageous. I almost got a ticket on a Sunday where I was parked in front of Stu West after the weekend and I was unloading my car. I walked out to my car a little after 7:00 and a lady was about to give me a ticket. There is no reasons I should not be able to unload my car on the weekend without the fear of getting a ticket.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be quite a pain in the butt unless you have connections or a parking pass. When I lived on campus, I used to park at a friends house. Once I moved off campus, I decided to just suck it up and pay for the commuter parking pass. Whether or not if you own a parking pass, there is never a guarantee on finding parking.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Very costly for on campus parking pass.


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Finding a parking space on campus can be an epic battle. Everywhere you look, there are no-parking signs. Ball State Parking Services workers can smell an illegally parked car from a mile away. Students say Parking Services is without conscience, a loathsome and sadistic group, bent on making student drivers miserable.

Freshman drivers are forced to park at the stadium, which is a hike in the truest sense. Although the Ball State shuttle bus goes by the stadium, the trip can take a very long time. Many students said it is best for freshmen to leave their cars at home and wait until they are upperclassmen and can get a better spot to bring it to campus. For many freshman students, not having a car isn't that big of a deal, as they tend to stay close to campus anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
At the stadium
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$315 annually for restricted surface lot
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • Fire lane: $25
  • No parking one: $25
  • Handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The side streets off of campus
  • On University Avenue across from the Student Center in the evening
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • On New York and Neeley avenues
  • On University Avenue during the day
  • In the lot behind the Art and Journalism building
  • Basically anywhere on campus during a week day
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits can range from $70 to $350, depending on the parking location and the availability of spaces. It's best to get a permit a semester in advance and keep an eye on the waiting lists for a better spot. This does not apply to freshman students, who must park in the stadium parking lot.
Parking Services
Office of Parking Services
L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room L-1
(765) 285-1208

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 214 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 211 responses

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