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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is what I hear is the most frustrating to students on campus. The school is growing every day with more students and more buildings so it's hard to place parking locations while it's expanding within itself. There is hardly any room to grow but it's happening anyways.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It would be better if the parking lot was larger to accommodate more people.

2 College Junior

Parking: BYU-I NEEDS to build more parking or put in a parking garage if they want people to come to their school.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There really aren't that many spots for free parking for when you have people that come visit you, like family or friends. It's really hard to find a parking spot where you don't need a permit and its free.

2 College Junior

Parking: it's costly. I would recommend walking or riding a bike..


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Parking is a sore topic for many students. There are not as many parking lots or even parking spaces for the number of students owning cars. The parking lots that are available are primarily on only one side of campus, so if students do drive, they’ll still end up walking across campus to get to class.

That being said, BYU-Idaho is a small campus. Students can cross from one side to the other in about 15 minutes on average by walking. Most housing complexes are only one to two streets away from the campus, if not just across the street. Even community housing for married students and students with a family is within a reasonable walking distance. There are still students who do have to travel a couple of miles to get to campus, either because they live in a nearby city or at a local residence outside the main parts of town—these students are who the parking is intended for. For most students, walking is less of a hassle, and they don’t mind having to walk when they know they’ll eventually end up walking across campus anyway.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Anywhere B parking is designated, students can park with a campus-issued parking pass. With a University (city parking) pass, you can only park on the U designated stalls. B Parking is found by the Hart, Snow, Ricks, Hinckley, Kimball, Taylor, and campus streets by the Kimball and Austin. U Parking is along all the streets surrounding campus, along the Hart, Spori, Kirkham, Clark, and Smith.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$10-$30 (3 months-1 year)
Common Parking Tickets
Parking without the right permit or without a permit at all: $10
Getting a Parking Permit
It is easy to get a parking permit. You just have to visit the parking office in the Kimball and request one. The cost is $10. There is also city parking on the streets surrounding campus that you have to get through the city at the City Administration Building. The cost is $15 for three months, $30 for the year.
Parking Services
Parking Services Office
150H Kimball Building
(208) 496-3266
Did You Know?
University Relations has recently promoted walking on campus and increased public knowledge of the new parking regulations. At the beginning of the fall 2009 semester, the parking policies were adjusted to include city and campus parking, designated by U and B parking. For many students, this has created unnecessary confusion, but overall, the University believes it has created more order for students who have to drive to school and encouraged more students that can walk to walk.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 331 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 335 responses

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