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3 College Freshman

Parking: there are plenty of places to park, it just may not be the closest to your destination.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Always spaces available around community and parking lot.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is never a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There aren't that many spaces available sometimes, so it can be a pain walking in snow and ice to class. You may want to bring a car for the inevitable midnight trips to Wal-Mart, or hitch a ride from some other willing classmate.

2 College Junior

Parking: You don't really need a car on campus, however if you do have a car there is not a lot of places to park if you are going to drive to your classes.


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Cars are allowed all four years at DePauw, and with a $20 parking permit, you can find ample room to park your BMW next to frat guy Jon's Jeep or Joe's Mercedes. The beauty of parking on campus is that there's lots of it; the downside is that you may walk just as far to get your car as it would take you to walk to where you are planning to go. First year parking is located next door to residence halls; however, upperclassmen parking tends to be more scattered throughout campus. Upperclass sorority women fair the worst when it comes to parking since their houses have the least available spots, but even with a two-block walk, parking is of little concern.

The necessity of a car is questionable, but most people choose to have one. Like many other schools, people drive to class just to drive to class, or out of pure laziness. All classes and most collegiate activities are definitely within walking distance, and a shuttle is offered for the weekly Wal-Mart trips. People have cars all four years for the sheer comfort it offers; just in case one ever feels the need to get away or take part in the much acclaimed "Putnam County Covered Bridge Tour" (maps are available at all town shops and gas stations), their cars are needed. It also comes in handy for the always popular tailgate or a road trip to the many other Indiana schools nearby.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No valid or improperly displayed permit: $25
  • Parking in restricted area: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Olive Street lot
  • Hogate South lot
  • Hanna Street lot
  • If you live in your Greek House, you can usually get your own parking spot.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Streets surrounding sororities or fraternities
  • Anywhere near Academic Quad
Getting a Parking Permit
All students must register their cars with the University in the fall. This is taken care of by giving your license plate number and car description to public safety. Upon turning in the paper work, students receive different permits depending on their year and living unit. It is very easy and convenient to do, and you can now even do it online at
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety
408 S. Locust St.
Room 200
(765) 658-4261

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 34 responses

  • 29% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 33 responses

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