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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking meters are annoying but they are not too expensive

3 College Junior

Parking: I live off campus and right near my house there is always parking and the walk is not very far. I would have to search for a few minutes to find parking before I moved into the city but I always knew where there would be parking. I do not mind walking far so parking typically is not a problem for me. I wish there were more places where it was free and there was no time limits but I am okay with the parking situation especially since this is a city.

3 College Senior

Parking: I don't have a car but theres enough free parking to not get too frustrated.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Hate the parking situation, PPA is a disaster and the parking is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you park off campus, the parking is free (assuming you can find a spot). Closer to the academic buildings there are plenty of spots and lots, but the parking is pretty expensive.


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Parking is awful at Drexel. Frankly, there's no way around it. University City is extraordinarily busy, considering there are two major universities and numerous professional buildings nearby. Keep in mind, the constant construction going on in urban areas is also a hassle, and its impact on available parking is unpredictable. It's a wonder anyone can park. Avoid bringing a car if you want to forego major headaches: being late, getting expensive parking tickets (you will get one—Philadelphia meter personnel are ruthless and notorious), road rage, throwing hundreds of dollars per month away on parking, etc. There are parking lots available, but they are way too expensive for a student, and space availability is inconsistent.

If in Philadelphia, take advantage of the vast and available public transportation system. Nothing beats its efficiency and economic relief. Walking is very common to urbanites, too. Additionally, biking is quite common if one can maneuver the tricky city streets. Stress will be avoided if the latter options can be utilized. Driving should be avoided at all costs.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$297–$435 per term
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to display permit: $10
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $300
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • D, H, K, L, R, or W anytime after 5 p.m.
  • The meters on Chestnut Street outside Creese
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
33rd street lot between Chestnut and Market streets
Getting a Parking Permit
Drexel has a lot of commuter students. Due to the overwhelming demand, you must apply for a parking permit and get put in the lottery drawing to obtain a spot.
Parking Services
Parking Services Office
General Services Building, Room 124
34th & Market streets
(215) 895-2813
Did You Know?
  • If you haven't paid three or more parking tickets, you better watch out—your car will get a nice bright orange lock on one of the wheels.
  • Parking at a meter in Philadelphia will cost $1 per hour or $8 for a typical workday.
  • Parking officials legitimately train their employees on Drexel's campus, so they're essentially preying on commuter students.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 172 responses

  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 28% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 171 responses

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