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3 College Junior

Parking: If you live off-campus, parking in Blue Zone is a nightmare. I hope they change it one day.

2 College Freshman

Parking: As a freshman, I am only allowed to park on smith gated warehouse, which is not even on East Campus (The freshman living section at Duke). Parking become extremely difficult when I have to park at West as the parking area in Bryan Centre gets filled up rather quickly. I ended up having to pay extra to have my car parked in the parking lot. If you want to get it for free, do it after 5 pm (there are usually some open spots in front of the chapel).

4 College Sophomore

Parking: People love to hate on the parking system and policies here, but I haven't had any issues with either. Compared to other universities' parking configurations, Duke is heaven on earth.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I think that cars should have decals instead of removable window hangers. I got a ticket just for forgetting to put it up, and it was in my cup holder.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is not the greatest.


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Duke doesn’t have great parking. You might even be tempted to say "parking sucks." But what university does manage to fit thousands of parking spots behind dorms and classrooms while maintaining the beauty of a campus? It is tempting to criticize Duke’s poor planning in regards to the terrible state of parking on campus. After all, Duke took out some old parking lots to add new buildings, which any fool can tell you will not help the parking situation. At times, students get so frustrated that parking illegally right in the middle of the traffic circle really doesn’t sound like a bad idea. In short, bringing a car has its perks, but it's not necessarily the best way to go.

Parking is mentioned again and again as one of Duke’s weak points. The fact that every student automatically qualifies for parking is a bit disturbing—do they actually know how many people they are promising spaces to? Obviously, bad parking should not be the reason you choose not to attend Duke. However, if you do decide to come, you should know about the situation beforehand. That being said, there are some bright spots with parking; Central Campus apartments and most East Campus dorms come to mind. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are three residential lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$240 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improper display: $10
  • Expired meter in pay lot: $20
  • Improper permit: $40
  • No permit/expired permit: $40
  • Boot fee: $50
  • Reserved space: $50
  • Service space or loading area: $50
  • Event parking violation: $100
  • Landscape/sidewalk/pedestrian way: $100
  • No parking area/not designated for parking: $100
  • Towing: $105
  • Fire lane: $200
  • Fraudulent permit: $200
  • Handicapped zone/access area: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Bryan Center
  • East Campus
  • Flowers lot on the weekends
Getting a Parking Permit
All students enrolled in classes for the fall semester are eligible to purchase and receive a parking permit for that academic year. Annual parking permits are sold based on eligibility and space availability in lots or zones. Parking permits can be purchased online or from the Parking and Transportation Office.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
Coal Pile Drive
0100 Facilities Center
(919) 684-7275

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 60 responses

  • 13% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 62 responses

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


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