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4 College Junior

Parking: I find a spot very easily and it is OK that I have to walk 50 to 100 feet to the building. Gives me time to do extra cramming for tests :)

5 College Senior

Parking: Smaller facility here in Traverse City makes for great parking!

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be hard to find for commuters. For some dorms, on-campus parking can end up pretty far away. Permits are reasonably priced. The tickets and fines can be a bit harsh though.

4 College Student

Parking: I park in a residence hall lot, so I don't have many issues with parking.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: If you can find a parking spot, you'll still have a ways to walk, and watch out for tickets!


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The parking situation on campus is not the best according to students. It is extremely difficult to find a parking spot on campus, but on a better note, the parking lots are located near many of the school buildings. The permits cost only $95 a year, which is a benefit! There are workers who go around and check cars for permits from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, after 5 p.m. and on the weekends, students are able to park their cars anywhere on campus without being fined.

There is a good availability of parking permits, so if a student wants one, it is pretty much a sure thing. To acquire a permit, a student must go to the Department of Public Safety and go through any easy process that requires showing a valid license and vehicle registration. With the difficulty of finding a spot related to being late for class, most students either walk to classes or park off campus in order to make things easier. Parking on the streets right outside of campus is free, but there is a lack of available spots, so it is first-come, first-served!

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are many different lots for student parking. The spots are assigned depending on where you live-residential hall lots and commuter lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshman permits are awarded last subject to availability.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$95 a year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Unregistered vehicle: $20
  • Park in a restricted area : $20
  • Meter violation: $10
  • Parking prohibited 2-6 a.m.: $20
  • Unlawful display of permit: $20
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits may be purchased Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at the Department of Public Safety. The only things needed are a valid driver's license and current insurance.
Parking Services
Parking Services and Registration Bureau
1319 Cramer Circle
(231) 591-5000
Did You Know?
According to students, there are no great or awful places to park on campus. The best option is anywhere that you are allowed to park with your permit and where there is an open space in that area.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 124 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 35% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 121 responses

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


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