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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I prefer parking free off-campus. It saves a lot of money

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at the dorms is expensive per semester. Without that finding parking in the city is a challenge . Turner Fields a good idea.

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3 College Student

Parking: Of course paying for parking every day takes its toll eventually, but it's nothing compared to the pay off that comes with attending college. A few bucks every school day is not a lot in the grand scheme of things.

2 College Junior

Parking: As a student you must have a parking pass to park in the decks, and at times you still have to pay. Without a pass, it's $7 and either way, there are never enough spaces to park so you're usually driving around for a while. Unfortunately, the street parking is no different. Usually unavailable spots and high priced meters.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: really not needed unless you need to go home


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Parking on or near campus isn't cheap. Parking in the school decks is often limited and requires a permit and pass, which costs around $215 per semester for commuters. Parking in the housing decks is slightly pricier for residents. Free parking is available at the Atlanta Braves Stadium (also known as Turner Field) on non-game days, but students have to park there and then take a shuttle to campus (about a 10-minute ride). Spots fill up quickly in those lots, however; so arriving early is often a must if students want to make it to class on time. Also, if student cars are parked in these lots on game days, they will be towed.

Non-school affiliated parking lots are all over campus, and usually range from $3 to $10 per day, depending on how close to campus the lot is. The only downside to parking in these lots is that a.) students generally have to have correct change (machines usually take the money); b.) the lot may be blocks away from the classroom buildings; and c.) cars could get booted or towed if owners aren't careful. How often the parking rules are enforced depends on the private companies that manage and own the lots.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are several decks to park in on campus, though they fill quickly. Student parking at Turner Field's Blue Lot is free for registered vehicles with a valid parking permit.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen in the freshman dorms cannot bring cars to campus (as there is no parking deck attached to those dorms), but those living in the Commons can park for a fee, per semester.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$215 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to pay meter: Varies. A lot of these tickets aren't given by Georgia State officials, so it's up to the state as to how much the ticket costs.
  • Tire boot : $50-$150, depending on the company that boots the car
  • Tow: $100-$250, depending on the towing company
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Any lot along John Wesley Dobbs Avenue (near the dorms)
  • Lot on the corner of Edgewood and Courtland (although expensive)
  • Shell Gas Station across from dorms
  • The private parking decks and lots off Decatur Street
  • G Deck
  • Turner Field
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The meters along Courtland Street and Gilmer Street
  • M Deck (most popular, usually full by late morning)
  • Anywhere in front of a classroom building; the closer to campus the lot is, the more crowded it will be.
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can apply for permits at the beginning of the school year via the Auxiliary and Support Services Web site. If a lot of students apply (which is usually the case), then they usually hold a lottery to determine who gets the permits.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation
200 University Bookstore Building
66 Courtland St.
(404) 413-9500

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 313 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 19% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 318 responses

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