All students are allowed to have cars on campus with the purchase of a permit. That being said, a parking permit does not guarantee you a parking space. Technically, there should be enough room for everyone to park, but with increasing enrollment and many on-campus events and athletic tournaments, the convenient parking lots fill up quickly.
There is ample parking on the academic side of campus, which is great for commuters and faculty. Resident students wishing to park near their dorms, however, are usually out of luck. There are a few tiny parking lots near some of the dorms, but the majority is on the outskirts of campus within about a five-minute walk to the dorms, which is a huge hassle when carrying heavy loads or when trekking up the hill in bad weather. Freshmen get the worst end of the deal because they can only park in North Lot, also known as the farthest point from campus civilization. Security is quick to ticket students for illegal parking, so don’t even think about making up your own parking spot, parking in a handicapped or faculty spot, or parking in a loading area. If you must do one of the above, put on your flashers and do not leave the car there for more than five minutes—yes, security really is that fast when it comes to parking violations.