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3 College Junior

Parking: Many people would disagree with me and say that parking is awful. However, the back side of the football stadium is always empty, people just don't want to park that far away, the want to park right in front of the building that they are going to. There are buses on campus that come pick you up, so if people were more inclined to walk or to wait 5 minutes for the bus, I think that the parking issue, wouldn't be an issue.

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5 College Junior

Parking: I have never gotten a ticket. I got my first parking pass this year which has been a plus. I can always find parking in the Student Union Building parking lot.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: General parking passes cost $100 for a whole year and $70 per semester. I would recommend buying one if you have classes at University Place. The parking at University Place is much less stressful and easier to find than in Pocatello. It is difficult to find general parking in Pocatello. Off campus parking at University Place would be the city park across the street. The distance is farther and student cars are usually ticketed.

4 College Junior

Parking: Great spots close to my classes, but I get here early every day. It's a little harder if you like to sleep in

2 College Freshman

Parking: I personally feel that the cost for a permit is reasonable for a whole year of parking but the availability of parking is something to dread. I live an hour drive from campus, so a car is essential for me to get to school. I'd prefer to park closer to the buildings with my classes, but the majority of parking is in lower campus, while my classes are in upper campus.


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Parking is not a happy topic on the ISU campus. Student drivers are constantly complaining about the parking situation. There are 3,000 available parking spots for 13,000 students. Obviously, the numbers do not match up very well. Residential street parking can be the best way to go if you are trying to park before nine in the morning. Any time after this hour—good luck! The Holt Arena has a free parking area, but it is not convenient for students on lower campus. Parking passes are available and do help. Most students buy the general parking permit. These lots are easier to park in than street parking, but do not count on finding that perfect spot up front. Students are definitely awaiting that wonderful day when the administration will announce the building of a parking garage.

Parking is not as bad as it seems for some students. These students choose to either get a bike, walk, or park in lots close to campus and head out on foot. Many students try to live as close to campus as they can for this reason. All buildings on campus are quite close and in easy walking distance of each other. It does get cold in the winter, so bring a coat and head off to class a few minutes early. Although parking can be a pain, students have found ways around it by going to school the old way—through the three feet of snow on foot!

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $100 per year, General Lot
  • $150 per year, housing with General Lot
  • $300 per year, Reserved Lot
  • $350 per year, housing with Reserved Lot
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $80
  • Handicapped zone: $105
  • Lot violation: $20–$30
  • Meter violation: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
The Holt Arena has free parking, but it is also up on the hill, far from lower campus.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
On the street and by the library. You have to get there early to get one!
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking lots are broken up into “reserved” and “general” parking. The general lots are always hard to find a space in. The reserved are not as bad because students do not want to pay that much for a permit. Any student can apply for and purchase a permit at Public Safety.
Parking Services
Public Safety Parking Services
Campus Box 8140
625 E. Humbolt, Building 27
(208) 282-2625

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 75 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 49% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

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