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2 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman wanting to drive their car have to pay to get a parking pass. Freshman are only allowed to park on the top level of the parking garages leaving your car unprotected from any severe weather. Also the the campus parking available is located far away from dorms and is an inconvenience.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are numerous parking garages around school. It's $6 per day, which is much cheaper than city parking in general. As for parking meters, it's 25 cents per 15 minutes, but even if you miss getting to your car by a minute, you better count on having a ticket on you windshield when you get there.

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3 College Junior

Parking: The parking at ISU is not the greatest. I wish there was more parking that was convenient especially when visiting friends that live off campus. The parking permits are reasonably. Basically the more you pay for a parking permit the better the spot is. Depending on where the student lives on campus such as the dorms the need for a car is nonexistent where as if a student were to live off campus I would recommend having a car on campus due to driving to school and groceries (if the student does not have a meal plan).

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2 College Freshman

Parking: There are lots of high priced parking garages, and most other parking is on meter systems that is annoying. It is also crowded and hard to find a place to park. However, I personally did not bring a car to campus and find that everything is in walking distance or available to reach easily on the free bus system.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Luckily there is not a real need for a car on campus. I have heard that the conveniently located lots fill up quickly.

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Visitors, faculty, and students alike will always have trouble finding a parking space. The exception is when lucky faculty members spend large sums of money to purchase reserved spots (this option is only available to faculty and staff). Parking is the biggest complaint on the ISU campus. Street parking is students' best option since it is free for 24 hours and not too far from campus, but spots fill up quickly in the morning and stay in use until late at night.

There are also metered spots that students can park in, but since they are hourly and some classes last 75 minutes, students risk getting a parking ticket or spending a lot of money for the meter. If students purchase a permit, they are allowed to park in certain lots coordinated by color; student lots are green and faculty lots are red. The ISU Police are very strict and will not hesitate to give parking tickets. And beware: parking tickets add up, and by the end of the semester, students will not be able to register for classes if they have outstanding fines.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are metered spaces, pay lots, and commuter lots that students can park in, but students need to make sure they are allowed to park there. Metered spaces are patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and if you go over your time allowance, you will get a ticket. Hourly parking is available in pay lots such as the Bone Center and College of Business. After 10 p.m., parking is free. After 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, free parking is available in the red faculty/staff lots and green commuter lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$40-$80 per year depending on type of permit
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improper display of permit/decal: $5
  • Meter violation: $10
  • Fire lane or other safety violations: $30
  • Altering or manufacturing a permit : $200
  • Handicapped zone: $250
  • Possession or use of lost or stolen permit : $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Hotel parking lot
  • Broadway Street (always free parking)
  • Cherry Street (always free parking)
  • In the green lots after 7 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week.
Getting a Parking Permit
In order to buy a parking permit, students need to go to the Office of Parking and Transportation; they will need their ISU student ID and the make/model/license plate number of the car they will be driving. Anyone can buy a parking permit; it just depends on how much you want to pay to park. Some lots are closer to campus than others. Students living far off campus usually buy commuter permits to park in the green lots. Most freshmen are forced into buying a permit for the lot that is farthest from campus because upperclassmen purchase the better permits ahead of time. Luckily, a bus provides transportation to the far lot. Even if you are willing to pay a high fee, permits run out fast.
Parking Services
Office of Parking and Transportation
709 N. Main St.
(309) 438-8391

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 16% Purchase Student Commuter Parking Pass
  • 16% Depends on where you're headed and where you live.
  • 16% Bone Student Center. Stay until 9 and it's free
  • 12% Cherry Street (always free parking)
  • 12% Parking Lot by Hewitt Manchester
  • 7% Hotel parking lot
  • 6% Broadway Street (always free parking)
  • 6% Marriot
  • 5% Parking Pass across from Rec Center
  • 4% Fell Avenue usually a spot open

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 147 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 41% 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 145 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 38% On the street
  • 28% Parking garages
  • 23% Everywhere
  • 11% Commuter lots
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