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4 College Junior

Parking: Since pretty much everyone drives to school at IUPUI I think the recent additions have helped a lot. I never have trouble finding parking within a reasonable distance to my classes.

2 College Freshman

Parking: If you don't have early morning or early evening classes you ate going to have trouble finding a parking spot

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Permits for on-campus parking are expensive. There aren't many parking spots that are available or convenient.

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2 College Senior

Parking: The parking is very expensive so students typically get the cheapest one, which seems like everyone parks in the cheaper area and the expensive spaces are open. You can almost bet if you park in a spot without a permit you will be ticketed.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's bad because parking spots feel up quickly and parking in the parking garage is kind of expensive.


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Most students get a very sour taste in their mouths when someone mentions anything about parking, especially at the beginning of the semester, during midterms, or during finals. The students that drive to campus (which includes most of the students that attend IUPUI) usually cannot get a parking spot and be on time to class unless they show up at 7 or 8 a.m. This is the best time to try and find parking, and if students can force themselves to get up this early, then it is a perfect opportunity for them to find some quiet time to study before class. In other words, the early bird catches the worm—and the late bird flies into class like a bat out of hell.

The decisions IUPUI Parking Services makes are very closely scrutinized by the students. There have been articles in the school newspaper, the Sagamore, about the discrepancy between the amount of parking passes sold versus the amount of spots available. There are many more passes sold than there are spots available. Students in the School of Liberal Arts actually printed a bumper sticker once that read “Food Parking, why not both?” A phrase which sounds similar to IUPUI’s slogan, “IU, Purdue, why not both?” If there is one thing most students complain about, it is parking.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$166–$413 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Natatorium Parking Garage located on New York Street
  • The lot near the Mary Cable Building (this is a very central lot)
  • "A" and "B" classified spots are available to E-permit students after 4 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Cavanaugh Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
All undergraduate students can purchase a year-round “E” parking pass for $166 per year. Graduate students can get a “B” permit, which allows them to park closer to the buildings. Every student can purchase parking passes, but a parking spot is never guaranteed.
Parking Services
IUPUI Parking Services
(317) 274-4232

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 215 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 14% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 21% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 214 responses

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


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