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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I keep looking at reviews how parking is so bad at IU. Its not that bad. Its only really bad if your a freshman. Upperclassman, you can request an on-campus apartment. It comes with 100% free parking and the spots are right next to your apartment. There in prime locations. Greek Life apartments are also good for free parking and you can ride the free bus to class.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: definite lack of parking and very very strict on tickets. don't need a car. costs are low compared to most schools

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is hard to find if you don't have a C or D pass, just park at the union and pay for the day, it's honestly your best bet

3 College Freshman

Parking: Depends on where you park, generally it is a bad situation no matter what.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Everything depends on how much you want to spend. There are places by the stadium that are easily accessible for the most part. If you are trying to receive a parking pass close to your dorm they use seniority rules first which is reasonable . However there are very limited spots due to the amount of new buildings the have put up in certain areas. If you park in the wrong spot the fine is at least 50 dollars.


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Having a car while you're at IU can come in handy if you want to get around town more conveniently, but don't fool yourself into thinking that you'll drive up to class in the morning and save yourself a walk. Not only are there a limited number of parking lots, but the zones are confusing, so even if you think you're parking legally, you could still get a ticket. IU makes a ridiculous amount of capital off unsuspecting drivers, and they never falter. Leave your car in the wrong spot for too long, and you'll end up with multiple tickets! Worst of all, if you don't pay your ticket within a few days (and what college student has $40 to cough up for no good reason?), the debt is transferred to your bursar bill. If you don't pay it, you don't graduate.

Getting a permit for the dorms is like throwing darts in the dark, but if you're lucky enough to hit the bull's-eye and you stay on campus, you're set for the year. You can laugh at the poor schmucks who park miles away at the stadium, until you get to the bank and discover you're out yet another hundred or so bucks for the permit. To give a little credit where it's deserved, IU knows the parking situation is pathetic, and it gives a sad little attempt every now and again to help, like a lottery for the chance to buy a permit for one of the parking garages near campus. These sad attempts generally do nothing but further infuriate those who are left behind. If you don't mind hiking to the stadium when you need your car (and when there are football or basketball games, which is almost every weekend), then having a car may be beneficial. Remember, however, that you can still get a ticket for not having a good enough place to park your car once the patrols have ordered you to move it. Otherwise, make friends with someone who has a car and leave yours at home.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $25
  • Fire lane: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
None. You're never guaranteed a spot, and parking is a joke the closer you get to campus. Your best bet is to wait until after 5 p.m., when you can park anywhere with a valid permit.
Getting a Parking Permit
Although there is a wide variety of permit types to accommodate professors, assistant instructors, the handicapped, and so forth, most students will never buy such permit. The two most popular permits are D permits, which allow you to park in the dorm parking lots, and E permits, which allow you to park only at the stadium. Many students who live off campus invest in E permits, as there is a shuttle from the stadium to the heart of campus. D permits are much harder to get, as there is limited space in the dorm lots. You can visit Parking Operations’ Web site to put your name on a waitlist that goes by seniority or buy a permit online.
Parking Services
IU Parking Operations
Franklin Hall Room 006
601 E. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 855-9848

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 259 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 258 responses

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