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3 College Freshman

Parking: freshman are discouraged from having cars on campus

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't own a car but I hear its not that bad

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't really know how to answer these questions since I don't own a car as a freshmen, even though they do allow freshmen to own cars. However, they raise the price for on campus parking for freshmen to just kind of persuade to now own a car. The local bus and taxi's are pretty convenient for travelling, and are sometimes a couple minutes late depending on what day it is. And on the plus, when the weather is warmer, I can just walk maybe 10 minutes to down town.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I do not own a car but I have friends who drive. The biggest complaint I find is that it's hard to find a parking spot on campus. They don't even allow freshman to bring in their cars because of how tight spaces are. I'm not aware of the cost of the parking permit but I believe it can be cheaper since maintenance is based on the students' care of their car.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is limited parking by the academic buildings.


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It’s sometimes nearly impossible to find a parking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, and when one is found, it’s usually a bit of a walk to class. When the snow is plowed, the piles of it take away even more of the available parking spots. In an effort to keep freshmen from bringing cars to campus, the first-year students must pay $500 for a parking permit, almost five times what the upperclassmen pay. First-year students usually only bring cars if they live relatively close to campus and need to commute home for breaks. 

IC students are somewhat lucky because many schools won’t allow freshmen to have cars on campus at all. However, although IC does allow it, all freshmen are required to park in designated lots, and the freshman lots are very inconvenient for those first-year students who live in the Towers or Terraces because the lots are on the other side of campus. If you park in a lot you’re not supposed to, you’re almost guaranteed to have a ticket awaiting you underneath your windshield wiper when you get back to your car. The parking situation could be worse, but it’s manageable. When you have to be some place at a certain time, just make sure to allot time to find a place to park.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $120 for upperclassmen
  • $500 for first-year students
Common Parking Tickets
  • Permit violation: $20
  • Parking lot violation: $30
  • Blocking flow of traffic: $35
  • Critical areas: $40
  • Moving violation: $45
  • Fraudulent use of permit: $50
  • Reckless driving: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
Terraces parking lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
In front of the School of Communications in the afternoon
Getting a Parking Permit
Within the first week of classes, or whenever you bring your vehicle to campus, go to the Public Safety building located on the north end of campus and fill out the necessary paperwork. For the first few days of classes, be prepared for a long line.
Parking Services
Parking and Traffic Services
Center for Public Safety and General Services
Farm Pond Rd.
(607) 274-3756

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 111 responses

  • 9% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

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