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.