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3 College Junior

Parking: We have a parking lottery for the student parking spots on campus, so usually only upper class-men get those spots, and it's somewhat expensive. Those who don't get the lottery, like myself, can either park in a parking ramp in Appleton, or park over at the athletic facilities, or park it on the street during the day and then park in a faculty lot at night. It's somewhat of a pain having to move your car all the time to avoid getting a ticket, but many people still deal with it and bring their cars anyways.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't know; I don't have a car and don't plan on ever bringing one.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Cars are very unnecessary around campus. Everything is within walking distance of each other. The only time you need a car is to go off campus to the mall but they do have some campus transportation that you can take if it's absolutely essential you get there.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Campus is so small that you have no need for a car and therefore parking lots are not needed, but they exist for those with cars and for visitors and professors, they aren't very large though.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is relatively inexpensive, but there are not many spots, and it's done on a lottery system with grade preference, so if you're an underclassman, don't bother.


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Parking may be one of the weakest aspects of student life. A car is the only way out of a small town like Appleton, but having one on campus is not easy. Parking permits are given out in a lottery system, with priority to juniors and seniors. Only one freshman gets a permit per year, and only a handful more are given to sophomores. There are 24-hour student parking lots distributed around campus, but good luck trying to find a spot. They are relatively small, so finding a spot at all is hard. it can get so aggravating that students avoid having to use their car because they know that their parking spot will be taken by the time they get back. There are faculty lots that students can park in between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., but security loves giving out tickets promptly at 7. Street parking is available for students anytime except 2 a.m.–5 a.m. appleton police are generous with tickets as well, so don’t expect to escape their radar. With all the restrictions on campus, some students keep their cars in parking garages near campus. These are a pretty good deal, and they are always reliable for a spot. But, the disadvantages are that you have to walk a few blocks to campus and there have been break-ins in the garages.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$75 per term
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $3-$25
  • Parking in a No parking zone: $10
  • Parking in fire lane: $10
  • Parking in handicapped or reserved space : $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
There is no guaranteed open spot on campus. Faculty lots are only open for student use 5 p.m.- 7 a.m. The only reliable places for a parking spot are in the parking garages off campus. Permits for these garages cost $50 a year.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Hiett parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are distributed in a lottery that gives juniors and seniors top priority. Freshman and sophomores rarely are able to get one. Even with a permit, a convenient parking spot may be hard to find since the lots do not hold many cars.
Parking Services
Facility Services Office
235 E. Water St.
(920) 832-6601

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 38 responses

  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 18% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% 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 37 responses

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