The University prides itself in being what it calls a "walking campus." While this may sound like a glamorous nod to the beautiful paths around campus that are lined with ancient oaks, this is really just code for "you will be parking your car in Egypt." Parking at LSU is the no. 1 gripe for anyone at the University—even faculty. Prepare yourself for long walks, numerous tickets, and worst of all, at least one towed car in your college career. LSU parking permits are easy to obtain, but getting a good parking place at peak hours is like getting hit by lightning and winning the lottery in the same lifetime. The University is also notoriously under construction, making parking even more complicated. Unfortunately, Baton Rouge does not have the best public transportation system and is rather sprawling, so bringing a car is almost a necessity.
The best bet is to take advantage of dorm parking, avoid trying to park during peak hours, and if you are living off campus, utilize the bus system. The lots open up at 4:30 p.m., so those with night classes do not have to worry about parking as much. Currently, the University is forming focus groups to work on student parking, and there are always rumors of improvements. But despite these many gripes, tickets are usually only about $15 to $20, and parking is not as bad as at some universities with downtown campuses. And of course, a little walking never hurt anybody.