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3 College Junior

Parking: If you don't come to campus rather early in the morning, parking is very hard to find. There isn't enough on campus parking. I've never gotten a parking ticket but I've heard that they're outrageous.

1 College Freshman


3 College Freshman

Parking: It's okay. The only problem is as a resident this year it would be nice to have more resident parking other than just the ones by dorms.

2 College Senior

Parking: I pay $165 a year to park on campus, but there are hardly ever spots open! Also unless you get to campus at 7:30am, plan on getting to campus at least 20 minutes before your class to circle the parking lot in hopes of finding a spot.

3 College Junior

Parking: Permit cost is okay; I would like to see a parking structure with covered parking. Campus is easily walkable so once a spot is found, the car can be left there all day. It takes a while to find a good spot.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$80 per semester or $165 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Overtime parking: $15
  • Parking in a yellow zone: $25
  • Towable offense: $50 (if they are not able to tow your car)
  • Unregistered: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The X lot behind the Rec Center
  • Anywhere after 4:30 p.m. (restricted parking ends)
  • The pay lot by the PMAC
  • The pay lot at the student union
  • Commuters can park across the street from the vet school and take the vet school bus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The commuter lots by the Ag Center lot or the South
  • Stadium spots
Getting a Parking Permit
Every student with a vehicle is required to get a permit. The best bet is to purchase your permit when you are registering for classes so you do not forget. This method will automatically register you for the parking permit you are qualified to have. Tags are sent to your home address near the beginning of the year, so be sure to get the tag in time. The tags are colored, and all lots around campus are color-coded to help you easily identify where to park. Students are not allowed to park in the heart of campus during the day, but must park in outlying lots instead.
Parking Services
Office of Parking, Traffic & Transportation
LSU Public Safety Building
South Stadium Road
(225) 578-5000

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 203 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 208 responses

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


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