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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car on campus, so I can only reply with what I hear from other students, but it doesn't sound too bad. Plus, people only use their vehicles to go off campus, it only takes about fifteen minutes to walk between the two furthest buildings, there is no reason to use a vehicle.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking passes are reasonably priced, but visitors do not have many spaces and risk getting tickets. Most places downtown are within walking distance of campus, so a can is not always needed.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There is plenty of parking on campus-- though permits get slightly pricey. You don't really need a car up here unless you live off campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: Too many parking tickets! Its not always obvious where students can and cannot park and at what times and our security loves to ticket people and the prices of those tickets are ridiculous!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Even with a permit, if you park somewhere for 15 where you are not allowed to, you will get a fine. They are constantly on patrol


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As the student quotes suggest, parking at Luther can be a bit of a pain. While it may be that Luther actually has enough parking spaces for all the cars that need them, these lots are often so inconveniently located or reserved for faculty/alumni that a lot of student cars will spend a lot of time parked on the streets. This is notoriously bad for students in Larsen, which has a pathetically inadequate parking lot for the students it houses, and around Christmas at Luther, when the College basically banishes student cars to the most remote corner it can find to make room for the crowds. Other dorms have better facilities, but parking can still be a bother.

However, this isn’t a huge problem since campus—and Decorah as a whole—is small enough that almost anything can be reached without a car, and most students will only use theirs to travel on weekends. But what seems like a minor annoyance can be compounded in no time by the SPO cops. A lot of students, especially during the day, don’t want to take the time to find a legitimate spot, and if you do this, it’s a near guarantee that you’ll get a fine, and appealing it isn’t always successful. Similar problems occur in winter, when cars won’t start or get plowed in due to snowfalls. The SPO cops have no sympathy for your car stuck in a professor’s spot due to ice and cold temperatures, and you’ll probably get a ticket for having your car in a snow removal zone, as well. The biggest way to avoid a headache from parking is to be smart and realistic. If you bring a car, be aware that you may be signing up for a hassle and plan accordingly.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in the No parking zones:
  • Parking violation:
  • Too long in 10-minute parking:
Best Places to Find a Spot
Most students park in the lots closest to their dorms, with the vast majority of cars going to the Preus Library lot and the Regents Parking lot, directly below Towers.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
If you live in Larsen, good luck ever getting a spot. The College has inadequate spots for the number of students in the dorm, and many students often have to move their cars for events, or every few days if they're parked on a town residential street.
Getting a Parking Permit
Luther has a few—most students will receive a “General Parking” sticker that allows them to park in any designated lot. Commuting students or residents of Baker Village receive other stickers and do not have the same ability to park wherever they chose. Each permit costs $40, with $5 for every additional car under your name.
Parking Services
Vehicle Registration and Parking
Welcome Center/Information Dahl Centennial Union
(563) 387-1111
Did You Know?
All parking lots are student lots, but some have certain restrictions. Most have a side set out specifically for teachers, and the Preus Library lot sets out two rows for commuters and teachers. Students are also never allowed to park on the hills next to most of the dorms, as those are spots for faculty until after 4 p.m.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 34 responses

  • 12% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

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