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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is expensive. You dont really need a car on campus

3 College Freshman

Parking: Cars aren't needed. No free parking. Parking can be quite expensive. Parking passes in structures can be bought.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The problem with parking anywhere during a stereotypical day at Marquette is you're either paying to park in the structure or on the street, or you're getting a ticket for neglecting them. Free parking is nearly impossible to find.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking downtown Milwaukee is fairly cheap (vs the parking I'm used to in downtown Chicago). The only problem is that spots fill up EXTREMELY quickly. Another down side is there are so many NO PARKING signs that take up a large amount of parking spots, so you'll find yourself circling the same block over and over just to find one spot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are never any spots to park at on or near campus.


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Unfortunately, there is a not-so-pleasant parking issue at Marquette. The situation is obviously not helped by the hectic city’s limited space. Although there is currently available parking for students in both an indoor and a surface lot, the price is rather costly. There may be limited parking spaces on side streets for a short duration of time, but those spots are usually hard to find. However, most students don’t even bother with parking because they don’t find the need for a car on campus—the public transportation system is that convenient.

Even though having your own car may seem like a great idea for quick trips around town, to the mall, or even a straight shot back home, Marquette’s campus is so contained and so close to the public transportation system that most of the time your own two feet are sufficient. Besides, tickets are issued—and quite often—for illegal parking, and additional fines are added for the illegal use of designated school parking lots. So unless you have an unusual situation, the amount of time you would absolutely need a car is not worth the price or worry of keeping one on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are surface lots and parking structures.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$450-$775 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $30
  • No parking zone: $35
  • Handicapped zone: $180
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Structure 1
  • Two-hour meter parking on side streets
  • Parking lot at the corner of Wells and 12th streets
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can purchase a parking permit online through the Parking Services website. They will need to provide the car's make, model, color, state, and license number.
Parking Services
Parking Services
Wells Street Parking Structure
1240 W. Wells St.
(414) 288-6911

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 110 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 5% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 25% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 109 responses

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