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1 College Sophomore

Parking: It makes no sense to drive to NYU because it's in Manhattan so parking is horrible.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't bother bringing a car, you will have no space to park it

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: I would recommend walking or subway because most New Yorkers are pedestrians anyway. The parking structures that I see on my way to campus are very expensive, and if you wanted to use them you would also be competing with the rest of Manhattan for a car spot. The best deal for parking is on the street, and from what my few friends with cars tell me, it's almost impossible to get a good spot.

2 College Junior

Parking: it is very unlikely to find a open spot and parking is expensive.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It is NYC, don't bring a car

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At NYU, the idea of driving anywhere in the city is hilarious, as most students would agree on two things: one, it is very hard to find a parking space in the NYU area (that is, a free parking space), and two, it really is not necessary to have a car, with the array of reliable and affordable transportation options that are available.

Parking garages tend to be quite expensive, and spending money on meters is not the way to go because it is also very expensive and geared toward people who park for a brief period of time. Parking options also constantly change in lieu of the various activities that occur in the city. Most students believe that the best ways to get around are by foot (if you live relatively close to campus), the NYU shuttle bus (free of charge), and public transportation. Taking the subway or a bus is the way to go. These options are quick and convenient and not nearly as intimidating as they seem. Cars simply are not a part of life at NYU. Everyone takes public transportation and leaves their cars at home. It is actually very liberating to never have to worry about gas, windshield wipers, oil changes, or flat tires.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
There are no parking permits for students.
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $65
  • No parking zone: $65
  • Fire hydrant: $115
  • Handicapped zone: $180
Best Places to Find a Spot
Expensive parking garages near campus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus, especially during the day
Getting a Parking Permit
There are no parking permits for students.
Did You Know?
Overnight parking in the city typically costs between $20 and $28.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 282 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 8% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 57% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 277 responses

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


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