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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Considering the amount of unused or available land, there should be more free parking in and around NAU.

3 College Senior

Parking: Meh. Parking permits are costy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The parking is just like any other campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: I am always hearing bad things about parking on campus.

I do know they just demolished one of the only open lots on south campus this past year.

1 College Junior

Parking: It really is terrible. You have to pay an arm and a leg to get on campus parking and if you don't the parking services swarm like vultures and will give you a $100+ ticket if you park in the wrong place for 15 minutes. They literally sit there and watch for people in the wrong place.


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You can bring a car, but nine times out of ten, you are not going to be happy. Everyone is allowed parking at NAU. The permits are very easy to obtain and, even though they are ridiculously expensive for what you get, you need them to park anywhere. Your specific permit only allows you to park in certain designated areas on campus. For example, you live on Central Campus and have a central resident permit but want to drive to South Campus to get to a class. Sounds good, right? Nope, too bad. If it’s before 4:30 p.m. (when all of the lots become available), you will be ticketed by Parking Services. The parking areas are heavily enforced and the amount of money collected from students who park in the wrong areas is outrageous.

The campus is pretty big, but the surrounding area is close enough to walk, so bringing a car is not really necessary. Sure, it makes exploring the city a bit easier, but it isn't always worth it. Bringing a car really comes down to your desire to work at a place off campus, how far away you live from campus if you live off campus, and how many road trips you plan to take. If you have good answers for those or you want a job somewhere off campus, bring a car, but be prepared for at least a few massive headaches caused by Parking Services during your time at NAU.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots next to all the dormitories, as well as one parking garage open to everyone, and another garage in the process of being built.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$324–$418 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • No parking zone: $25
  • Violating permit zone: $50
  • No parking permit: $90
  • Handicapped zone: $125
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Behind Cline Library
  • The McConnell/Pine Ridge lot
  • The parking garage by Cowden
  • Anywhere from 4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The DuBois Center (The Dub)
  • Gabaldon Hall
  • The University Union
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are extremely easy to get. Anyone can buy one by either submitting the electronic application online or by turning in a paper copy to Parking Services. You simply fill in a few of the necessary car-related blanks, pick up your parking sticker, slap it to the windshield, and you're good to go.
Parking Services
Parking and Shuttle Services
113 Dupont Ave. W
Centennial Building, #91
(928) 523-6623
Did You Know?
  • You can buy daily, semester, or year long passes, but beware of Parking Services. There seems to always be a line.
  • If you rack up three or more parking citations or if your outstanding balance is $150 or more, your car may receive the infamous orange boot. It could even be impounded! Be sure to check your balance on LOUIE, and if need be, pay accordingly before your car becomes the laughing stock of everyone who sees it.

Student Polls

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 23% Every where. It's quite costly to park on campus.
  • 17% The University Union
  • 16% No where everywhere requires a permit
  • 16% Anywhere between 7:31AM - 4:29PM
  • 9% The DuBois Center (The Dub)
  • 9% Residential Parking Lots
  • 8% The Rec Center
  • 2% Gabaldon Hall
  • 1% Pine ridge/McConnell lot on weekday nights

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 23% Anywhere from 4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • 21% Behind Cline Library
  • 16% San Francisco Parking Garage
  • 16% Off Campus
  • 8% The parking garage by Cowden
  • 7% Nowhere
  • 6% The McConnell/Pine Ridge lot
  • 2% Taylor Hall lot

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 219 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 219 responses

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


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