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4 College Freshman

Parking: Don't know anything about it.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is very difficult to find parking in and around Northwestern. Although, they are building new parking structures on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits both on and off campus are expensive. If you dont wanna pay a permit then you have to move your car every two hours for half the day

3 College Freshman

Parking: I have no idea, most students don't have cars at all.

2 College Junior

Parking: Don't bring a car to campus. Only seniors are eligible for buying an on-campus pass and they're ~$500.


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If there is one major downside to NU, it is the parking. Parking spots on campus are limited in number, expensive, and inconvenient. So unless you have extenuating circumstances, leave your car at home when you’re living on campus. With campus-provided transportation like the intercampus and campus loop shuttles, and public transportation like the Metra and CTA, you can get almost anywhere you need to go without a car.

Parking permits are only granted to seniors, grad students, faculty and staff, and commuters who live outside a "designated walking area" determined by NUPD. The NUPD is very strict on parking rules, so if you do choose to bring your car near campus, don’t be surprised if you walk away with a fair share of parking tickets.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are student parking lots spread throughout campus for students eligible for parking permits, including all seniors, graduate students, and commuting students living outside of the walking zone.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Neither are sophomores or juniors
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $425.70 per academic year (expires after commencement)
  • $501 per year for a student permit
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired parking meter: $15
  • More than 20 minutes in a loading/dock zone: $15
  • Parking over lines or in two spaces: $15
  • Incorrect permit for lot: $30
  • Parked on walk or grass area: $30
  • Blocking or obstructing traffic lanes, service areas, posted areas: $40
  • Fire lane: $40
  • No valid permit: $50
  • Unauthorized permit: $50
  • Valid permit not properly displayed: $50
  • Reserved space violation: $100
  • Altered permit: $250
  • Handicapped space violation: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • SPAC (Sports and Aquatic Center) lot
  • Side streets
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Virtually anywhere on campus. Parking is tight, and parking enforcement officials are not shy about ticketing cars.
Getting a Parking Permit
To get a permit, you have to fill out an application and submit it to NUPD. Again, only seniors, grad students, faculty and staff, and commuters are generally given them. For the application, an FAQ, and some general information, visit
Parking Services
Evanston Campus Parking Services
1819 Hinman Ave.
(847) 491-3319

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 87 responses

  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 85 responses

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


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