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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't like trying to find a parking spot. Certain garages are very expensive.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: The city and university need to work on the parking regulations. The cost in Athens for hourly parking is average however for an annual of quarterly parking it's expensive. Also, almost everywhere in campus requires money. I wish that there was a free parking at least in campus and near classes because students cant afford paying tickets all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I wouldn't recommend bringing a vehicle unless it is totally necessary.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is the worst thing about Athens.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Pretty expensive and hard to find spots on campus.


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It's unanimous: parking at OU sucks! Students agree that having a car on campus the first two years isn't worth the hassle. Even when you live off campus and have a parking space for your car, simply driving uptown to mail something or running to drop off a paper can be a nightmare if you have a car, due to the lack of parking spaces. Not to mention, every decent space is metered, so don't even think about leaving home without some quarters because you will either get a ticket or get towed (and pay over $100 to get your car back).

Basically, you really don't need a car your first two years, so leave it at home. Luckily, the campus is so small that it's really not that necessary, and because you'll have a meal plan, you don't need it to go grocery shopping. Once you move off campus, look for places that have parking available. Inevitably, most students get ticketed and/or towed at least once during their time at OU, partly because every campus building lot is reserved for faculty or commuters (you can't even park at Ping until after 3 p.m., which is ridiculous and makes it almost impossible to squeeze in a workout between classes, unless your classes are close). If you come to OU, just be prepared to endure the hell that is Athens parking-definitely the worst part of student life.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $165 per year for surface lots
  • $330 per year for garage parking
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • Illegal use of permit: $100
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Permit improperly displayed: $10
Best Places to Find a Spot
Parking garage, which costs 25 cents per 20 minutes
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Uptown during the afternoon and on Sundays
Getting a Parking Permit
Basically, you need a permit to park anywhere that doesn’t have a meter. Parking Services is the place to go to get a permit for general University lots, but the student cannot be living in a residence hall, fraternity house, or any place else that is “near the University” (which, of course, is defined by Parking Services). For parking in garages, located under certain residence halls, permits are available for students with a minimum of 45 credit hours (or three full-time quarters). They are available first come, first serve.
Parking Services
OU Department of Parking
100 Factory St.
(740) 593-1917

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 225 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 52% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 220 responses

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