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4 College Sophomore

Parking: I live at Nittany Pointe so my permit is free and pretty much anyone can park up there. No one checks. Parking for on-campus students is a whole other story. The parking lot is very far away and up a hill from the dorms so in bad weather it would be very inconvenient. Parking on-campus is also a pain. The permits are expensive, the parking lots are crazy and the good spots are almost ALWAYS taken. I usually park in the 2-hour parking zones since I don't have a permit this year.

3 College Freshman

Parking: i am not a driver but my friends that do drive do not complain a bout parking.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The coat for one semester is $80 and $150 for both. I just got my car so I don't really know yet, but apparently spots fill quickly. Not far from the dorms. I don't know how bad enforcement is.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It is easy to find a spot but if you are not fortunate enough to get the 50 dollar semester parking pass, do not attempt to park in the lot you'll get a nice 50 dollar ticket.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is expensive, about 80 a semester. There is a lot of parking but the parking is not strategically placed well. The parking surrounds the campus and you have to walk into the campus for most of the buildings.


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Parking is fairly difficult because many of the large lots that surround the campus are only for visitors or faculty. The Chapel Lot, near Hawthorn Building, is the biggest parking lot and where most people park. There are also lots for the students who live on campus that are located on the opposite side of the soccer and intramural fields. The Health and Wellness Center has a large parking lot, but it is not near any immediate classrooms, so it is very under-used. The Science and Ivy Lots are the easiest to access when go to the gymnasium or Port-Sky Café.

Students who live in Nittany Pointe, Pennview, or Wehnwood Court are not considered traditional commuters when it comes to parking permits, but they can still get a permit. However, they are only allowed to park on campus after 5 p.m. during the week and on weekends. A perk of buying a parking permit is that a Penn State Altoona permit is valid at the University Park campus after 4 p.m. and on weekends. This is is nice, especially if you plan on heading out to State College a lot.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are lots of lots around campus. Dorms have a separate parking lot that is closer to the residence halls than to the classrooms.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Only freshmen students commuting from home are allowed to park on campus.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$120-$150 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Handicapped space: $50 ($100 for subsequent violations)
  • No parking area: $10
  • Unregistered vehicle: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The lot near the Health and Wellness Center
  • The Chapel Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can register for a permit online. After registering, the permit can be picked up at the University Police Department.
Parking Services
University Police
Willow Building
(814) 949-5222

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 56 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 54 responses

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