Parking is one thing that Behrend students do not rave about. It is expensive and not always convenient, but freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus, which is nice. Commuter students can usually park near where they need to go, but resident students usually have more trouble. The "banana lot" is the central resident parking lot, and it's usually difficult to get a spot here because most freshmen and sophomores who live in the suites want to park here. Students living in Almy or Ohio will always find an open spot in their lots. Although students are not always happy with their spots, there are 15-minute spots near all the dorms for loading and such, so at least carrying things from your car is not a big problem. Also, although many students complain, the walk from a different parking lot is only about an extra five minutes.
Although parking is expensive and not always very convenient, most students agree that it is very nice to have a car on campus. Since there are a lot of restaurants and stores within a five-minute drive of campus, having a car can really expand what students can do, especially since the Erie bus system is terrible for Behrend, and there's not too much within walking distance of campus. Students who do not have a car on campus usually have plenty of friends who are willing to drive them places without any issues, so it is not the end of the world if you don't have your own car.