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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking lots are pretty close to the classes and dorms. Permit costs are just average. Cars are somewhat needed because there is nothing to do around campus and quit dangerous off the campus. Malls and restaurants are distant (about 20-25 minutes away from campus) so it is preferred to have cars.

4 College Junior

Parking: There really isn't much need for a car if you live in the general vicinity. There are shuttle buses that make their routes. Parking meters are at parking spots but if you can find a location on the road, take it.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on campus is not entirely bad. The permit costs are not over the top, they are what I expected them to be. They are not extraordinarily strict with the parking tickets and fines; they are pretty forgiving. I have not had a huge need for a car on campus. Everything is in a 15 minute walking distance which is reasonable to me. I don't mind the walk at all, plus all that walking keeps you warm in the winter.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are a little overpriced to get into the limited campus space. If you're not on campus lots though, you're parking on the street, and most campus streets are metered. Off campus, you can be lucky enough to get a house with a driveway and parking in back, and the streets are less metered. You're not allowed to have a car on campus as a freshman, so the freshman who do keep cars around are taking a risk by parking on the streets/in the lots sans permit.

3 College Junior

Parking: There are a decent amount of lots on campus to park that are close to the academic buildings and public parking on streets is pretty good too but of course you do have to pay. On weekends its free as well. The only down side is if you don't have permits for school lots, you will get ticketed a decent amount of times they check.


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Students find it difficult to park on campus. Freshmen aren't allowed parking permits for campus lots, and street space around Troy is scarce. Those who live off campus and commute say that you need to allow a lot of extra time for finding parking. The few student-accessible lots are small, with the exception of the Field House lots-and from these, you have to take a bus to main campus.

If you're a freshman, don't bring a car. The University technically doesn't allow you to, anyway, and it's just not worth the hassle. Upperclassmen can get campus parking permits, but keep in mind that RPI oversells these, so there are no guaranteed spots. If you live off campus as an upperclassman, try to find a place within walking distance-commuter parking is absolutely horrid. And if you do bring a car, be forewarned: Troy has hills like Rome and stoplights on every corner; it can cut your car's gas mileage in half.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There is about one per two dorms.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Only for exceptional needs
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $135 for resident students
  • $375 for parking garage
  • $80 for commuters
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $31
  • Fire lane: $41
  • Handicapped zone: $101
  • Hindering snow removal: $41
  • No parking zone: $31
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Burdett Avenue
  • Eighth Street
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Fifteenth Street
  • Sage Avenue
Getting a Parking Permit
Any close parking goes to the faculty and upperclassmen that live on campus. Freshmen cannot get parking permits, and students who live off campus have two options: either they have to pay for a permit to park at the Field House and take a shuttle to main campus, or they can try to find a spot on the street.
Parking Services
RPI Parking and Transporation
Public Safety & Parking Access Offices, 15th Street
(518) 276-6616

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 45% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% 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 47 responses

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