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3 College Student

Parking: The parking fee is reasonable

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be expensive and the student lot is somewhat distanced from the dorms and classroom buildings. However, there are buses around campus that can take you to the parking lot, and it really isn't very necessary to have a car on campus. Students can ride the metro and the bus for free, and most necessities like a pharmacy and a grocery store are within walking distance of campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a frustrating endeavor, but manageable. The only real complaint is cost.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Unless you're an upperclassman, you can't get a parking space in the lots by the dorms. Instead, you park in West Lot, which is by the stadium. It's a 5-10 minute walk, but there's a shuttle that can take you around faster.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: The main lots are very far from anything.

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Students give Rice mixed reviews on parking. Some students acknowledge that the parking situation is far superior to many other schools. (It’s never a problem to get a spot. You just register your car, pay your fee, and put the sticker on your window.) For anyone from New England or other big cities, it sounds fabulous. However, due to expansion and recent building projects, parking costs have gone up in price and spots fill up quicker. As a result, fewer students are bringing their cars to campus.

The big parking lots are far away by Rice campus standards, especially if you are assigned to one of the North Colleges (10 to 15 minutes on foot). This isn’t insurmountable, of course, and there are campus shuttles that go to the lots, but it does discourage spur-of-the-moment late-night trips to grab food or go visit your off-campus friends. Luckily, by the time you are a senior, you have a pretty good shot at getting a parking place in one of the small college lots. These spots cost a bit more but are well worth the extra money for the increased proximity and convenience. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $160-$731 (depending on the lot)
  • Undergraduate surcharge: $210 (sophomore or older), $300 (freshman)
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone, illegally parked overtime: $30
  • Fire lane: $305
  • Handicapped zone: $500
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Greenbriar Lot
  • West Lot
  • Central Campus Garage
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
North and South lots
Getting a Parking Permit
It's easy to obtain a parking permit as an undergraduate at Rice. Any student can get a permit to park in the Greenbriar or West lots, and lucky upperclassmen (almost exclusively seniors and/or officers in student government) may get permits to park in their college lots, which are located much closer to the residential colleges. However, it is more difficult to get parking in the South or North college lots, and they are more expensive.
Parking Services
Parking Office
Central Campus Garage, first level
(713) 348-7275
Did You Know?
Rice has a great policy of 15-minute parking along the Inner loop and President's Drive (areas where parking is not permitted). Students can park their cars alongside the curb and leave their emergency lights blinking while they run into a building for an errand, drop something off for a friend, unload boxes, or whatever. While students do occasionally luck out and are able to leave their car parked in this manner for longer than 15 minutes, Rice's parking enforcement is very strict. If you don't want a ticket, you probably shouldn't risk it!

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 68 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 16% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 67 responses

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