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.