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2 College Junior

Parking: It's horribly expensive to bring your car to campus and getting a permit is a hassle.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking situation in Ripon is okay. There are several lots available, each at varying prices. The ones that are closer to the dorms and general buildings are a lot more expensive than our "storage" lots. Our storage lots cost $100/year and are a decent walk from most of the buildings on campus. You get what you pay for. Parking is strictly enforced, and occasionally people can get parked in.

4 College Senior

Parking: Parking is great at Ripon

3 College Junior

Parking: The parking situation on campus could definetely be improved, but it is not unreasonable. It is more expensive to get a parking pass for one of the more convenient lots, and the general parking is a walk from most of campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is expensive and there isn't a lot of it. What little parking they have is poorly located. In general though Everything In Ripon is so close together it is ridiculous to even have a car unless you plan to drive home on weekends or go on trips outside of Ripon.

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It's not hard to get a parking permit for your car, but you might not get your first choice of lot. The costs for parking aren't too bad, but having a car on campus isn't all that necessary. Lots of students have bikes or just walk places. Nothing is very far away from campus. Plus, if you do need to go farther, it is likely that you will meet and become friends with someone who does have a car on campus. At least for your first year, it would probably be a good idea to leave the car at home for several reasons. First, you won't be tempted to run home every weekend because you're a little homesick. It will make you stay on campus and get involved. Second, it's just less of a hassle. You don't have to worry about paying for gas, and when it snows, you won't have to shovel out your car. And lastly, you don't have to pay for a permit, and there is absolutely no way that you'll get a ticket if you don't even have a car on campus.

Parking is pretty well enforced. While tickets aren't that much, they do add up. Some people might say that they've parked in the wrong lot overnight and not gotten a ticket, but they're lucky. Lots of people test their luck twice and get busted for it. So be smart and get a parking permit, and park in your assigned lot.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
The student lots include: R lot (Kemper), I lot (Thorne Street) P lot (Scott Hall - RA parking only), O lot (Tri-Dorms), N lot (Watson Street) , U lot (Union Street), southwest section of Storzer lot, and northwest section of Rodman lot.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
As long as they live on campus
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $100 per year for storage lots (West Storzer lot, southwest and northwest posted sections of Storzer/Rodman lot)
  • $175 per year for Union Street and Watson Street lots
  • $250 per year for the Tri-Dorms lot, Scott Hall lot, Thorne Street lot, and Kemper lot
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to move vehicle for snow removal: $15
  • Parked in the wrong lot: $25
  • Parked in a lot without a permit overnight: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
There are always spots in the Storzer lot, but you have to have a permit.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Tri-Dorms parking lot is always full.
Getting a Parking Permit
It is relatively easy to get a parking permit; it just might not be a lot near your building. To get a parking permit, you just have to read the student parking policies and complete the student vehicle parking application. The process of assigning parking lots and permits is based on class seniority.
Parking Services
Safety and Security/Physical Plant
829 Congress Street
Physical Plant Building
(920) 748-8142

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 31 responses

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% 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 34 responses

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