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2 College Student

Parking: Freshmen have to park a long ways away from the dorm at $100/yr. Park any closer and you get a ticket, no question.

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3 College Student

Parking: No good parking for off campus. You have to walk really far.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I do not use a car right now, but there's a parking lot close to any living space.

2 College Junior

Parking: I have a car and pay 100 dollars per annum for parking which is not very close to the classrooms

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't have a car on campus.


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Parking on campus has been an area of hot debate on RIT's campus for quite some time. On the outside, the parking situation at RIT seems too good to be true. Every student, regardless of their class rank, is allowed to have a car on campus. The difficult part, as most students find out, is figuring out where they can park and when they can park there. Depending on your status, living accommodations, and sticker type, you are allowed to park in a varying number of lots at different times throughout the day. If you are not satisfied with this parking system, you can purchase a reserved parking sticker through Campus Safety, which allows you access to better parking spaces in various lots, depending on your needs.

Overall, there really are enough parking spots for students to use without purchasing the reserved parking passes. When it comes down to it, if a student arrives on campus before 11 a.m., they will have little problem finding a parking space in a non-restricted lot. Parking for dorms and apartment complexes is usually relatively easy as well. There are not many parking spots that are very far away from any apartment or dorm. An exception is Colony Manor. There are not enough parking spaces for all of the residents in this complex, and on weekends, it can be impossible to find parking because of the number of students who drive over to find parties to go to. Parking on the academic side of campus is harder, due to the lots that students are allowed to park in and the varying hours when the lots are open for students to park. The number of commuter students at RIT is also a factor in the availability of parking spaces. Commuter students have no real choice when it comes to how they get to class. While it is possible for off-campus students to use the bus system, most students drive to campus simply because it is a more reliable means of transportation. If you are looking for parking on the academic side, your best bet is to get there early, and try the U lot first. Trust me, you'll find a spot here, although I can't guarantee that you won't be falsely ticketed by hostile, near-sighted Campus Security officers.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$96 per semester ($152 for a year pass)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane, walkway, or obstruction violation: $25
  • Unregistered cars: $25
  • Housing complex violation: $30
  • Reserved parking violation: $30
  • Handicap violation: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Get to the U lot early, and you'll be able to get a decent parking space.
  • Or you can cheat and park in Riverknoll visitor's parking or UC visitor parking.
  • Parking is usually available on the Jefferson Road side of campus, though it is a further walk than the U lot.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
If you get to U lot later in the day, there is a pretty good shot you won't get parking unless you want to risk getting a ticket, or have a short-term parking pass.
Getting a Parking Permit
All students who wish to park on campus need to obtain a parking permit through Campus Safety. After getting a permit, students will receive a list of lots and times when they are allowed to park there. It is possible to purchase a short-term parking pass from Campus Safety, which allows for better, more available parking spots. You should be alright if you save your money and don't purchase a short-term pass, as long as you don't mind a little walking. Students who live on campus are not permitted to buy a reserved permit for their vehicles, and are encouraged to simply use shuttles.
Parking Services
Parking and Transporation Services
Grace Watson Hall RIT
(585) 475-2074

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 145 responses

  • 32% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 28% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 147 responses

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