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3 College Senior

Parking: Most of the times, I can find parking.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Expensive for the good spots.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car so I do not know much about this. Freshmen are allowed cars but there is a shuttle that runs to and from the med campus so it is not necessary to have a car.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Since the University is located in the city, the parking is kind of difficult. However, garages that are throughout the campus makes parking a little bit easier. Though, the parking permit for the garage use is on the expensive side.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: They charge a ridiculous amount for only specific lots and if there aren't any spots near by my dorm you have to park a block or so away and it sucks especially when its cold. And there are only 2 parking structures that are covered the rest are open lots and they still cost a lot.


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SLU students have mixed reviews about parking. All students are allowed to have cars on campus, but students tend to complain about the pricing and location of lots. Parking permits are always available for purchase, but on-campus permits can range from $560 a year for general parking lots to $1550 a year for premium lots and garages. General parking lots in central locations or near large residence halls are often full to capacity. However, if you don't mind the walk, there is plenty of space in the lots along the perimeter of campus. Preferred or premium parking lots and garages always have space but at a much higher cost.

All of the lots and garages require a pass to enter, which is conveniently loaded onto the student ID card. Students also must display a hang tag for the appropriate lot. Parking is enforced every weekday, and if you have the wrong hang tag, parking tickets can get pricey. On weekends, most lots are open to students with the general parking permits. SLU also offers free parking in the garages at big University events, such as graduation, move-in, and Homecoming.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
On both the main campus and medical campus, there are parking garages and parking lots designated for students and faculty with parking permits. There are two main garages on each campus and a variety of parking lots based on what parking pass a student purchased.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $280/semester for general parking
  • $405/semester for garage parking
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking without a permit in desginated spot: $25
  • Parking in a non-parking area (stripes or at the end of a row): $50
  • Parking in a fire lane: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Olive Garage, located in the far corner of campus
  • Sometimes, if you check Cummington Street or Bay State Road, there are some open spots.
  • Also, the further away from central campus, the easier it is to park; check down by Kenmore Square.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Trying to find a spot anywhere on the west side of campus near the Village Apartments and Marguerite Hall requires Lady Luck riding shotgun.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are always available for students who want to purchase them. They can be purchased at any point in the year during normal business hours at Parking and Card Services (located in DuBourg Hall on the main campus and in Caroline Building on the medical campus).
Parking Services
Parking & Card Services
DuBourg Hall, Room 33
221 N. Grand Blvd.
(314) 977-3471
Did You Know?
There are parking meters located around campus, but many have a time limit. There is free street parking the farther you venture away from campus.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?     Based on 98 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 10% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 19% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 100 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 59% Garages
  • 27% General parking lots
  • 15% Streets

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 75% Street
  • 25% Open Lots
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