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4 College Senior

Parking: Parking is good for the amount of students. I always parked near the Criminal Justice building.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is horrible! It's so difficult to find parking spots. They should consider expanding.

3 College Junior

Parking: you need a permit to park in certain spots, permits are pricey but will get you a good parking spot

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's bad depending on the time, after five you wont have a problem.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is hard since there are different lots you can park in.


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Parking is by far the biggest issue students have at Sam Houston State University! There are twice as many students with parking permits than there are actual parking spots available on campus. The issue is continuing to grow worse as time goes on because the school is removing entire parking lots to make room for new buildings and dorms. SHSU is referred to as the fastest growing school in Texas, so taking away parking spots is a move in the wrong direction that will only create more problems and give more headaches to students.

Not only are there few parking spots to choose from, but parking laws are strictly enforced by the University Police Department—a vast majority of the students at SHSU has received a parking ticket. The one bright fact about parking at SHSU is that the price of parking permits is low in comparison to those of neighboring universities; however, the permit prices are increasing each year, as the number of spots is decreasing. Overall, parking continues to be problematic with students, and the issue of parking is one of the few knocks on SHSU.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Blue lots are for students who live on campus; green lots are for students who live off campus; brown lots are for handicapped students; and football stadium parking includes orange lots.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Any student is allowed to buy a parking permit.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$175 per academic year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in the wrong colored lot: $30
  • Parking without a permit: $30
  • Parking in staff lots at ineligible times: $40
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped spot: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • By Bowers Stadium
  • Dorm parking, farther away from campus
  • The parking garage, which is pretty pricey
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • CHSS (College of Humanities & Social Sciences) parking lot
  • South Paw dining hall
  • Student parking lots by the library
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits may be purchased online when paying tuition costs or in person at the University Police Department, where all permits are picked up whether purchased online or in person. It is easy to acquire a permit, and there aren't really any restrictions as to who can or can't buy a permit.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Office
Sam South Complex
2424 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 294-1790

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 219 responses

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 35% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 32% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 221 responses

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