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.