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4 College Junior

Parking: compared to other schools, we don't have to pay much for a parking pass for the year. i think it's roughly $20. the parking is decent, depending on where you live. if you're on campus it is generally good. the people off campus have to park in commuter parking but it isn't very close to everything. you can get ticketed easily, but the tickets are easy to appeal.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Samford is growing in numbers, but not parking spaces.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Since I don't have a car, I only experience the parking when driving with others. All in all, the parking is pretty great on campus.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen at Samford have the privilege of a parking garage right behind the freshman dorms. It's great, It is so convenient, especially when it's raining or hot.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I so far have found the parking at the university to be quite easy and stress free.


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For the most part, parking is fairly convenient. There are plenty of options throughout campus for visitors and commuters, but the best spots are usually taken quickly. The only time parking can be a pain is on football game days and the nights of theater productions. A very big lot exists just through the campus gates, and other larger lots can be found near the Wright Center, which is where Samford occasionally hosts Alabama Theater productions and other exciting events open to the public. For residents, parking garages are the safest bets, but there are frequently better spots open, especially in Beeson Woods, which has plenty of spaces right in front of the dorms. For freshmen living in Central Campus, drivers nicknamed the spots right next to Vail and Smith "Miracle Row" because it is nothing short of a miracle to get such a fantastic spot. Just behind Miracle Row is the freshman parking garage.

Unfortunately, for Pittman residents, there are very limited parking opportunities, besides having to walk uphill to the parking deck. However, there is a row of 15-minute parking spots at the entrance of Pittman, making it easy to unload groceries or run inside to grab something. Thankfully, it is free to park anywhere on campus after 7 p.m. and on weekends. This opens up the lot right in front of Pittman that is usually reserved for staff only. Campus Safety is very strict about parking in correct areas and does not hesitate to ticket violators. Fortunately, though, people are welcome to plead their cases through e-mail, and oftentimes, the fines will be eliminated, especially for first-time offenses.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are several student lots (including parking garages) around campus for the specific residential areas.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen even have their own parking garage.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Student decals cost $20, and replacement decals cost $5.
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in Loading/Service Zone or Visitor/15-Minute Zone: $15
  • Parking in Incorrect Color Zone : $50
  • Parking in Handicapped Space or Fire Lane: $100
Getting a Parking Permit
Obtaining a parking decal is extremely easy. One must simply go to the Campus Safety office located next to The Hub in the University Center. After filling out a card about the make, color, and year of one's car, the appropriate fee is charged to the student's account, and a sticker is provided, to be placed inside the bottom left corner of the windshield. The color of said sticker depends on where the student lives on campus.
Parking Services
Department of Transportation Services
Ralph Waldo Beeson University Center Information Booth
Did You Know?
It is free to park anywhere on campus after 7 p.m. and on the weekends. This opens up several formerly off-limits lots for students.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 45 responses

  • 29% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 47 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 14 responses

  • 56% In your assigned dorm area
  • 38% Parking garages for commuters
  • 6% Nowhere

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 43% Don't park in faculty spots.
  • 38% Near the university center
  • 19% In commuter parking lots during classes
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