While having a car at SCU has several advantages, it's definitely not cheap. Parking permits cost $250 per year, and meter maids regularly hand out fines ranging from $50 to $75 for unauthorized parking or expired time. Because parking restrictions are so strictly enforced, students who park around campus usually have to move their cars several times during the day.
Finding parking can be difficult, but it's not impossible. Spots fill up quickly, but many students who live near campus choose to hedge their bets on finding an off-campus spot rather than spring for a campus parking permit. On the other hand, students living on campus find that it's a good idea to purchase a permit, as many campus lots are located near the dorms and provide a convenient place to keep cars overnight.