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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at my school is pretty good. Every student that drives and buys their permit to park on campus has their own parking stall. Parking off campus can be a little tricky, though. The roads are kind of small and many people park on the side of sidewalks, so it can be difficult finding parking if you are trying to avoid paying for it. Having a car on campus is a lot more convenient for places you want to go that aren't nearby. It is a lot more convenient than having to catch the bus everywhere you go.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on the street is free, but trying to find a spot is the challenge. It can even be difficult to find spots in permit parking, as well.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Expensive permits make for student and staff inconvience. both park a mile away for spaces are left unfilled for payees.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking at school is okay. But they enforce permits like crazy. If you plan to bring a car make sure to buy your permit soon. They give you a warning followed by a fined of 25 after then every violation after is 35.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is hard to find for free, you can buy a spot for $100-$200/quarter.

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Unlike many universities, freshmen at Seattle Pacific are allowed to have cars on campus. A permanent parking spot at a student's residence costs $65 per quarter, unless the student lives in Emerson Hall where a quarterly parking spot will put students out $85 because they have a secured lot sub-level. However, there are ways around this, if you're willing to work at it. For example, campus is virtually surrounded on all sides by residential neighborhoods, so if you don't mind walking a little, you can save yourself some green by parking there instead. It's the same story for commuters; $65 for a quarter's privileges in parking. The University offers incentives for students who reduce emissions by carpooling, so if you travel with two students, the cost is cut in half. If you travel with three students, the fee is waived completely. Parking costs are also reduced for students who ride motorcycles or scooters.

Having a car at SPU is a luxury, not a necessity. Many students don't bring their cars to college until they move off campus during their third year. Residents of dorms get the most for their money in terms of parking because they have a designated spot solely for their use. Commuting is more cutthroat because if you don't get to class on time or happen to have class at a popular time, the parking lots fill up and you'll likely have to park on the street anyway and hoof it to class. Parking citations for vehicles that are registered with Safety and Security on campus will be recorded on your student account. The first infraction is a warning; the fine goes up with each citation and it gets added to your tuition payment.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes, there are student parking lots that correlate with student residences.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Getting a Parking Permit
First, you have to register your vehicle. Log into the Banner Information System with your username and password from the SPU Web site. When you use the system for the first time, you'll have to verify your vehicle information. After you verify your information, then you'll fill out the parking application. Make sure you select the right academic year upon completion.
Parking Services
Office of Safety and Security
3307 Third Ave. W, Suite 117
(206) 281-2922

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 71 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 46% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 72 responses

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


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