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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is a nightmare at this school, on and off campus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I keep a car on campus and have no problems with finding a spot or the cost of the permit.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There are plenty of spaces to park on campus. you just need to get lucky when you want a good spot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking for residents is by the football field which is very far from my dorms, there are some off-campus that are close, but the lots are small and fill up fast. It's only $15 for a parking pass for the whole year which is very cheap compared to other schools.

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is terrible for on-campus students. The parking lot provided near the residence halls are very small and if it fills up, you have to park all the way by the football stadium. On the bright side, it only costs $25 for a years parking pass and you can have a car on campus as a freshman, but they really need to rearrange the parking lots for students.


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The ultimate nemesis of every commuter who attends Slippery Rock University is one ruthless little woman known to one and all as the “Ticket Nazi.” Don’t let her small stature and cheerful demeanor fool you—the merciless Ticket Nazi is armed with a “Cracker Jack” badge and a bad attitude. She zips around campus in her golf cart preying upon unsuspecting vehicles. Winter weather does not faze her—she simply clears a spot on icy, snowy windshields and leaves her mark. She is known to strike multiple times in one day, leaving a vibrant yellow blur behind. Multiple offenders may even have a fashionable yellow boot placed upon their car if they get on her bad side—as if she had a good one. The best medicine against a plague of tickets is to abide by the designated parking regulations.

As if battling the Ticket Nazi wasn’t enough, parking availability is a known atrocity campus-wide. Every morning, commuters duke it out for free spaces around campus. If you plan on commuting, it is recommended you leave early to be sure that you get to class on time. Students recommend walking, riding a bike, or taking the Happy Bus to class. SRU’s campus is designed for pedestrians, not motor vehicles. Resident parking is problematic as well, as respective lots are very distant from actual residence halls, which makes for long walks and tested patience. The upside of the issue is the fact that all students, even freshmen, are welcome to have their cars on campus. It’s highly recommended to get a pass—the Ticket Nazi will surely be watching.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$25 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $25
  • Parking in undesignated areas/lots: $30
  • Parking without permit: $50
  • Handicapped spot: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
The earlier students get to campus, the better the chance there is to getting a good parking spot. For commuters, check the student lot by ECB and, if there's nothing there, try the East Lake lot.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Finding a parking space on the side of campus closest to town is a nightmare, leaving many education, dance, and art majors out of luck. Just like any other parking lot on campus, the earlier you get there, the better.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking officials strictly regulate designated parking areas Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. During weekend and nighttime hours, most areas are considered open to the public. Students can purchase a parking permit at the University Police Office at 145 Kiester Rd.
Parking Services
University Police Department
145 Kiester Rd.
(724) 738-3333

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 98 responses

  • 14% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 32% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 99 responses

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


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