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2 College Sophomore

Parking: I think it's about $200 for the on campus pass. Freshman guys are allowed to park in Binkley and Airline, but Airline is so far from the dorms that you can basically only park in Binkley. It's fine after classes are over, but if you leave and come back during the day, you will not find a spot. Upperclassmen parking is a disaster if you live off campus and drive to class. Freshman girls are spoiled. They get the R sticker which lets them park anywhere they want. If you live in a fraternity or sorority house parking there is never really a problem. Be prepared to pay upwards of $400 a year on parking tickets. The old parking guy gets off on giving out tickets. Rumor has it that SMU makes over $800,000 in parking fines a year.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: There is always a place for me to park, but its almost never convenient.

3 College Junior

Parking: I didn't have a car on campus. it isn't really necessary.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a 45 minutes affair sometimes.

2 College Senior

Parking: It's expensive to get a permit, and sometimes it can be extremely difficult to find a spot, especially during sporting events because the school asks students to move their cars to certain areas.


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SMU does not guarantee a spot to every student that purchases a parking permit. Parking spots function on convenience. The early bird gets his worm-or spot rather. Students constantly complain about never finding a parking spot. Even the students with the best permit (yellow for first-year women or Greeks living in the houses) have difficulty parking. Most will circle around a parking area three times before parking far away in a garage-especially freshmen males. During the day, the garages are packed, and you should consider yourself lucky if you get a spot on the rooftop (fifth level). And if you think you're slick and turn your flashers on briefly even though you're parked illegally, don't be surprised if you receive a ticket. Students receive more parking tickets than alcohol violations.

The easiest way to find a parking spot is to take a couple aspirin before you get in your car, and plan for about 30 minutes to find a spot if you live off campus. If you're parking in the garages, don't be dismayed if the sign reads "Lot Full," because it is never correct. Parking is a cinch for those students who have class at 8 a.m.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$250 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $200
  • No parking zone: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The meters behind Fondren Library, but only if you do not have a permit.
  • Along the residential streets off of Airline.
  • Any place that freshman girls can park, if you can somehow manage to get that permit.
  • The parking garages, after 3 p.m., when most classes end.
  • Faculty/staff lots after 5 p.m. and on weekends, but only if they are not marked specifically "24-hours."
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Hughes-Trigg before 4 p.m. and the Airline Garage
Getting a Parking Permit
Every student and faculty member can obtain a parking permit easily. First, pre-pay for the permit online at, and then proceed to the Park N’ Pony office on the second floor of Hughes-Trigg with a valid driver’s license and license plate number.
Parking Services
Park 'n Pony
6116 Central Expressway
Suite 101
(214) 768-7275

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 81 responses

  • 9% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 33% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 80 responses

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