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5 College Senior

Parking: I no longer park on campus since I commute, however when I did live on campus I never had an issue.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Spots by dorms fill up quick, but everything is so close it doesn't really matter how far you have to park.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Constantly in need of more parking spaces.

3 College Senior

Parking: There have recently been innovations to incorporate more parking for students, the permits are 100 for both semesters combined. You would definitely need a car to get off of campus to go shopping. The police on campus aren't that good about actually fining people who are breaking parking laws.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Since the campus is so small, everything is close to parking. There aren't always a lot of spots but after the staff leaves for the day, there are much more.


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Southwestern is so small that students rarely, if ever, use their cars to get around campus; this generally means you won't ever be late to class because you couldn't find a parking space, or had to park too far away. Cars serve as vehicles to get out of town or to go shopping, not to get to class. Keeping that in mind, the parking situation on campus is actually pretty good, despite what whiners may say. When you only have to find a parking spot once a week, it really isn't that big of a deal if you have to walk five minutes (and usually that's the max you'll have to trek from your car to your dorm). After all, it only takes 10 minutes to walk across campus! According to students, the best parking is near Lord Center or Brown-Cody.

Overall, the parking situation is pretty good, especially in contrast with UT's. It still proves to be a hassle for some students, but most are thankful that even if they have to walk a little bit, they will always be able to find a spot somewhere on campus. There is a rumor on campus that the administration oversold parking permits, but this might just reflect the frustration of some students who do not get to park right where they want to.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • McCombs Center lot
  • Cullen Building lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • The Jones Complex Lot
  • Outside of Brown-Cody dorm
  • Anywhere along Southwestern Boulevard
Getting a Parking Permit
SU has parking lots throughout the campus for student, staff, and faculty parking. Students must register their vehicles with the University Police by filling out a registration card, showing proof of insurance, paying the fee, and affixing a parking permit on the back window of the vehicle. It’s very easy to get a permit. They sell them at orientation.
Parking Services
University Police

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 39 responses

  • 23% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 46% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

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