Some students find it easier to just commute by public transportation, but those that simply must drive should come early to find off-campus parking because it can become hectic on campus. Parking is reportedly a disaster for many students, especially for those that have afternoon classes. It is often suggested that the University build another parking lot, but that will probably come last in line when compared to other necessities, such as new dorms. Also, for students living on campus that want to drive, the pricing can be very steep, ranging from $500 to $800. Finding legal off-campus parking seems to be cheaper and less chaotic than the campus parking.
Having a car on campus isn’t that useful for noncommuters. New York City has a great public transportation system that can get you almost anywhere you want to go. And if students think parking is bad on campus, they should try parking in Manhattan. It can be literally impossible, unless you are willing to put your car in a garage at a very expensive rate. St. John’s does not seem interested in promoting more opportunities for student parking on campus, and there’s only so much space available in the surrounding area. Bottom line: If at all avoidable, don’t bring a car. Parking will drive you nuts.