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Parking: A car isn't really necessary unless you work off campus or commute. There aren't that many places to park and the price for a parking pass is too expensive.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: THERE IS NO PARKING AT SU! It is horrible. No students can find spots close to class.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It could be better. Parking is typically a challenge to find, and easy parking is usually pretty pricey.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost for parking your car in one of the lots on main campus is absolutely outrageous.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking lots are pretty far from the university. the parking garages are expensive. Parking passes are completely worth the money!


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The majority of freshmen will begin their college careers without cars. There is a reason for this. Walking to events like frat parties or off-campus parties, or heading down to Marshall Street for a bite to eat, must now become somewhat of a communal thing that involves more than just you and your best friend. You meet new people, enjoy some long conversations on the way to certain places, and can bond with the friends you have just met a few months before. And you will never need to drive to class, as all dorms are within a 10-minute walk from classes, even if you had a car.

Still, when it gets freezing, snowy, and windy sometime around November, it's nice to have a way to get around a little if you need to make a long trip. Parking is tough for those with a car, especially away from the dorms. Most dorms have a garage near them that students can park in for about $400 each year. It is near impossible to park on campus where your classes might be, and it is almost as hard to park on Marshall Street, especially at night. Students who choose to live on South Campus in their sophomore years will have a tougher time getting around, and relying on the bus at all times can be a pain. These students, as well as students who live off campus in their junior or senior years, should look into getting a car.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
However, only if they get special permission
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$323-$643 per year
Best Places to Find a Spot
During the morning, the Bird Library parking lot. In the afternoon, the only safe place to park and not get a ticket would be in the dorm parking lots. At night, you can park in one of the Marshall Street lots.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus. Technically, unless you have an on-campus parking pass (which you can't get as a freshman), you are not even allowed to drive your car on campus unless it is late at night.
Getting a Parking Permit
There are on-campus permit, dorm permits with a garage, and dorm permits without a garage.
Parking Services
Parking and Transit Services
(315) 443-4652

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 200 responses

  • 6% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 20% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 198 responses

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