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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Cost of permit is covered by tuition; you just have to go pick it up. Parking is reasonably close to facilities, unless you do not have a parking pass.

3 College Junior

Parking: The cops can be a little overbearing sometimes, parking is good. Cant use a car once you get to the campus there is no where to drive, but if you live off campus in private housing (not affiliated or regulated by the school) it is suggested you have one or be close to the bus line(it runs right in front of the school.) TSU offers the shuttle for free for anyone that has to go between the main campus to the downtown campus and to get you from the off campus apartments that the school has.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It could be a lot better but I think that it is reasonable if you get there early enough to get a spt

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not bad at all. But i don't have a problem parking because i don't have a car. so i cant speak from experience.


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Parking at TSU is an absolute nightmare! Most of the student population owns a vehicle due to the fact that the city is large and most people don't want to bother with public transportation. Every student is allowed to have a car at TSU; however, they must register it and have the proper parking decal. If you obtain a parking permit, you are not guaranteed a parking spot! Even though there are several parking lots, approximately eight, there are not enough spaces to cover TSU's entire student body. If you want to bring a car, make sure you schedule your classes beginning at 8 or 9 a.m., and try not to have any classes between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., because you will have to drive around for at least 15 minutes waiting for an opening. Very important advice is to wear comfortable shoes if you have a full day of classes because the parking lots are not near the buildings where the classes are, and starting around midterms, remember that the TSUPD gets really strict about illegally parking and will show no remorse for towing your car. Having your own vehicle is very important if you do not want to be stuck on campus all semester. A student will definitely need a car if they plan on touring the sites or going downtown to check out the nightlife. Many students at TSU work as well, so having a car is vital in taking them to and from their job. Parking in Nashville is almost as bad because there are not many places available around the city either. The best thing to do is find one spot and leave your car there all day or night if you are downtown or on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$65 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10 for first offense; $25 for second offense
  • Fire lane: $25 for first offense; $50 for second offense
  • Handicapped zone: $25 for first offense; $50 for second offense
  • No parking zone: $10 for first offense; $25 for second offense
Best Places to Find a Spot
Nowhere during the morning rush. There are parking spots further away from the campus buildings.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Wilson Hall
  • Near the Student Center
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits for visitors still don't guarantee a parking spot. You still have to find it. Students are required to register their vehicles to get the official TSU parking decal to park on campus.
Parking Services
TSU Police Department
3510 W. Heiman St.
(615) 963-5171

Student Polls

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

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 61% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 18% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

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