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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is super overpriced, and TUPD gives out tickets like they're candy.

3 College Freshman

Parking: You can probably find something off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't need a car freshman or sophomore year living on campus, but its always nice to have one.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It's expensive and if you park illegally you WILL get a ticket

2 College Freshman

Parking: To the schools defense, we are in a dense residential area without a lot of public parking or a place to but a parking garage other than the one we have. Parking is expensive and exploring the city without a car is either vary time consuming or very expensive.


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The garage on campus seems big, but you can never find a spot in it, and there is never anywhere to park on campus during the day. It is really easy to get a ticket on campus for parking in the wrong “color zone” or parking in a metered spot at night. City parking is only a little better—there are still many permit areas, timed spaces, and loading zones to watch out for, and it’s easy to park in a bad area. There are also traffic cops all over the place, so even if you’re staying somewhere for a few minutes, it’s best to get a legal space.

Only upperclassmen can get parking permits, though there are always more cars with permits than there is space to park. A lot of freshman bring their cars to Tulane illegally and park on side streets off campus. Some constantly have to park three or four blocks away from campus, which can be not only inconvenient but also dangerous. Especially if you’re leaving your car overnight (or returning to it in the dark), it’s important to get a spot close to the university or in a safe neighborhood. All the spots (besides the garage and a few spots around campus) are parallel, and this is also the case with most of the city itself—you’ll need to know how to parallel park if you’re bringing your car to New Orleans. Having a car can be a huge pain and expense, so this is something to seriously consider before coming to Tulane; the ability to go wherever you want is tempting, but the parking situation probably won’t improve in the coming years.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Diboll Complex
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$575 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10 for each half hour the meter has been expired; after 2 hours, car can be immobilized and the fine is then $100 a day
  • Failure to display a current parking permit while parked on campus: $40
  • Failure to obey an officer: $75 and possible suspension of campus parking privileges for one semester
  • Incomplete stop at stop sign: $30
  • Leaving the scene of an accident: $25
  • Parking in "reserved all hours" or handicapped spots: $100
  • Parking too far from curb/bumper: $20
  • Parking without permit in parking garage (during storm alert): $100 each day
  • Speeding: $30-$75
Best Places to Find a Spot
Side streets off-campus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus that's not the huge parking garage next to Aron and Reily.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking on campus is no easy feat. Tulane purposefully sells more permits than spots available and finding a place to park becomes more like hunting. Not only is it difficult, it's expensive as well; permits for residential students are nearly $600 a year. Many students bring their cars and try to find parking on the side streets around campus, bypassing the permit altogether.
Parking Services
Department of Public Safety Traffic Office
Diboll Complex, Ben Weiner Drive and McAlister Extension
(504) 865-5424

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 78 responses

  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 45% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 21% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 75 responses

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