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.