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3 College Junior

Parking: If you live off campus and buy a commuter parking spot, there are plenty of spots but the lots can be pretty far from campus. I got lucky in getting a spot in the closest parking spot, but many people have to ride a bus.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking situation needs work.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I have a pass that allows me to park in several different designated areas. I chose to park in the deck because of rain or to keep the car cool in the spring and summer. The deck is very big and I can usually find a spot without much of a problem.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are few spots but a lot of cars.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking at UA is awful. Even if you have a parking pass there are only certain places you can park. On football Saturdays, our parking usually gets taken away and there isnt anywhere for anyone to park. Its WAY too easy to get parking tickets.

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Students say parking is the worst thing about UA. Getting a parking tag is easy and inexpensive, but depending on where you live could make it difficult to park. Students living off campus get commuter parking tags, and these lots are usually full. But, if you get to the lots right when classes get out or if you take early classes, then you should find a spot. For the students living on campus, get used to walking because there is not a lot of parking. Don't panic, the school is compact, so the walk is not bad.

On or off campus, students recommend you walk or park someplace for the day and walk from there to classes. If you are set on driving, then leave early and wait for students to get out of class, then park in their space. Parking is tough at UA since there are more spots for faculty than there is for students. Students suggest walking so you do not have to worry about traffic.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Exceeding time limit: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $250
  • No parking zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • There are parking garages on campus that charge students one dollar to park. You can use your
  • Action Card to pay the fee, and it is usually easy to find a parking place.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The Ferguson parking lot
Getting a Parking Permit
It is very easy for students to get parking decals. Students must get a resident decal to park on campus, and off-campus students get commuter decals. All you have to do is sign up, and the price is billed to your student account
Parking Services
Parking Services
Student Services Center, Room 103
(205) 348-5471

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 260 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 268 responses

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


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