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1 College Senior

Parking: Cars are literally parked on top of each other.

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3 College Senior

Parking: The parking is way overpriced. If you buy a pass its ridiculous so I just choose to park without one, but I have spent so much money parking even though I am only on campus two times a week. The parking is very inconvenient too. And even if you have bought a parking pass that doest secure you a spot before your 10 am class when campus is crazy.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: there are enough parking spots for about half of the students who attend here and if you are lucky enough to get a spot, you have to move it once a week for some sporting event

3 College Junior

Parking: there is now 3 parking decks which have made it a lot better

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I park on campus but cannot afford the closest parking permit. But, if I do have to park far away there is always a transit bust stop near by that I can go to catch the bus and ride it right up to campus. Although it is not as convenient as having a spot right on campus, there is always a bus near by to ride up there.


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The UA campus is relatively small compared to other universities, and like other universities, parking is a huge issue. To park on campus, students have to have a specific pass. There are the standard passes that only allow students to park in lots that fill up easily or are as far away from campus as possible. Many people who have these passes, which run about $70, park their cars and then catch a bus to campus. To park in dorm parking lots, students better register early, since there are no guarantees they'll get a parking pass. These "resident reserved" passes are more expensive, usually costing more than $400. The University even controls the parking outside of the fraternity or sorority houses, and a student wanting to park there must purchase a resident reserved pass.

There are two parking decks on campus and a third under construction. The parking deck at the Union is metered. The Harmon Parking Deck charges by the hour, and a Harmon pass costs more than $600 for the year. The Transit and Parking Department enforces all of these different passes. The ticket-givers are easy to recognize, and they are treated like modern-day tax collectors. Getting through the year without a ticket is rare; they cost anywhere from $20 to $100. Students who have two or more tickets will get a boot on their car. To get the boot removed, students have to pay the outstanding tickets, as well as an additional $30 to get the boot off, and the ticket they stick on the car almost always leaves behind a sticky residue that tends to stay on the window for weeks. An encounter with a boot can easily cost more than $100. And if you don't get the boot off of the car before the end of the day, then the car will be towed. Thankfully, there is always the Razorback Transit as a way to avoid these parking hassles. If you don't mind riding the bus, the transit is free, and it goes all over Fayetteville, dropping people off in the middle of campus. It can be crowded in the morning or late afternoon, but it's better than a $50 ticket.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Lot 56 is on the corner of Razorback Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It's fairly large, but it's a far, uphill walk to campus. Thankfully, there's a bus route that will take you straight to campus for free. The Pit is behind the western end zone of the football stadium. It's not too far from campus, but be sure to clear out for football games. At the corner of Razorback Road and Hotz is lot 73. It's a long walk to campus, but there are usually spots open here. Behind the HPER building is lot 55. Check here first, but don't expect to find a spot.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen are allowed to park anywhere, but they should make sure they register soon enough because permits can go quickly.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50-$500 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Meter violation: $20
  • Driving or parking on grass, lawn area, or sidewalk: $25
  • Parking where prohibited by sign: $25
  • Parking on U of A property without a permit: $40
  • Parking in lot or space not authorized by permit: $50
  • Parking on campus while parking privileges are revoked: $100
Getting a Parking Permit
You're going to have to go to the Transit and Parking Office to register your vehicle and buy your parking permit. To get a permit for your dorm, it goes by date of housing contract and space availability. You can also have it mailed in if you don't feel like waiting in line because there usually is one at the beginning of the year.
Parking Services
Transit and Parking Department
155 Razorback Rd.
(479) 575-PARK (7275)
Did You Know?
  • The Transit and Parking Department issues 40,000 citations a year.
  • The permit prices are slashed in half if you buy a permit for only half a year.
  • Students are required to register their bicycles with the Transit and Parking Department to leave their bikes on campus. The registration is free, though.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 207 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 17% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 21% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 207 responses

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


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