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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking can be hard during the week. However, on and around campus there is free parking. After 5pm on Friday until early Monday morning, the North Campus Parking Garage is free. However, you do not need a car since there is public transportation, zip car, and of course the UChicago shuttles.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There are free spots in less busy residential areas. Usually these are far from campus but Woodlawn often has open free spots. Street cleaning means you have to occasionally find a new spot so if you have a car, be aware of the cleaning schedule where you park.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are very few spots to park around campus that are free

3 College Freshman

Parking: still a freshmen, haven't heard any complaints

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't park, so I'm not entirely sure.

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Despite being in the city, there is a fair amount of parking available in Hyde Park. You can always find free street parking, but finding it close to campus can be difficult. Some streets have meters on them, like Ellis Avenue, which is especially difficult right outside of the quad. There is also a parking garage on the corner of Ellis Avenue and 55th Street, right across the street from Ratner Athletics Center. It’s usually packed during the day. However, after the workday ends, spots open up. To make it even better, parking is free after 4 p.m. and on the weekends.

If you bring a car, you do need to be careful about parking tickets. There are a lot of street cleaning days, and if you don’t pay attention to the signs, you will get a ticket. You can also get tickets for parking an inch too close to fire hydrants or being in a metered spot a minute too long. However, as long as you’re careful about where you park, you’ll be absolutely fine with a car. The benefits of having a car are pretty great. Not having to rely on shuttles or buses to get to normal places like the grocery store outweighs the inconvenience of having to drive around an extra two minutes looking for a parking spot. One tip—learn how to parallel park before you bring a car here—otherwise you will be in serious trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Monthly parking permit fees are generally $80 per structure/lot.
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $30
  • Parking too close to a fire hydrant: $30
  • Not moving your car for a street cleaning day: $100
  • Illegally parked in handicapped space: $250
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The parking garage on 55th and Ellis after 4 p.m. and on weekends (when parking is free)
  • The surrounding neighborhood
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Right outside of Cobb
  • Anywhere remotely near campus in the morning
Getting a Parking Permit
Students should contact Transportation & Parking Services at (773) 702-8969 for permit availability information. You might have to be on a wait list.
Parking Services
Transportation & Parking Office
5525 S. Ellis Ave.
First Floor
(773) 702-8969
Did You Know?
The parking permit needs to be hung from the rear view mirror.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 74 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 55% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% 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.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

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