Given that CU is pedestrian friendly, with various paths situated throughout the campus and surrounding areas, it wouldn't seem that parking would pose such problems. Yet, there is a high percentage of commuting students who are guaranteed priority in CU's parking lots, leaving campus residents and local students out of luck. Freshmen and other residents living on campus often complain about the distance from their assigned lot, which makes having a car freshman year an inconvenience. First-year students opting to bring their vehicles will undoubtedly forget to fill meters at some point throughout the year; therefore, caution is needed to avoid paying excessive amounts of fines.
Most parents realize a car is unnecessary after one visit to campus, so the actual number of first-year students with cars is few. Instead, students turn in their keys for skateboards and bicycles, while others simply resort to their feet. Problems with parking and transportation seem to only provide major inconveniences during the winter months. When the temperature drops and Boulder is masked in snow, students living off campus choose to drive their four-wheel-drive vehicles instead of walking down icy streets. As a result, parking lots reach their capacities, parking meters become even less of an option, and students are stuck driving circles around campus, desperately seeking a spot.