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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I honestly have no idea. I haven't had to deal with parking, but it seems okay.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking was hard at times because the spots would fill up quick.

2 College Senior

Parking: Im not that wealthily, to pay for a parking pass. They are very expensive, parking is terrible, that is one thing I do not like about this school. I park blocks away and walk a good length to campus. We have a huge student body and there are lots of people in attendance which means no parking. However, i can use the exercise and its helped me work on being early/ on time

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It is better to take public transit or walk on to campus because parking is difficult there. If you buy a parking pass, there is available parking, but at a cost.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is rare and very expensive.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$95–$340 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Fire lane: $25
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Euclid Auto Park
  • Meters on University Street
  • Regent Street area
  • Various locations on the Hill
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m. (permits are no longer needed)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Sewell parking meters
Getting a Parking Permit
Online is the best way for newly accepted and currently enrolled students to apply for a permit. Apply at Permits are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you happen to forget your permit, call (303) 492-7384 for the “Word of the Day.” Health and Safety permits are available for students with conditions requiring special parking.
Parking Services
CU Parking and Transportation Services
1050 Regent Dr., 502 CUB
(303) 492-7384

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 175 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% 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 176 responses

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