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3 College Junior

Parking: Wish I didn't have to pay for parking

3 College Sophomore

Parking: A lot of people will tell you otherwise, but honestly, it's not that hard to get parking on campus. Not everyone can get their first choice of lots, but the big lots on the edges of campus like W always have open spots. The only problem is that you might not be able to park near where you live, and if you live somewhere like an apartment or South with reserved parking, the permits are more expensive. I paid more for my high school than for UConn parking. Handing out tickets is probably UConn's favorite hobby, and especially in popular areas, if you don't have a permit or park in a no-parking/handicapped zone, you will get ticketed for sure. But again, perimeter lots aren't as bad. Any commuter, or anyone with 54 or more credits (junior status) can get on campus parking.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is an ongoing issue at UConn. The staff complain about parking as well as the students. There just aren't enough close-by lots for all of the people using the center of campus, so most people must park in one of the huge lots that are a good 10 to 15 minute walk from classes and dorms. Ticketing is enforced so strictly that you can rely on a ticket if you park in the wrong spot for class or work, and the garages aren't a bad distance away, but cost money.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car but I presume it's good

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is plenty of parking but buying a permit is expensive. If you are a guest, the parking garage fees are very reasonable.

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Students need 54 or more course credits to have their car on campus. Despite having parking lots all over campus, it usually seems impossible to find a parking spot. No matter where you park, you’ll have quite a walk to your car from wherever you live (unless you happen to luck out and park right outside of your door). All parking lots are on the outskirts of campus, and the farther away you get, the more likely you are to find a spot.

If you live in an apartment on campus, there are parking lots right outside of your building. Don’t worry about guests on the weekends because it becomes a parking free-for-all at 5 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday. If you’re thinking about commuting, you’ll almost always find a parking spot in the commuter-designated lots—they’re just farther off campus. No matter what, your best bet is to just learn the bus schedule.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are student lots all across campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Students must have 54 or more credits in order to be eligible for parking.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $110 per year for residents
  • Between $86 and $324 per year for commuters
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • No parking zone: $20-$50
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
W and F lots are the largest, but they are the farthest away from the center of campus.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Some dorm buildings have a few parking spots outside, but because there are so few spots, it's very unlikely you'll find an empty one.
Getting a Parking Permit
Qualified students register their car with the Department of Parking and Transportation Services by paying the parking fee. They then receive a parking sticker to be displayed on their car's windshield. This allows them to park in resident-assigned lots on campus. Cars must be registered before each academic year, when new permit stickers will be issued.
Parking Services
Department of Parking and Transporation Services
3 North Hillside Rd.
Unit 6199
(860) 486-4930

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 199 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 39% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 200 responses

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