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2 College Junior

Parking: pass assignment system is very unfair

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Expensive to park on-campus but worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Unless you pay the pretty expensive price of the parking passes, then you will probably end up with multiple parking tickets. You don't necessarily need a car, unless you live in the cheaper apartments that are about 10-15 minutes away from campus.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: You hve to have a permit to park pretty much anywhere during the day on campus. In most places weekends are free but otherwise you have to pay to park in a deck.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Starting from day one you have to have a permit. They don't give you any time to get everything in your dorm to go get a permit. Tickets are high but i would think average. You don't need a car on campus but to go anywhere else it would be nice. If you have a pass, normally parking isn't to bad. it does fill up fast but there are some left. Downtown you have to pay or walk. You can't have anyone come see you or they have to pay or get a ticket.

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Parking is complicated. All undergraduates apply online for their top three lot or deck choices. Each lot and deck has a code, and can be found on the map on the Parking Services Web site. The prices vary according to the location of the space. No undergrad is guaranteed to get one of his or her top three choices. For that matter, no undergrad is guaranteed to get any spot at all, but they do the best they can. Anyone dissatisfied with the space they are given, or students who did not receive anything, remain in the lottery, and it is run every so often to ensure that the spots given up are offered to others in an effort to alleviate the parking madness. A new deck was built at the East Campus Village that offers 850 spaces for students. Parking illegally is a common offense on UGA's campus. Parking Services religiously scours every lot and every floor of every deck several times a day to make sure the proper tags or stickers are displayed. If you park illegally, even for five minutes, there's a good chance you'll get caught.

Relying on just finding a random spot close to campus is not something I would recommend to anyone. If you live off campus, and don't get a spot you like in the lottery, don't just assume you'll be able to find a street spot every weekday morning. After five, if you have a meeting or want to study at the SLC, there is a free lot right next to it. Also, the faculty lot behind the journalism building is available after five. The pay lot at the Tate Center does not charge students after 10 p.m., and is also close to the SLC.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$35–$400 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20 on campus, $6 downtown
  • Fire lane: $25, plus $65 automatic tow
  • Handicapped zone: $75
  • No parking zone: $15
  • Parking without permit: $35
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Tate Center pay lot
  • Broad Street
  • Downtown
  • Finley Street by the high-rise dorms
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Baxter Street
Getting a Parking Permit
Faculty and grad students get priority selection for parking permits. Students living in the dorms are also given priority for lots near their dorms. All undergrads put in a request online for their top three parking lot or deck choices. Permits are awarded by lottery, and students will receive a sticker or tag to indicate that they have a spot in a given area. There are many parking spaces on campus, but still not enough spots for everyone.
Parking Services
325 River Rd.
(706) 542-7275
Did You Know?
If you accumulate three or more parking tickets, your car will be booted, and you will be unable to drive until you pay up.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 306 responses

  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 19% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 55% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% 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 310 responses

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