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3 College Junior

Parking: To far to walk and too expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost of permits is outrageous. I usually just walk to school because you can get from one side of campus to the other in 15 minutes or less. If I do drive I can usually find a spot in a pay-to-park area.

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3 College Senior

Parking: I find the on-campus parking fees too expensive and I live relatively close to campus, so instead I bike! Moscow and the University of Idaho are very biker-friendly making a car generally unnecessary.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is dreadful, at least if you're a Greek member. Lots are designated by a color code based on who is "allowed" to use them, and those that need parking can register for a pass based on their designation. For those who live in fraternities/sororities, that is the purple code. Purple lots have been removed and cut back a lot over the past two years, reducing drastically where we can park (at least conveniently). There are areas one can park near campus, but they can be a hassle to make use of. This situation isn't helped by the outrageous price hiking for parking passes each year, which have been steadily creeping up each year for no clear reason.

4 College Student

Parking: There is plenty of parking and depending on the pass you purchase it can be close or a hike.


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Parking on campus is quite expensive, and the parking permit costs are within the range of $100 and $300, depending on when you get the permit and for what lot you are buying the permit. The availability of parking spots close to your destination is really low, and you might end up parking far away from where you are going because that's the only space available.

Meter parking is a cheap option for a short while, but it could get expensive in the long run. Typically, meter rates cost between 25 cents and $1.50 per hour. Generally, parking off campus is quite cheap, and there are a few free spots to park at around town.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are different colors for every parking lot around campus, and students can only park in the lot for which they have a permit. For instance, someone with a gold permit can only park in a gold lot. There is also street parking in different parts of campus, such as close to the library, dormitories, and Commons.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen are allowed to park, as long as they have a parking permit.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Permits range from $64 to $325, depending on the type of permit and the duration of time for which you have bought it.
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improper display: $15
  • Meter violation: $20
  • Permit violation: $30
  • No parking: $35
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Behind the School of Music
  • Metered parking
  • Near the Kibbie Dome
  • Near the Law School building
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • West side of the recreation center
  • Parking lots in front of the dormitories
Getting a Parking Permit
Getting a permit is an easy process, but you have to get one early so that you can get a good parking lot permit. Students can either get the permit online or by going to the office on campus.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
880 W. Third St.
(208) 885-6424
Did You Know?
The permit types that have the potential to sell out are the red and silver permits.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 93 responses

  • 18% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 46% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 19% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 97 responses

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