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2 College Freshman

Parking: While there are many conveniently placed parking lots around campus, parking is still vary frustrating. Another garage is needed to accommodate the growing student population.

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1 College Student

Parking: I always dread having to find a spot. It really is the worst!

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Parking: Only get in closest before cars fill up quickly.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a problem. Not enough

1 College Freshman

Parking: OH MY GOD. Campus parking is as awful as it could be with there actually being spots on campus. Commuter parking literally requires a shuttle to get to class, and resident parking is so limited it may as well not exist. Enforcement is as strict as one could imagine.

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U of L is a commuter school, and that involves a lot cars. There are more than 16,000 students who drive to the University every day—talk about a parking nightmare! The only parking lot big enough to hold that many cars is at the football stadium. Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is down the street from campus and is where commuter students park. To get to campus from there, there’s a shuttle bus that runs between the stadium and main campus, but this can result in a waiting time that has been known to make students late for class. Needless to say, there are a lot of complaints about the U of L parking system.

Students who have 90 credits can get a green parking pass, which allows them to park in the Floyd Street Garage with the resident students or in one of a few other green parking lots that dot the campus. Sounds great, right? Well, the problem is that there aren't enough spaces for everyone with a green pass, so you usually just end up parking at the stadium anyway. It's pretty much a lose-lose situation. The only way you can win is if you live on campus because resident students are pretty much guaranteed a spot in the Floyd Street Garage. It's highly unlikely that parking at U of L will improve anytime in the near future—the University has said it is working on a plan, but the students have yet to see it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are several student lots, including the green lots, Floyd Parking Garage, resident lots, and stadium parking.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$93-$562 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Meter violation: $30
  • No vaild permit displayed: $60
  • Parking illegally in a red reserved space: $120
  • Handicapped spot: $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
The stadium lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Floyd Street Parking Garage
  • Any of the Green parking lots on campus
Getting a Parking Permit
There are four main types of parking permits for students. Red (reserved) permits allow students to park in an assigned reserved parking spot on campus. Yellow (resident) permits are for students who live on campus. Green permits are for students with more than 90 credit hours and allow them to park in areas that are closer to campus (but many times these parking lots fill up, so students with a green permit may still have to park at the stadium). The purple (stadium) permits are for parking at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium down the street from campus. From there, students can take shuttles to get to campus, so anyone parking here should make sure to get to the stadium at least 30 minutes before class starts.
Parking Services
Parking Office
2126 S. Floyd St.
(502) 852-PARK

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 135 responses

  • 5% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

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


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