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2 College Freshman

Parking: there are not many parking lots. And they should not penalize those that got a citation for the first time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Permits seem a bit high but fines are even higher and off campus parking is rediculous so get a permit.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permit prices are not too shabby, but if you really don't want to pay for parking you don't have to. You will just have to worry about finding a spot in time to get to the class that you now have farther to walk to. I say if you can afford it, just get the permit because there is always parking available in the lots.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking areas around campus are confusing at times. None of them connect to one another so if you can't find a spot in one area, you have to drive to a whole other area to park. The garages are in awkward locations so they are a 10-15 minute walk to class buildings depending on where the classes are located. The residential parking is the closest to campus, but the parking is limited and for on-campus students only. The parking enforcers take their job seriously, so make sure you have a parking permit and park in the designated spots or they will not hesitate to give you a ticket.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be pretty annoying, but easy to get.


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Parking is one of UNLV’s biggest topics of debate. Because the campus is landlocked, UNLV officials and architects have strategically seized much of the school’s parking to make room for new buildings. Five parking garages are factored into the campus's master plan, and some construction headway has been made, but it'll be a while until the blueprints are a reality. The Thomas & Mack parking lot rarely fills up except when the rodeo is in town. The rodeo always comes to Las Vegas (thus, UNLV) during finals week and causes total chaos on campus. To make way for horses, stalls, and dirt, hundreds of student spots are roped off, causing students to be late for class because they can’t find a parking place anywhere.

Additionally, with new buildings encroaching on the vacant spaces and the student body ever-growing, parking lots are slowly being sliced away to make way for new construction projects. Shuttles are now in service to drive students, faculty, and staff to the edge of campus from their faraway vehicles, with the wait being eight to ten minutes, but few people are utilizing them.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$125 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Handicapped spot: $250
  • Lack of permit: $50
  • Parked in improper zone: $20
  • Parking in front of a fire hydrant: $100
  • Possession of stolen/lost permit: $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
Lot Q and the Thomas & Mack White lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Lot E
Getting a Parking Permit
UNLV Parking Services is in the Claude I Howard building, two buildings to the west of Lied Library on Harmon Avenue. Permits can be purchased during new student orientation, at Parking Services, or online.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
Claude I. Howard Public Safety Building (PSB)
4505 Maryland Pkwy.
(702) 895-1300

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 253 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 50% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 259 responses

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