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2 College Freshman

Parking: OU Parking Services sucks. Tickets everywhere and appealing them just makes you feel like crap.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are so many students and too little parking spots. If you get to school a bit late, then there will be no spots and you will become really late. In the mornings are the best time to look because everyone is leaving. Finding a spot during the day is the hardest and you are always forced to park far away from where ever you are heading towards. Also at night, many people come to park after 9pm because you don't need a permit after 9pm.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not enough parking for the amount of students that go here, and there is too much faculty parking and ticketing is outrageous and very strict.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking sucks. There are never enough spaces (unless you get there extremely early) and the permits cost $200, which is totally ridiculous in my opinion.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking situation is okay a OU I understand because its a big university and its hard to find a parking spot when all of them are taken up.


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Parking on campus is a nightmare, especially for upperclassmen that do not live in the dorms. Due to the recent jump in enrollment during the last decade, parking has become very scarce on campus. This is made worse by the fact that parking permits cost nearly $200 a year. No one wants to add the cost of additional parking violations to such a hefty price, and yet it is very common that the only parking spaces available during the day require special permits. Visitors and first time offenders can often appeal their tickets, but students facing multiple tickets are out of luck. For those who live on campus, there is always the danger that, by parking their cars for several days in one place, they may not know when they have been ticketed, and campus police do not hesitate to add more tickets each day a vehicle remains in illegal parking.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Student parking areas are available, but there are definitely more people trying to get these spaces than there are actual parking spaces available!
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$195 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • Fire lane: $20
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $55
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • In the parking lot across from the dorms
  • The student union, if you're willing to pay $7 per day
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The South Oval
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits run around $195. Many upperclassmen attempt to avoid purchasing a permit but end up accumulating many tickets throughout the year for not having one. If you're going to park on campus often, it's best to just buy a permit.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
311 Robertson Hall
731 Elm Ave.
(405) 325-3311

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 183 responses

  • 9% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 8% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 20% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 181 responses

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