Parking is usually not a problem except for peak hours of the day right before classes start. About 45 percent of students own a car (i.e., their parents own a car that they use). The best thing about parking is that it is free on campus unless you get a ticket for parking in the library parking lot before 6 p.m. because that is the staff parking lot during the day. Nobody has assigned parking spots. It's kind of just a free for all. Also, you can park facing either way on the streets—it's either legal or everyone just does it and nobody gets in trouble.
All you have to do to park for free is get a parking permit sticker from Security Services, which is really easy. If you don’t have the sticker, you will get a ticket for about $20. You can try to fight your ticket if you think you have a valid excuse, but for the most part, you’re just going to have to pay. Parking on campus is safe, but once you get out to certain parts of shady neighborhoods, it is not uncommon for cars to be broken into or even stolen. Just be mindful of where you park, maybe get a driving wheel lock, and never leave anything valuable in sight.