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4 College Senior

Parking: It gets busy when there are events going on throughout campus, but you can usually find a spot and it's free

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I have never had trouble finding parking

3 College Freshman

Parking: On campus parking fills up fast, off campus is limited

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Sometimes, parking can get quite ridiculous but usually everyone is able to get a spot. Parking permits are free as long as you are a current student.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, but from what I've seen the parking is alright. It could be a lot worse but to get a really good spot you have to get lucky.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Staff Parking: $25
  • No parking zone: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
Student center parking lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Theme House Row (Lawrence Street)
Getting a Parking Permit
University parking permits are available to students at any time during the semester and are required to park in most lots. There is no charge for permits.
Parking Services
Security Services
3206 N. 15th St.
(253) 879-3311

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 52 responses

  • 54% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

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