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3 College Freshman

Parking: You really don't need a car.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Very little space is available, and thus the cost of parking it outrageously high.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The parking is one aspect the school can improve on. There aren't many options or spots, and the tickets are sometimes outrageous.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Permits cost an arm and a leg. It's easy to get a ticket or a boot on your car and pay even more fines on top of your already large permit cost. Parking is limited to only your designated lot before 4pm and lot spaces fill quickly. Also, there are few parking spots to begin with. There is a parking lottery for the worst spots, and most people have to park at least a mile from most buildings. It sucks in the freezing cold!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: If you have a permit parking is good. If you don't then it's a bit dificult to find spots during the day.


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A main issue is freshmen not being able to park on campus. This obviously limits the ability to get off campus, and freshmen are forced to take public transportation or other means to get off campus. Another qualm is the location of the lots; none of them are close to Residential Quad dorms, and you will be walking no matter where you park. Parking services are also more than willing to give out tickets if you are parked illegally. Many students feel this is unfair, since space is limited and students are then penalized repeatedly. This is in addition to not-so-cheap prices for permits; they cost a pretty penny, which must be shelled out each year if you want a spot.

Parking could stand to be improved at UR, and it is a problem recognized by the administration, but the archaic system remains the same. There is simply too little space for too many students, and the parking office ends up overselling the lots as a result. It feels often that their main focus is to hand out as many tickets as possible. The average upperclassman at UR may need more than one hand to count how many tickets they've been slapped with during the academic year. There is an appeals process, but it is somewhat arduous, and students end up paying up rather than dealing with the hassle. Trying to deal with the staff at parking can also be exasperating, and it's better avoided.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$364 for the year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $20
  • Parking in a reserved spot: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Park Lot
  • Intercampus Drive Lot
  • Wilson Boulevard meters
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Towers Lot
  • Library Lot
  • River Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are extremely expensive ($180/semester) and a lot of the parking lots are very far away from central campus.
Parking Services
Parking and Transporation Services
15 Fauver
(585) 275-3983

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 88 responses

  • 9% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 16% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 35% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 90 responses

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