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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are costly, but then you have a chance to park in the best spots, which is crucial during the winter months. However, if you arrive too late, 9:30 till 12:30, good luck with those spots--they're probably full. If you head to the south side of the campus, you can find parking on the street, but then you'll have to walk several blocks. So, most days, get there early!

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3 College Freshman

Parking: During the day it's hard to find a parking spot.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permit costs, from what I've heard, are relatively cheap. Ticketing and fines I believe are taken a bit seriously - if you don't have a parking permit, don't park.
The need for a car on campus is minimum. Most students walk to class and classes are rather close.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Finding a spot is a joke and the cops always give out tickets. The cost is not horrible, but if you live on campus I wouldn't buy a parking pass.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is not a lot of parking within the campus. Most of it is located on the perimeter of the campus. It is not very convenient for off-campus students.

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Students are constantly talking about Public Safety’s ticketers (the students that walk around and give parking tickets). Trying to break the parking rules without getting caught is almost impossible, and fighting a ticket once you get it is even worse. All students are allowed to purchase parking permits, which currently cost $78 for a full year, and USD claims they don’t sell more permits than parking spots, but no student really believes that. Parking lots fill up early in the morning and stay full until mid-afternoon, meaning you’ll either drive in circles waiting for a spot to open or get frustrated and go park six blocks from campus. Unfortunately, access to a car is necessary in order to survive in Vermillion, so not worrying about parking is nearly impossible, especially if you plan on heading out of town on the weekends.

Off campus, parking in Vermillion doesn’t necessarily get any better. Many of the streets only allow parking from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., and some aren’t clearly identified, causing the person parking to really have to think about whether or not they can legally park there. The city banned parking overnight on Main Street, and it has received a lot of negative feedback from students who argue that the city is encouraging drunk driving by not allowing students to legally leave cars parked overnight. Because of the complaints, the city has provided some free public parking areas, but there are still concerns.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$78 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • No-parking area: $25
  • Parking without permit: $25
  • Permit not displayed: $25
  • Misuse of permit: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • DakotaDome
  • The lot between Akeley Science Center and the Media Center
  • The meters by the School of Education
  • The meters behind Julian Hall
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Between the School of Education and the Business School
  • The CSC parking lot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • The lot next to Slagle Hall
Getting a Parking Permit
You can buy a parking permit at any time through the Business Office located on the second floor in Slagle. It is easy to figure out where you are allowed to park, but parking in the lot may be not as easy, since spaces are usually full. Parking is arranged and monitored by lettered parking permits. Campus residents receive a B permit; faculty, staff, and off-campus residents receive an A permit; family housing residents have C; and handicapped drivers have H. When entering each lot, a sign is posted showing what letters are allowed to park in the lot.
Parking Services
University Police Department
Davidson Building, Room 101
(605) 677-5342

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 45 responses

  • 11% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 58% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% 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 44 responses

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