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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is extremely inconvenient and difficult to manage, as well as horribly overpriced-basically an arm and a leg for an inconvenient parking space. The roads are awful so driving is hard on your car. UT Police hand out tickets like candy, even though there are usually no other options for your car. Big Orange Screw!!

1 College Freshman

Parking: its rare to find anywhere to park if you aren't staff

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are rarely any parking spots in a convenient location. The permit cost is unreasonably expensive, however, it is worth it to have a car on campus for the freedom.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is horrible and Parking Services are AWFUL.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on UT's campus is pretty tough to come by, especially if you are trying to find a spot for class. I usually walk to class, because it's a lot easier than driving around to find a spot.

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It is rather expensive to obtain a parking pass at UT, and students describe the parking situation as inadequate and rarely reliable. Both the UTPD and City of Knoxville will issue parking tickets, and they can get pretty expensive with habitual parking violations. There are not many college campuses that offer a perfect parking environment, so it is one inconvenience you will have to bear anywhere.

Parking is a classic gripe here at UT. There are even bumper stickers that voice the many parking woes of UT. It is all a game finding the good spots at the good times and avoiding tickets. Of course, if you do not come to UT with a vehicle, it is not your problem. If so, pay attention to which lots you are entitled to and those you are not, and plan ahead for walking distances and spot hunting. Remember, parking a large blue Hummer beside Ayres Hall is the fastest and easiest way to make a generous donation to Parking Services.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $162 per year for commuter
  • $253 per year for non-commuter
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter : $24 for registered vehicles, $42 for non-registered
  • Fire lane : $42, plus $42 towing fee and a $3 daily storage fee
  • No parking zone : $42, plus $42 towing fee and a $3 daily storage fee
  • Handicapped zone : $200 citation plus $42 towing fee and $3 daily storage fee
Best Places to Find a Spot
Spots in dorm parking lots are relatively easy to find in the late afternoon and on weekends. On weekdays at 9 a.m., they begin to fill up.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Volunteer Boulevard beside Circle Park and the Humanities building
  • On game day, you might as well be panning for gold in the Tennessee River. Parking spots will be nearly impossible to find.
Getting a Parking Permit
There are Commuter, Fraternity (only available to active brothers), Motorcycle, Non-commuter, Perimeter, and Staff permits. Students who do not register for these permits should register for an “E” tag, which is free, but does not legally allow parking anywhere. It will only reduce the fine because your vehicle is registered with UT.
Parking Services
Parking and Transit Services
2121 Stephenson Dr.
(865) 974-6031

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 199 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 28% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 199 responses

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