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3 College Freshman

Parking: The is no need for a car on campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Expensive if you are in Brazos for the whole year. It depends on what kind of pass you decide to get. Public transportation is great in Austin, take advantage.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are few things in this world I hate more than the parking employees at UT. In fact, this is the one thing I do not like about my school. It's as if a job requirement to be a PTS officer is to be the rudest, biggest jerk possible. They will not reason with you like a normal human being, and they will be mean to you for no reason. You will get a ticket sometimes for being 1 minute over, or for not putting on your blinkers, or for being on the parking line. The parking signs can also be so confusing you'll see 2 signs saying you can park there but miss a 3rd that negates the 2 other signs. Parking on game day is even harder. The busiest spot on campus will have 10 student spots and 9 million handicapped spots (exaggeration) of which usually only 3 are taken. Parking here sucks and everyone agrees.

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2 College Junior

Parking: Honestly parking is one of the worst things about Austin. It is always a pain to find spots, but you can usually find something. There are always tow trucks on the prowl, so you have to be careful.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There are options to park in different places, but are not usually convenient to where you are going.

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One universal truth at the University of Texas is that parking sucks! I really don't even recommend buying an on-campus parking permit if you can avoid it. The number of students more than triples the number of parking spaces available on campus, and that does not even factor in the faculty and staff. One way that you can get around the parking nightmare is if you have a motorcycle, as a motorcycle permit is relatively inexpensive, and there is almost always a place on campus to park your bike. Really don't try to park on campus without a permit. The guards will not even let you drive on campus unless you have a UT permit until after 5:45 p.m. So unless you can sneak around them, you don't even have the opportunity to look around for a nonexistent parking space to get a ticket in.

If you live near campus, you are in luck-most apartments come with parking spaces. But if you have several roommates, know that most apartments come with one parking space per bedroom. The parking situation is not only horrible on campus, but is also horrible in all areas surrounding campus, such as West Campus. So if you don't have a spot at your apartment, it is not the easiest task to find one everyday. The best ways to avoid the parking hassles are to walk to class, bike to class, or take one of the many buses that travel all over Austin and to the University.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $15
  • Unauthorized parking in a state vehicle or university vehicle space: $20
  • Parking without an authorized valid permit: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Parking in an at-all-times space requiring a specific permit: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $150
  • Possession, counterfeiting, altering of parking permit and or possession of lost or stolen permit: $150, plus the cost of the permit
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Brazos Garage
  • 27th Street Garage
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Everywhere! There are 70,000 students, faculty, and staff at UT, and only 14,000 parking spaces, so good luck!
Getting a Parking Permit
The following permits are available: C+ - Available to all students for use in any UT student "C" lots, "Longhorn" lots, and University garages: $170 annually; R - Available to on-campus resident students only for use in University garages: $677-$743 fall and spring, $376-$413 fall or spring, $131-$170 summer; S - Available to commuting Students for use in University garages: $602 annually, $287 fall or spring, $131 summer; DC - Available to students with valid Texas disability placard or license plate to be used in any "D" parking space: $110 annually; N - Available to all students, faculty, and staff for use in any University garage during evenings and weekends only: $110 annually or $60 in conjunction with C permit; M - Available to all students, faculty, and staff for parking motorcycles in "M" permit parking areas: $66 annually.
Parking Services
Trinity Parking Garage
1815 Trinity St.
(512) 471-7275
Did You Know?
The availability (or unavailability) of parking is is why it is best to live at in an apartment building with parking that is close enough to campus that you can walk to class. Your other option is living on a bus route so that you can take a bus to campus. Parking on campus is not your best option by any means.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 353 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 44% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 25% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 354 responses

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