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3 College Senior

Parking: If you are a resident, parking shouldn't be an issue with Red parking passes. However, if you are a commuter, it is quite important to invest in a second tier parking pass, Gold. Green spots (lowest tier) tend to fill up quickly and can be out of the way leading to delays

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking at my school is crazy. You have to leave home early to get a spot. Spots mostly fill around late in the morning so if you don't leave early then you got to wait for a long time. It will be worse if you wait and you're almost late for class or a test.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It gets filled up at night, the dorm parking lots. But in the day, its decent.

2 College Junior

Parking: The parking department is terrible. Worse on my list than the professors and classes. They are rude and liars. The cost is unacceptable, and they are always giving tickets. Each one will give you a ticket as they walk by. 2...3...4 a day? Yep. Insane.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking cost is of course too high, and seeing as how most students commute to campus it can be a major pain to find a spot.

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UT Dallas car owners love to whine about parking, but, as it turns out, the parking experience essentially depends on each student’s conditions and habits. If you live relatively close to campus and can afford to arrive on campus before 9 or 10 a.m., parking is easy. However, for those long-distance commuters who enjoy lying in bed until 11, finding a vacant space can turn into a real nightmare of driving around the lots and following people walking to their cars in the hope of them driving away—don’t forget to rage at them if they simply go back for their phones. Overall, campus parking requires students to walk a bit, but it’s still much better than in older campuses elsewhere, which were first built for a handful of wealthy gentlemen in their horse carts. On top of that, UT Dallas is constantly expanding existing lots and adding new ones, so parking is expected to get even better in a few years.

It may surprise many students that, compared to other big schools, UT Dallas charges a relatively low parking rate, and the tickets are reasonable. Make no mistake: Authorized personnel work diligently to give you tickets, which can add up quickly to hurt your finances. However, they cost nowhere near the outrageous amounts some students claim them to be, especially if you’re not stupid enough to park in a fire lane or disabled space without permission.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Residential parking lots are for registered students who live on campus only. Other campus lots, excluding the Orange and Purple areas, are open to all students. The lots include: Gold areas, Green areas, remote areas, and residential areas.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
There's no regulation against freshman parking.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $36 for residential areas only
  • Up to $192 for more convenient areas
Common Parking Tickets
Parking without a permit: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Lots H, I, and the Res Lots-all near residential buildings
  • Lots A, B, and C-all to the east of campus
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Any nonresidential parking lots after 10 a.m.
Getting a Parking Permit
Ordering a permit online is fast and convenient; buying one from the Bursar Office, however, is not. The Bursar Office, well-known for making students wait in long lines and for being unhelpful, stays true to its reputation when it comes to parking issues. At the beginning of each semester, when the office is busiest, obtaining a permit or paying a fine can really be a long and tiresome journey. It is, thus, recommended that students purchase online permits early-delivery takes about a week-to avoid tickets and never have to visit the Bursar Office.
Parking Services
Office of Parking and Transportation Services
Student Services Building (SSB) 2.300
800 W. Campbell Road
(972) 883-2344
Did You Know?
If you get a ticket and don't pay it within one week, $10 will be added to the ticket. Any month past due will cost you an additional $5. Meanwhile, the University will block all transcript withdrawals and registrations that you want to make.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 132 responses

  • 10% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 17% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 139 responses

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


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