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1 College Senior

Parking: Parking hard to find, expensive and lots of tickets are written

3 College Freshman

Parking: There is not much need for a car on campus, there are convenient bike/walking paths and public bus systems (that are free). Everything you need is within walking distance and the buses can take you wherever else you need to go. Parking on campus is free on the weekends in the garage and there is always space available. A parking permit for the year or semester is not an unreasonable price and there are convenient spots near the building where you live.

2 College Junior

Parking: The campus police are ridiculous about giving tickets. Parking is hard to find in general and they make it even harder.

College Sophomore

Parking: Yea I don't have a car...

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: I mean, I don't drive, but my friends that do complain a lot.


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Parking is not fun! As UVM continues to grow, so do the number of people wishing to have a car on campus. Students agree that parking is not ideal in this pedestrian town, and it’s even more difficult on campus. You'll seldom find a parking space on your first loop though the lot, so you will have to park extremely far away from your dorm. On top of that, spaces are cramped and get even tighter when it snows. Students’ overwhelming advice is to leave your car at home unless utterly necessary.

Parking at UVM is not likely to be resolved any time soon. Parking passes for upperclassmen living on campus are doled out through a lottery system, so not all students receive them. A parking permit is not cheap, and you’re not even guaranteed a space within sight of your dorm. Tickets given for parking “out of your zone” are outrageous. So, bottom line: Only bring your car if you absolutely must or if you know you’ll use it all the time. The final complaint: First-year students are not allowed a parking permit. As far as driving to class, don’t bother. There is certainly nowhere near the academic buildings to park, even for guests.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$330 per year
Common Parking Tickets
No parking permit: Warning, then $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
Gutterson (albeit very far from everything)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere that is not Gutterson, particularly Redstone

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 79 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 22% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 78 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 64% Gutterson (albeit very far from everything)
  • 27% Behind Harris Millis
  • 9% Vistior parking at the Davis center after 3

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 70% Everywhere.
  • 22% Library
  • 7% Isn't hard to find, but it's inconvenient
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