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1 College Freshman

Parking: Permit costs are high, only can get them through a lottery very difficult, most students don't get one.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are hardly any spots open, it is very expensive, and the parking office is not easy to deal with! There are too many metered spots, especially on Upper campus! It would also be nice to have the option to have parking passes for those who live off campus, but work on campus. I would like to be able to have a free parking pass that allows me to park in the meters while I work for free. Often times I make just as much money as I put into the meter!

1 College Freshman

Parking: You WILL get a ticket. Don't even try.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If youre a freshman and without a job, DO NOT BRING A CAR. Parking spaces, especially on upper campus fill up extremely quick and the cost is quite high at the beginning of the year. If you are not a freshman and still living on campus, also seriously think about how badly you need to have a car. If your job requires it, the yeah get one. But be prepared to be forced to park quite a distance away from your dorm. Something that especially sucks during the fridged winters here.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost is too high, plus there is not guarantee that the parking will be available.


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Parking at the University is hard to come by most days. Unless you pay the $200 per semester for a residential permit, you will be gambling with finding a spot in the surrounding neighborhoods or on the side of the road down by Lower Campus. If you wish, you can constantly pay money to park your car in a meter spot, but that gets expensive fast.

The police do enforce parking. Many people will get tickets for expired meters or for parking where they are not supposed to park. If you want to be guaranteed a spot, it would be better to just pay the money and get a permit if your finances allow. You do not need a car to get around because the bus system works well, but it is a nice option to have.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are several student lots across campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Anyone who goes to the University is eligible for a parking spot.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • Economy/Bollinger (5-6 blocks away from campus): $105
  • Moped/Motorcycle: $22
  • Residential: $215
  • Student Commuter: $185
Common Parking Tickets
  • Improper permit display: $5
  • Improper parking: $10
  • Meter expired: $10
  • Permit required: $20
  • Prohibited parking: $30
  • Disabled parking stall violation: $50
  • Permit/ticket fraud: $95
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Haas parking lot
  • Hibbard parking lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Neighborhoods
  • Water Street
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are given a first-come-first-served basis, so you should apply for one as soon as you can. If you are living on campus, parking is done by lottery unless you need a spot for a job.
Parking Services
Department of Parking & Transportation Services
Schneider Hall, Room 106
Did You Know?
Since residential hall parking permits run out fast, your name will be put into a lottery so every student has an equal opportunity to receive a parking spot.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 84 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 84 responses

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