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1 College Sophomore

Parking: I have to pay $220 for my car to sit in a lot. Most of the time there are no spots remotely close to my dorm and I end up walking 5+ blocks back to my room from where I had to park my car. It's very inconvenient.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking lots are spread out on the edge of campus. Cops are constantly driving around so one will get parking tickets if not parked in correct spot.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: There are always plenty of spots, but obviously, you must park a little ways away every once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: You can easily park within ten minutes walking distance from campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Campus police are very visible and enforce permits for students who pay for them. Parking is doable, spots do fill up. always meter parking to fall back on.

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Students will need either a parking permit or a pocket full of quarters to park near or on campus. The permit is affordable, and once students have a permit, they are guaranteed a parking space. Parking meters are found in University lots and on Menomonie streets. However, students should be advised that parking at meters does add up, and parking tickets for expired meters add up even faster. The University Parking Services at Stout and Menomonie's meter lady are always just around the corner, ready to give students a ticket.

Parking on weekends and during the evenings is much easier. Parking on Saturday and Sunday and after four in the afternoon during the week is free in some lots on campus and at most city meters. In addition, during these times, students will often find a closer spot. In general, students should pay close attention to posted signs for each parking lot and meter limits.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are many parking lots on campus. The largest lots are #4 on South Campus near the Health and Fitness Center and Lot #22 on North Campus.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen have about a 40 percent chance of obtaining a parking permit. After freshman year, students are guaranteed a parking permit if they want one.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$210 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter (campus): $5
  • Expired meter (Menomonie): $10
  • No permit: $15
Best Places to Find a Spot
Any of the big lots on campus—but you still need a permit!
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
The best place to park on campus is on 3rd Street East near the Sports & Fitness Center. No permits are required, and it's not metered. These spots are often taken early in the day.
Getting a Parking Permit
New students with a room contract will receive parking information via email in June (to your Stout email address). For upperclassman permits, you'll have to register online.
Parking Services
University Parking Services
110 University Services Building
817 S. Broadway
(715) 232-1792

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 17% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 7% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 59 responses

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