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2 College Junior

Parking: Too many staff parking spots and not enough student spots.

5 College Student

Parking: The parking is very great because they make sure everyone is given an area to park my having a huge garage The garage is almost in the center of the campus so it is pretty convenient. Many of the parking lots are taken quickly so the garage gives everyone a chance to park easily.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The parking garage is not very convenient and as a freshman that is the only place you can park.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: We are very overcrowded and even with freshman not being aloud to have a car on campus there is absolutely nowhere to park ever. It's extremely annoying and inconvenient, but the university is working on making more parking.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Our campus is mainly a walking campus so cars aren't super efficient unless your planning on going off campus for events and such. the cost of parking permits are a little salty, but it's nice to have the independence of a vehicle so it's still worth it.


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Parking, at times, causes a lot of stress and frustration, especially when students are searching for a spot close to a residence hall or a class that they are late for. The lots are not necessarily right next to any buildings because they are placed on the edges of campus. The University is attempting to make Valpo primarily a walking campus, and that is ultimately the best way to get around. No matter where you park, you are going to have to walk to get anywhere, so unless you are a commuter, a car is not beneficial for getting around campus.

VUPD is in charge of issuing parking passes and ticketing, but officers have admitted that VUPD does not limit the number of passes based on the number of parking spaces available to students.Thus, during the busiest times of the day, it will take a while to find an open parking spot, especially one near the desired destination.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
There are 27 student lots (mostly for commuters) spread around campus).
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$60 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Driving or parking on grass: $25
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $50
  • No parking zone: $50
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Large lot across from the Union
  • Anywhere between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • LaPorte Avenue
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Guild/Memorial lot during a basketball game
  • Outside Brandt and Wehrenberg halls
  • Directly outside Scheele is also difficult since it is so near the Freshman Residential Halls, and the school did not allocate a large amount of parking spaces there.
Getting a Parking Permit
Freshmen may obtain permits if they live 500 or more miles from Valpo, or if they have an off-campus job. Resident permits (sophomores and juniors) are available to any and all upperclassmen. Senior parking permits are available only to those students with senior class standing, and allow those students to park in resident or commuter parking areas. Commuter permits are available to any and all enrolled students who live off campus, including fraternity members.
Parking Services
Valparaiso University Police Department
816 Union St.
(219) 464-5430

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 80 responses

  • 26% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 39% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 74 responses

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