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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Always difficult to find a spot, and once you think you've found one, you get a ticket.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Vanderbilt is not great, we're not meant to be a commuter school. It's expensive to park and difficult to find open spots.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: You don't really need a car but parking is pretty easy if you want. Just don't park where they tell you not to or you'll get a ticket that isn't enforced so you won't have to pay it.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car because first-years cannot bring one so I'm not familiar with the whole system but I hear it's difficult to deal with

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: They hand out parking tickets like hot cakes. As you get older, the parking gets better but it is all shades of good. As long as you park in your designated zone, even if its far, you wont get a ticket.


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The Office of Traffic and Parking sees the students as a source of income. Parking is much more expensive than it should be, and they will not hesitate to write you a ticket or tow your car should you not be in the spot they assigned you. To add insult to injury, they will find a spot for your car in the garage that is geographically farthest away from where your dorm is.

The main thing to remember is that nobody is forcing you to bring a car, and at a school that is as self-contained as Vanderbilt, there is really no need for one. High parking rates are just part of the package if you decide to bring your car to school; there's no way around it.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$252 per year (non-reserved permit); $880 per year (reserved permit)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Handicapped zone: $100
  • No parking zone: $30
Best Places to Find a Spot
On West End next to Towers, right behind Branscomb Hall
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Near Alumni Lawn
Getting a Parking Permit
On campus, reserved and commuter parking are available through the Office of Traffic and Parking.
Parking Services
Office of Traffic and Parking
(615) 322-2554

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 74 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 7% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 42% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 19% 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 76 responses

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