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3 College Freshman

Parking: Very frequent ticketing and somewhat expensive. Cars are not needed

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking in the middle campus is difficult, but there is always room on the outer edges near Lane Stadium or the cage.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't use my car to get to and from class, so parking doesn't usually affect me too much. However, I do have friends that complain that parking is ridiculous if you are trying to get on and off campus. There are too few parking lots and they fill up far too quickly. They are also far from the dorms if you are still living in residence halls.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking garage is far and you do have to pay but if you need to have a car then it is reasonable. Most people get tickets if they do not have a pass. Most people do not need a car, though.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: It's hard to find good parking. Living on-campus students have to park their cars further away in "the cage."


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Freshmen are allowed to bring cars with them to Tech, though many find it to be more of a hassle than a convenience. Cars are helpful when students are trying to get out of town or go back home, but for getting around town, it really is just as easy (and a lot cheaper) to take the bus. Taking care of a car while you’re on campus can also be a pain. Off-campus students are more likely to have cars and must purchase a commuter parking pass in order to park on campus before 5 p.m. A commuter pass costs $57 a semester and $114 a year. Even many off-campus students choose to leave their cars at the apartment and walk, bike, or take the bus to class. No one is guaranteed a spot on campus, and when students do find spots, they are often faced with up to a 15- or 20-minute walk to class from the parking lot. Parking lots also tend to be the site for many car accidents at Tech.

Thanks to a great public transportation system, driving to class really is unnecessary. While some students do prefer the freedom of having their own car on campus, finding a decent parking place is guaranteed to be a challenge. The trick to finding a parking spot on campus is to go early or go late. Students who have 8 a.m. classes or night classes usually don’t have any problem finding some place to park. The worst time to park is around lunch time or in the middle of the day.

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Student Parking Lot?
Lots: Coliseum, Duck Pond, Litton-Reaves, Oak Lane, Perry Street, Prices Fork, Squires, Smithfield Road, Track/Field House. Students may park anywhere after 5 p.m. (after 7 p.m. around the Drillfield), and on weekends.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Duck Pond Road Lot (aka "The Cage") or Stadium Lot
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$189 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $30
  • Fire lane: $65
  • Handicapped zone: $150
  • No parking zone: $35
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • The Duck Pond Road Lot (known to students as "The Cage") is the easiest place to find a spot. In fact, freshmen who have cars usually leave them in the cage. There is a bus route that goes by this lot, since getting back to campus is quite a hike.
  • Parking spots are usually available in the parking lot by McComas Gym, but this lot is about a 15-minute walk to most classes.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Price's Fork Lot
Getting a Parking Permit
Getting a parking permit is easy. The first year you get a permit, you have to go to the Parking Services building where you show your car registration and pay for the permit. The following years, you can buy a new permit by going to the EZ Permit page on the Parking Services Web site and filling everything out online.
Parking Services
Transportation and Campus Services
455 Tech Center Drive
(540) 231-3200
Did You Know?
Did you get a ticket and then forget about it? Not a good idea-if you don't pay your tickets, you can't register for classes or see your class schedule. And if you're a senior, you can't graduate until you pay!

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 224 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 27% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 41% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 229 responses

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