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.