By Nicole Kobie
So you’ve decided to shun the U-Pass and drive to school. While you’re in class, you’re going to need to leave your car somewhere–most professors aren’t too happy when you bring them into lectures with you.
It would be nice if you could get a parking pass, but as frosh are neither staff nor grad students, they go straight to the bottom of all parking permit waiting lists. As the wait time for a permit averages about three to four years, there’s a good chance you’ll graduate before getting one.
There are some permits lowly undergrads can get; you can park at McMahon Stadium for only $51.36/semester and a couple of blocks of walking a day, or you can try to get an unused spot in a Rez lot for varying prices. There’s currently a lottery system for the few Art Parkade passes, which cost $267.50/semester. (You can also park there for $4/entry.)
Paylots are one alternative (prices and locations listed below) but if you arrive between 9 and 11 a.m., you’ll be lining up for a spot, and that’s a really dumb reason to miss a class. Desperation might lead you to park at a meter, but it’s pricey.
There’s also limited residential parking. Travel a few blocks south of campus for free two-hour spots. If you’re parking on an evening or weekend, you can stay there as long as you like. Closer residential streets and alleys all require permits. Another option is to park at Brentwood Station, and either take the train or walk the rest of the way.
There are some other free, somewhat legal spots around campus, but you’ll have to discover those yourself.
Also, keep in mind that most parking tickets are only twenty dollars and drop to ten if paid within a week. What you do with this information is up to you.
The following are spots where you can pay for the privelege to park on a daily basis. For locations of these lots, check out a campus map, or visit the actually rather swank, and much more detailed, Parking Services site.