Parking is one of students’ biggest complaints. According to a 2011 article in the Belmont Journal (student newspaper), the University currently has 3,164 parking spaces. With a student body that’s more than 6,000 (plus faculty and staff), finding a parking spot can be stressful. Belmont security officers don't tend to show much mercy when it comes to parking tickets, either—leave your car in the wrong spot for 10 minutes and you'll probably be slapped with a fine. Thankfully, Belmont is trying to combat this problem. The school is in the process of developing two more parking garages.
For the time being, students are stuck circling the garages in vain, but most people try to make the best of it. Students will cheer good-naturedly when the person they’ve been following for 15 minutes finally gets a spot. Professors will arrive a few minutes late to class because even they couldn’t find parking, so they usually understand if a commuter student has the same problem. Everybody knows parking is terrible at Belmont, but if that’s the worst problem, the University’s in pretty good shape.