Southwestern is so small that students rarely, if ever, use their cars to get around campus; this generally means you won't ever be late to class because you couldn't find a parking space, or had to park too far away. Cars serve as vehicles to get out of town or to go shopping, not to get to class. Keeping that in mind, the parking situation on campus is actually pretty good, despite what whiners may say. When you only have to find a parking spot once a week, it really isn't that big of a deal if you have to walk five minutes (and usually that's the max you'll have to trek from your car to your dorm). After all, it only takes 10 minutes to walk across campus! According to students, the best parking is near Lord Center or Brown-Cody.
Overall, the parking situation is pretty good, especially in contrast with UT's. It still proves to be a hassle for some students, but most are thankful that even if they have to walk a little bit, they will always be able to find a spot somewhere on campus. There is a rumor on campus that the administration oversold parking permits, but this might just reflect the frustration of some students who do not get to park right where they want to.