Students aren’t thrilled with the parking situation at KU. The parking department oversells lots, so finding a parking spot at busy times of the day in the dorms can a real pain. Parking on campus isn’t allowed until after 5 p.m., and students have to be very sure they read all signs in the area—tickets are given out at KU like they’re going out of style. Parking on campus after 5 p.m. is hit or miss, and spots can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Parking at the Union is a sure bet if you’re really needing a spot, but they are all metered spots, and an expired meter will cost you $20.
Even if you park in allowed lots, like the Rec Center with a special permit, the walk to classes is still a bit long. Thankfully, the University has an extensive bus system, and you can always find a convenient bus stop. Students living within a reasonable distance from campus usually prefer to walk in order to avoid potentially messy parking situations.