It is rather expensive to obtain a parking pass at UT, and students describe the parking situation as inadequate and rarely reliable. Both the UTPD and City of Knoxville will issue parking tickets, and they can get pretty expensive with habitual parking violations. There are not many college campuses that offer a perfect parking environment, so it is one inconvenience you will have to bear anywhere.
Parking is a classic gripe here at UT. There are even bumper stickers that voice the many parking woes of UT. It is all a game finding the good spots at the good times and avoiding tickets. Of course, if you do not come to UT with a vehicle, it is not your problem. If so, pay attention to which lots you are entitled to and those you are not, and plan ahead for walking distances and spot hunting. Remember, parking a large blue Hummer beside Ayres Hall is the fastest and easiest way to make a generous donation to Parking Services.