Sam Houston and student parking

Photo courtesy of Lizeth Gonzalez

As the school year begins and all of Sam Houston State University students flood to campus to their classes, we are all faced with the same obstacle; parking.

Unless you are a student living on campus or willing to spend money on a parking garage, the closest you will get to campus is the zone two lot. Even with Sam Houston’s numerous parking lots, the spaces become scarce very quickly in the day.

Even with zone lot parking, some students still have to park in lots far from campus, which leads to additional commute time when going to class.

All the walking and trying to navigate all the parking zones can be confusing for new students. Checking out the campus before school starts and looking up parking zones online beforehand is the best way for new students to avoid these headaches.

However, Sam Houston State University has a variety of lots to pick from that can accommodate student needs and budgets. According to the Sam Houston State University Annual ePermits page, students are given the following options for parking:

  • Garage $500 / year
  • Residential $216 / year
  • Zone 2 $198 / year
  • Zone 3 $83 / year
  • Overflow $55 / year
  • Motorcycle $110 / year
  • Osteopathic $238 / year

Although prices range depending on parking availability and area location, students who are not able to pay for parking permits can also use the ParkMobile app for hourly and daily parking in most parking garages, zone one, zone two and zone three lots. 

Additionally, students who live in university off-campus apartments can also use the shuttles to avoid campus parking.

Navigating a new campus can be a challenge for new students, but the parking on campus can be navigated smartly if new Bearkats plan and learn where they can park and avoid being forced off-campus.

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