Parking Advice From Ferris Students

Students may need to add a few minutes to their schedule to find a place to park

by Published: Jun 6, 2013

Drivers Beware: Make sure you know when and were to park to avoid tickets from DPS. Torch File Photo

Drivers Beware: Make sure you know when and were to park to avoid tick­ets from DPS. Torch File Photo

Nearly every Ferris stu­dent has woken up late for class and made a dash through cam­pus look­ing for a vacant park­ing place. Knowing where to find a park­ing spot may make a student’s day a lit­tle easier.

During the 2011-12 school year, over 13,000 park­ing cita­tions were handed out. Don’t fret, though. Ferris has more stu­dents on cam­pus than ever before in the school’s history.

With almost 6,000 vehi­cles reg­is­tered, the num­ber of cita­tions has decreased steadily. According to Ferris​.edu in the stu­dent affairs tab, there are almost 7,000 park­ing spaces avail­able. Since the 2009-10 school year, Ferris Department of Public Safety (DPS) has issued approx­i­mately 15 per­cent less park­ing tickets.

With that said, where is the best place to park?

“The best place to park is prob­a­bly by the foot­ball field by the Timme Center. It’s close to every­thing on cam­pus,” Connor Fitzgerald, Ferris sopho­more in crim­i­nal jus­tice, said.

“Some of the best places to park are on the street by the sci­ence build­ing and the meters close to the Rankin Center,” K.Lee Barnes, Ferris sopho­more in pre-nursing, said.

What is the worst time to find parking?

“The worst time to find park­ing is from noon to 5 p.m., espe­cially by the library. At that time, there are gen­er­ally no open spots. If you’re run­ning late, espe­cially on this cam­pus, you might need at least a half hour to find a park­ing spot,” Barnes said.

Where is the most unknown park­ing gem?

“It’s a far walk, but you can almost always find a park­ing spot behind Wink Arena,” Fitzgerald said.

To reg­is­ter a car, an appli­cant must bring a valid driver’s license and vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion to Ferris DPS. Parking per­mits may be bought Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.