How to Avoid Parking Tickets at Syracuse University
If you go to, or work on the SU hill, you probably know someone who has multiple tickets they received for parking on the wrong side of the road. Heck, you might even have multiple tickets yourself. Here’s our guide on how to avoid a parking ticket at Syracuse University.
Odds and Evens
The odd/even parking system is troublesome for some people and creates a lot of confusion for those unaware of how exactly it works. Jinju Won, a senior at Syracuse University, said: “I don’t understand the even vs. odd day parking, it frustrates me.” Won has received a few parking tickets this year because of the confusing parking signs, and she’s not alone. So, here is our simple breakdown of how the system works and how you can save yourself from a ticket.
Let’s say today is the 14th. This means that based on the rule here of 8PM Even to 8AM odd, you must park on the side of the street with the even house numbers between the hours of 8PM the 14th until 8AM the 15th. So, if it’s the 14th and you see the more common ‘6PM even days to 6PM odd days’ signs, park on the even house numbered side of the street on the 14th after 6PM and move to the odd house numbered side of the street by 6PM on the 15th. The most important thing to remember is to read the sign and take note of the times listed. Even if you do this, watch out for fools days. These fall on the 31st of the month when the following day of the 1st is also an odd number. In this case, just simply leave your car parked on the odd side of the road.
University Parking Garages & Lots
We talked to Scot Vanderpool, Manager of Parking Services at Syracuse University, who gave some great insight on parking garages on campus. The bottom line, you can only park in a garage on campus if you have an SU issued permit for that location. However, there is one garage that you can be admitted into with any kind of SU issued permit: the Booth garage at the corner of Waverly and Comstock. You can park here after 4:30PM and anytime on weekends.
Not to worry, the garages aren’t your only choice. If you’re on the SU hill and have any kind of SU issued permit for any lot, there are certain lots available for your parking on weekends and after 4:30PM on weekdays. For a comprehensive list of all lots available to you with your SU permit, check out this map. Orange colored lots are fair game after 4:30PM on weekdays and anytime on the weekends.
Now that you know where and when you can and cannot park, the next question you probably have is about the cost of parking. Good news, some parking at SU is actually free during the day, but you better be up early.
Vanderpool mentioned “free parking now exists along Comstock (between Euclid and Waverly) and Waverly (between Comstock and Crouse). I think you have to get to campus quite early to access them.”
So, if you’re willing to get up bright and early, you can save yourself some coin and park for free. This is probably the best bet for a student to find parking if you don’t have a permit, especially on those cold winter mornings when walking to class seems unreasonable. This can be frustrating for students, and as Won puts it “when I am dressed for an interview, or presentation I would like to have my car to keep clothes or extra shoes in. But due to the parking limitations, I am unable to do so.”
This is a common problem a lot of students face. So, if you aren’t fortunate enough for the free parking, not to worry. Paid meter parking is available throughout Walnut park, South Crouse Ave., and Marshall street, common parking locations close to campus. Each of these paid spots charge a rate of $1.25 per hour until 6PM. Not bad if you’re in desperate need of parking.
Most of these locations are 2-hour parking spots, so be careful to watch your time, or change spots after the 2 hours has passed. Supposedly, 2 hour parking is monitored by marking your tire with a chalk stick, and checking 2 hours later to determine if you have overstayed your welcome at that spot. According to the City of Syracuse, “harboring”, or staying over 2 hours in a spot will certainly earn you a ticket, regardless if you pay the meter longer than the 2-hour limit. But, our personal research has found that you might be able to push that time limit a little bit if you need to, just know you run the risk of a ticket any time over 2 hours you stay there.
Event parking can be most confusing. A lot of the rules change and can cause a lot of confusion for those who attend school or work on the SU hill, as well as visitors to the area. Most of the garages become paid parking locations, and oftentimes, street parking is closed off. This can make it really difficult to find a spot for the game, so SU recommends parking at Skytop and taking a bus down. If you were hoping to use your SU parking permit to park in a garage or lot after 4:30PM on game-day, think again. On these days your permit won’t work for those lots as they sell the space to game attendees.
If you must drive down to campus on game days, look for street parking just off campus in the University neighborhood. Oftentimes, these spaces are particularly unoccupied and can offer a hassle-free location away from the traffic of game day. But, as mentioned before, stay aware of the parking rules for that location in order to avoid a ticket, tow, or even worse, the dreaded boot.
The best ways to avoid a ticket are reading the signs, obey odd vs. even parking rules, and pay attention to how long you have been parked. If you can do these three things, you’re almost certain to avoid a ticket. Even if you have to “call your father to explain the odd vs. even” parking rule, as Won mentioned, it’s often small mistakes that result in tickets. If you do get a ticket for an unexpected reason, be sure to pay it quickly. Letting tickets accumulate could lead to your car getting the boot, and nobody wants to see that.
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