Driving to campus? Make it easy on yourself by planning ahead and arriving early. Here's a quick overview of parking on campus, along with some helpful hints.
Where to park
Lots and decks on the north, south and west sides of campus typically fill up first, especially during the peak demand hours between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Generally, the east side of campus has the most spaces available. From the East Campus Parking Deck (Lot 1), it is a pleasant 5- to 8-minute walk to the campus center. Other recommended lots on the east side are:
On the north side of campus, Lot 32 at 24 Fir Hill St., near the former Ballet Center, often has open spaces. From there, it is about a 5- to 8-minute walk to the campus center.
A campus map with these parking lots highlighted is here.
New factors affecting parking
Since the end of the spring semester, three developments have come into play that will likely affect parking this fall:
- Central-Hower lot — The University had been leasing 100 spaces along Buchtel Avenue from Akron Public Schools. Now that students from East High School will be using the Central-Hower building this academic year, the spaces are no longer available to University motorists.
- Exchange Street Deck and the Administrative Services Building Deck — Structural problems were discovered over the summer in both decks. Repairs will be made as quickly as possible during the fall term, while the weather is still agreeable, but it is likely the work will displace some motorists at some point.
- Exchange Street Residence Hall — Some students in this new residence hall will be parking their cars on campus.
Improvements on the drawing board
The University is taking action to improve parking, but the resolutions will take time to implement. A task force has studied parking on campus and issued a series of recommendations that will go to UA President Luis Proenza in September. Among other points, the task force recommends that a 1,600-vehicle deck should be built, a shuttle service should be developed and a campaign should begin to encourage motorists to make better use of outlying lots.
A commitment to service
Parking Services will have its personnel out in force the first days of the semester at decks across campus providing directions and advice to motorists.
In addition, the University continues to meet with the City of Akron and with nearby landowners to improve traffic flow and obtain additional space for parking. We also anticipate that some recommendations from the parking task force will be implemented as soon as this academic year, which should further improve parking.
But remember: You can help yourself by arriving on campus at least 15 minutes early — especially over the next few weeks during those peak hours. That way, if your first choice for parking is unavailable, you will have ample time to find parking elsewhere and get to your destination on time.