*Editor’s note: This story was written by Megan Clinger.
Eleven out of the 15 parking lots at BYU-Idaho are sold out.
Brian Tuttle, a parking specialist with University Safety and Security, gave advice for how to get better parking.
“With the start of a new semester, students want access to available parking,” Tuttle said. “Sales of parking passes increase as students figure out their schedules and seek the parking closest to their classes.”
Hunter Braithwaite, a freshman studying health science, said he feels there is no more parking available on campus.
“Parking is a luxury that is offered to students and faculty,” Tuttle said. “BYU-Idaho has some of the cheapest parking available. I was shocked by how many students wanted to purchase a pass this semester. With the number of individuals increasing on campus, students want easy access to campus, and many find that through parking passes and permits.”
Colton Smith, a sophomore studying business management, said he requested a North parking pass on the first day of school but was unable to obtain one.
Smith said he has an on-campus job that requires him to be on campus early during the weekdays. He said he wanted a parking pass on campus to allow him easier access to his job. He said he remembers being disappointed when he found out there were not going to be any parking permits in the lots he wanted, and he had no idea the permits would sell out so quickly.
“I wanted to park on campus because one of my classes is in the Ricks Building,” said Kelli Petersen, a sophomore majoring in international studies. “Obtaining a pass would have made it easier to get to class. I looked online on the parking service website and found out they were sold out of the parking lots I wanted, so I didn’t purchase one. I will now be spending 20 minutes walking to the Ricks rather than finishing homework.”
The parking service Web page, available to all BYU-I students, contains parking request forms, rules and regulations and campus maps. The Web page gives students the ability to request parking permit forms, as well as locate permits to purchase.
Tuttle said he has three pieces of advice about getting parking.
“First, get your permits early,” Tuttle said. “Permits go on sale the last week of the current semester to be sold for the upcoming semester. If you are currently a student in the (winter) semester, try to get a permit for the (spring) semester the last week of (winter) semester.”
Tuttle said his second piece of advice is for students to plan ahead.
“When you plan ahead, you will be able to get the parking pass you are wanting, as well as guaranteeing you have a place to park on campus,” Tuttle said.
While the last week is always busy with finals or students getting ready for break, Tuttle said to make time to buy a parking pass.
“Students who plan ahead come into the office to guarantee their parking permits early,” he said.
Tuttle said his last piece of advice is to have good time management.
“This goes hand in hand with planning ahead,” Tuttle said. “Most of the parking mishaps happen when a student is running late for class and parks wherever they see fit. Make it a point to get ready for the day, and leave at a time when you know you will be able to find a spot to park on campus.”
For a full list of campus parking lots, visit the Parking Service Web page here.