For some students, parking can be akin to navigating a maze, and the chances of finding a parking places at BYU–Idaho around 9 a.m. can be slim.
Garth Gunderson, the University Security & Safety director, said as more students attend BYU-Idaho, the number of students with vehicles grows as well. With the close proximity of campus buildings and parking lots, there is not much room for expansion.
Gunderson said it would cost the university around $2.5 million to build a new parking lot of 500 stalls.
Gunderson said students with an on-campus parking permit have access to a number of parking lots that are available when their assigned lots are full.
Gunderson said these lots vary from local church lots to others lots off campus.
Jared Rodriguez, a senior studying horticulture, said he has been using campus parking ever since he came to BYU-I.
“The parking lots are well organized for parking close to buildings,” Rodriguez said. “It is a good parking system, and the lots are always clean.”
Gunderson said the parking security office has divided all parking stalls to accommodate for students and staff.
“What I don’t like is when faculty members park in student lots,” said Eric Anderson, a senior studying business. “It is hard enough to find a spot without people parking in the wrong area.”
Natalie Dalling, a junior studying accounting, said campus parking can be quite useful for those who do not have the luxury of walking to class every day.
“I don’t live close to campus,” Dalling said. “It is nice to park here on campus and walk around.”
Brad Parsons, a junior studying construction management, said because most of the buildings are close to parking lots, students do not have to walk a long distance on campus.
“I don’t use on-campus parking anymore because I could never find any when I needed it,” Anderson said. “I get the city street pass now to avoid the headaches.”
Anderson said although there are some bad things that come to mind about parking, there are a lot of good things also.
“Motorcycle parking is great,” Anderson said. “You could just park right out front anywhere.”
Dalling said she arrives at school around 10 a.m.
“Sometimes it is hard to find parking,” Dalling said. “There is not enough of it in my opinion.”
Gunderson said during weekdays, all on-campus parking requires a parking permit.
“The best part of parking on campus is after 4 p.m. and the weekends,” said Scott Long, a senior studying elementary education. “You don’t need a permit, and you can park virtually anywhere.”