If you’re a commuter student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, your only option for a parking spot on the main campus is Girard Tower, which, according to UL Lafayette’s Parking Portal, costs $325 in the fall and spring semesters.
But commuter students do have other options.
There are many parking spaces publicly available within walking distance from campus. Keep in mind that most of these spots are public, so there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find a spot at most of these locations. And be sure to obey “no parking” signs.
Without further ado, here are five free parking spots on or near campus.
Between Lamar Street and Gordon Street on Stevenson Street, one can find some public parking spots that are only a three minute walk away from campus, according to Google Maps.
However, parking here is extremely limited, so give yourself extra time to find another spot in case all the parking here is unavailable.
If Stevenson Street is full, Lamar Street is a good backup. One can potentially find spots on this road that are only a minute-long walk from campus, according to Google Maps, but it’s likely you will need to park much further down the road.
In addition, KOK Wings & Things and the Acadian Superette are along Lamar Street if you want to grab a bite to eat before or after class.
Girard Park Lane
If you have classes in J. L Fletcher Hall or Angelle Hall, this is the spot for you.
Take a right off of East St. Mary Boulevard onto Girard Park Circle, then take the first left. You’ll find several public parking spaces along the walking trail.
It takes five minutes to walk from Girard Park Lane to J. L Fletcher following roads, according to Google Maps, but you can shave some time off if you cut through the park.
It’s a five-minute walk from here to Angelle Hall, as well.
If you don’t like parallel parking and don’t mind taking the bus, this is the ideal option for you.
Students can park at Cajun Field, which is located at 2351 W Congress St., for free. Just be sure to register your vehicle online through Ulink first.
Buses make runs between Cajun Field and various locations on or around campus routinely between 7 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the buses run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can call (337) 482-5305 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. to request a shuttle to campus as well.
This spot is pretty much a last resort, but there is a lot of parking available here. If you’re not having any luck finding a place to park and don’t want to take the bus or a shuttle, you should look on Stewart Street.
You can expect an eight-minute walk just to get to campus, according to Google Maps, and that doesn’t even account for the time it takes to get from Hebrard Boulevard to class.
However, there are roughly 0.2 miles worth of parking spaces here between Lamar Street and Taft Street. And given the distance between this spot and campus, you’ll likely find somewhere to park here.