Parking at UH

University of Houston

It affects over 30,000 young (and old) people daily. As numbers grow, it is increasingly becoming a difficult and time consuming issue. It is the cause of immense frustration and road rage. What is it?

It’s parking at the University of Houston Central Campus.

With a parking garage not expected until the year 300053 (or later), finding parking at UH usually takes more time than actual class. My personal record this year was 1 hour and 4 minutes (from 10:26 to 11:30) on the first Thursday of the semester. My class was only 16 minutes longer then that (1 class from 11:30 to 12:50).

Follow a couple of these tips to better enhance your parking experience.

  • If you are taking a Tuesday/Thursday class anytime between 10-1pm, arrive EARLY. This is the time when parking appears to be most congested (from my experience). I have a class at 11:30, and I get to school by around 10:30. Parking isn’t too difficult during this time (maybe 5-10 minutes of circling). The problem is, what do you do with the leftover time? For me – go to the UC and eat my first meal of the day.
  • If you are arriving late morning (around 11:30), don’t be afraid to go to the front parking spots to look for parking. Chances are, the people that took the earlier classes (and parked in those spots) are about to leave.
  • Do not, do not stay parked waiting for a spot in the middle of a row. You people who are doing this know how you are. You only create more traffic, and to be quite honest with you, I don’t think it helps get a spot any faster. You’re limiting yourself to one row, what good is that?
  • To coincide with the previous tip, choose a region of the parking lot and stick with it. Front, middle, back, whatever. Otherwise you’re spending more time trying to get around then looking for an actual space.
  • Get there early! Did I say that one already? Well maybe because that’s the single best tip there is. Try to think of things to do in between class time and parking time. I know we all like to sleep in, but would you rather deal with a bunch of hormone-raged college students battling for parking first thing in the morning? I thought so…

Your mileage may vary. I

4 Comments so far

  1. cybertoad (unregistered) on September 14th, 2004 @ 4:45 pm

    I work on campus and am very, very thankful for my gated staff lot. I’m out in the large stadium lot and it does get crazy out there .


  2. Mulletman (unregistered) on September 16th, 2004 @ 3:48 pm

    Sadly, I know how it is. That’s why I drive a big ass car — because sometimes you need to move people out of the way.


  3. Natalie (unregistered) on September 21st, 2004 @ 5:38 pm

    This is the reason why I willingly (though some mornings I curse myself for it) sign up for 8 a.m. classes. Seems like getting to school early is the only way to bypass the headache that is parking at UH.


  4. Hesam (unregistered) on September 21st, 2004 @ 6:12 pm

    Natalie – I wish I could take 8 am classes too. Unfortunately, because I graduate in Spring the classes I’m taking are offered only at one time. I used to take 10am classes all the time, get to school at 9, and have no problem with parking. This is the first time I’ve really had to deal with it, and I can’t stand it.



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