Parking Lot vs. The Streets

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Staff Writer

The two most common parking violations that the North Central security office gives tickets for are “Parking Without a Permit/Expired Permit,” and “Parking in Incorrect Lot.” “Usually these two parking violations can be voided if students review the parking regulations every semester, when they apply for parking,” said Bonnie Von Wald, Plant/Security Administrator.

According to Von Wald, if a student feels they wrongfully received a North Central parking ticket, the next step is to visit the security office on the first floor of Miller Hall, present the ticket in question, and fill out a grievance form. The “Parking Grievance Committee” would then review the form and send the student a notice in the mail explaining the security office’s final decision regarding the ticket.

Leah Bukowski, junior intercultural studies major received a snow emergency parking ticket last spring. “I was really frustrated because I was a new student and had never been informed about snow emergency. I looked up the rules online but there was no way to get out of the ticket,” said Bukowski.

Parking is $270 per semester for students parking on-campus and at the 1500 apartments. Commuter parking is $50 per semester. Parking is free for one East Elliot Apartment resident per apartment. Street parking is $25 from August to August, and it is given through the City of Minneapolis only to those who live on-campus or in the apartments. It is $280 per semester to park in the Mensing parking ramp.


Some North Central students have shared their opinion on campus parking.

Samuel Luthi, senior music major, lives in the Elliots and parks for free. “I would never pay for on-campus parking otherwise, my other choice would definitely be the less expensive street parking pass,” said Luthi.

Jon-Michael Sherman, senior pastoral studies major parks near the Kingswriter building and feels that street parking is a far better financial decision for North Central students. Yet he warns, “If you do not pay attention, there is a possibility that you could be towed or ticketed and your financial savings are lost. I think that it is worth the risk,” said Sherman.

Jay Beichly, junior elementary education major says that street parking is a high risk reward. “It can get tricky to find a spot during a snow emergency, and sometimes you have to watch out for when they randomly clean the streets, but…you save a lot of money” said Beichly.

Bukowski likes on-campus parking. “This has been convenient for me but also expensive. I like that our parking lots have cameras since we live in downtown,” said Bukowski.

In the event of a snow fall, plant will declare a North Central snow emergency when two or more inches of snow had fallen. Be aware that a snow emergency may be declared at any time by the plant department, even just to allow accessibility to the parking lots so they can be freshly plowed.

Phase 1 of a snow emergency occurs between 11pm the first day and 7am the next morning. Phase 2 starts at 11pm the second day and ends at 7am the third day. Snow emergencies are stated to allow students who park on campus the knowledge of when and where to move their cars when the streets or lots are plowed.

The security office keeps snow emergency flyers for students’ use. There is a self-monitored snow emergency e-mail list service that students may sign up for at

Students who park on campus should review the parking regulations found at