lawyerwannabe wrote:2Ls / 3Ls: Is the green zone lot that we are supposed to park in (as 1Ls) immediately on the right as soon as you enter campus on Science Dr.? I want to make sure because multiple green zones are listed. Thanks.
As a two year veteran of the Green Zone (finally out this year! Go Whitford!), I can tell you that you are going to grow to hate that place. We share that lot with the business school (and I think a few other grad students, maybe some hospital workers too), and they don't limit the number of passes sold like they do the Chemistry and Whitford lots. So it ends up over capacity quite often. We also get kicked out for all the games, but that is typical of most parking.
The lot immediately to your right when you enter science drive is the green zone. The road is called Frank Bassett Drive. If you don't see any spots on the drive (and unless you get there before 8:30, you probably wont) keep going and head down the hill on the right, which is where the real parking lot is. If that is full (and between 10:30 and 12:30 there is a good chance it will be), you have a couple options. You can check the small lot on Towerview, but that usually fills up before the main lot does. You can also go check the overflow lot, which is across the street from what you would probably describe as the main entrance to the university. That is a pretty long hike to the law school, and I have never had any luck with the shuttle that is supposed to run over there. Besides, I have seen it at capacity too.
But most of the time if you cannot find a spot you are already running later than you would like, and you don't have time to check those lots and hike all the way back. For those instances, you have a few more options. You can park in the pay lot on science drive. I know people that parked there pretty much all year without paying and didn't get a ticket. However, that is risky, and I would suggest paying if you take that option. A marginally less risky option is parking in the Washington Duke parking lot across Cameron Blvd. Students are not supposed to park there, but the lot is never full and they don't seem to police it. In either of those options, I highly suggest you remember to take off your parking permit, it makes it less obvious. And of course, be prepared to possibly pay a ticket.
Finally, if you don't want to go all the way to the overflow lot and you don't want to chance the other two lots, you can try the Al Buehler Trail dirt lots. There is one East of Science Drive on Cameron, and one West. Those are perfectly legal to park in, although they too are a bit of a hike. But they tend to be empty during the middle of the day when you would need them.
And those are your options as a 1L or an unlucky 2L who loses the parking lottery. You can take some comfort in all the exercise you will be getting walking to and from you car though! And remember, if you have class after 5:30 next year you can park in the law lot behind the building.