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UT Tyler ‘Back-to-School’ Parking Tips and Information

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August 17, 2015

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

August 17, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-16 academic year at The University of Texas at Tyler!

We are expecting record enrollment again this fall, and the university has taken several steps to ease the parking problem during the first few weeks of the semester.

We have requested that the City of Tyler temporarily allow parking along Varsity Drive beginning Monday, Aug. 21. The City of Tyler will place bags over the signs in the areas that parking will be allowed. In particular, fire zones, the bus stop and areas immediately adjacent to entrances and exits are still no-parking zones and will be marked accordingly.

Students who live in on-campus housing will be asked to keep their cars in the dedicated campus housing lots during peak parking hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We are allowing students to park in Lot 4 on a temporary basis. Signs posted around campus will help drivers locate some of our hard to find lots, and campus security will direct drivers to lots where parking is available.

These actions were very effective in past years, and we anticipate that they will be equally effective this year.

Parking Tips:

  • Plan to arrive 30 minutes to an hour before your class; it may take longer to find a parking spot than you anticipate. Plan on walking a little farther than normal because the lots near busy buildings fill first.
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus map. Learn the parking lots and building names. This will make it easier to get to and from the parking lots and buildings.
  • Remember that we have three lots that are almost always underutilized: Lot 18 off of University Boulevard, the Cowan Point lot at the corner of Old Omen Road and Varsity Drive and Lot 14 on Campus Drive near Patriot Drive. Consider these lots when you arrive.
  • Pay attention to campus security, who will direct you to available parking.

We ask everyone to remember that tight parking at the start of the semester is a sign of a healthy university. Our overflowing parking lots are the direct results of our recruiting and retention efforts and our growing regional reputation.

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