Top 10 most (and least) expensive parking permits -

Top 10 most (and least) expensive parking permits

Click to find out who charges $25 and who charges $1,000+


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Most students walk or take a bus to school, but some just need to have a car. For one, it makes grocery shopping much easier. It also tends to boost a student’s popularity at a time when it’s crucial to meet new friends. Oh, and it provides an easy way to visit mom and dad on the weekends. (If angling for a car, don’t forget to remind mom and dad about that important point.)

Whatever a student’s reason, bringing a car to school can be very expensive — especially in big cities. Or it can be suprisingly affordable, especially in Eastern Canada. It costs less to park for eight months at some maritime schools than it does to park for a weekend in Toronto.

That’s why we’ve decided to show you the Top 10 cheapest schools for parking passes, followed by the Top 10 most expensive.

Top 10 schools with the cheapest parking

1. Memorial University — $25
2. St. Thomas University —  $75
3. University of Prince Edward Island — $82
4. University of New Brunswick — $94
5. Trent University — $99
6. Acadia University — $110
7. Algoma University — $121
8. Bishop’s University — $132
9. Lakehead University — $136
10. Brandon University — $145

Top 10 schools with the most expensive parking

1. Ryerson University — $1017
2. McGill University — $990
3. University of Toronto — $760
4. University of Ottawa — $744
5. University of British Columbia — $640
6. University of Calgary — $632
7. University of Winnipeg — $630
8. York University — $616
9. Queen’s University — $608
10. Université de Montréal — $546

This analysis is based on the lowest rate for an eight-month permit (or year-long permit where applicable) at 49 Canadian universities that are profiled in The Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities. Note that because these are the cheapest lots available to students, they may also be the first to sell-out. That’s right — it could cost even more to park.

This article originally stated that the lowest parking rate at the University of Regina was $640. That figure was incorrect. Maclean’s On Campus regrets the error.


Top 10 most (and least) expensive parking permits

  1. University of New Brunswick costs $81 for 8 months, $133 for 12 months for students.

  2. Mount Allison University, ranked as Canada’s best in the primarily undergraduate category for most of the past two years, does not charge for parking… at all. Of course, this could be due to the University being a 24/7 residential campus full of smart, lively people. In fact, 86% of our entire student population live in residence. Parking problems? What parking problems?

    • NOTICE OF CORRECTION: When it was noted in a previous posting that Mount Allison has been ranked as Canada’s best in the primarily undergraduate category for most of the past two years, a gross mistake was made…

      Mount Allison has been ranked as Canada’s best by Maclean’s for most of the past two DECADES.

      The poster humbly apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

  3. Tyndale University costs $150 for 8 months, $200 for 12 months.

  4. Why not discuss which universities are accessible by transit or bike paths? why only focus on a stupid car?

  5. @Maggie Krause. The study is on parking lots, hense the focus on the car, which as inanimate objects are incapable of thought and therefore incapable of actually being stupid………..

  6. The Bishop’s University rate for 12 months is actually 110.00$ so that would make us tied for 5th with Acadia!

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