QU students face parking dilemma
With 1,011 students currently enrolled at Quincy University, including 327 freshman, parking spaces have filled up dramatically in Lots C, D, and E. Students are having a hard time finding available parking spaces.
Lot D, north of Helein Hall, is a medium-sized parking lot. Lot E is a small parking lot behind Willer Hall, able to hold nearly 25 parked vehicles at a time. Lot C is the expansive parking lot across the street from Padua Hall and the Café. All of these parking lots are at their maximum parking limit. There are few alternatives to park for students except to park along the street.
“It is definitely very hard to park a lot of the time, especially at this lot (Lot D),” Maddy Barton, freshman, said. “You just have to get lucky with a spot, and a lot of people don’t park very well in the parking lot. The next best parking lot is Lot C, but it’s kind of a long walk to classes. I try to avoid parking on the road because there’s a lot of people driving fast.”
“I think parking is way limited and there’s not enough spots,” Jasmine Hopkins, freshman, said. “It always sucks having to go park in another lot and then walk like a ten minute walk to your dorms, but there’s just nowhere to park. I feel like they could fit in more parking spaces and the parking spaces and the parking would be a lot closer. I know college kids are also not the best drivers, so it could be like better. I think there are a few spots where they can fit in more parking lots or maybe extend the parking lot, but there’s just not enough space.”
“I have to park along the street and walk all the way back to my dorm, and most of the time I am walking back in the dark, so I could get mugged,” Claire Sudkamp, junior, said. “Also, it’s dangerous trying to pull out on the streets. I almost got t-boned several times!”