On Campus

This ain't your daddy's campus parking lot

Running late? Try the valet parking, and throw in a car wash

Some American university students will no longer have to waste their time and energy finding a parking spot for their cars on campus. That’s what the valet parking service is for.

According to this Inside Higher Ed story, Florida Atlantic University’s board of trustees is seriously considering offering valet parking, especially as enrolment grows and the amount of convenient parking at the school stays the same.

But some American universities aren’t just thinking about it. This spring, both Florida International University and Columbia University introduced valet programs, and the University of Southern California has had a similar valet service since 2008. California State University at Sacramento already has its own “premium parking program.”

Florida International says it never had any intention of making money from its arrangement with the private valet parking company, but it does get about 10 to 15 percent of the profits. The service currently costs $5 per hour or $20 per day.

But if a simple valet isn’t enough for you, what about a car wash? Florida International has that too.

What do some Florida International University students think about their valet service? Read their comments here.

Or, see what Jay Leno thinks.

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