So you are looking for an apartment, and came across a description that says ‘unassigned parking’. Wonder what exactly does unassigned parking mean?
Good Question! You’ve come to the right place.
Unassigned parking spots are exactly what they sound like – these are parking spaces on-site that are not reserved for a specific resident, but rather operate on a first-come, first serve basis.
Assigned Parking Spot
Contrarily, assigned parking basically are dedicated, exclusive parking spaces reserved either for a specific resident or specific apartment.
Unassigned Parking Spot
As mentioned above, unassigned parking means that it is on a first come, first serve basis. No spot is reserved for the resident or apartment. There may be a dedicated zone for you to park in, but there is no specific space assigned to you (ask your community).
Advantages of Unassigned Parking Spots
Some benefits of unassigned parking spaces include:
- First come, first serve policy – get there and it’s yours.
- Available 24/7 to all residents of the complex (assuming available)
- Are often more affordable to rent, compared to assigned parking
Disadvantages of Unassigned Parking Spots
Some disadvantages include:
- No guarantee of a parking spot
- Can result in disagreements between neighbors and guests
- Non-residents may try to take advantage and park in the designated area
What else to consider with unassigned parking?
The disadvantages of unassigned parking can often be mitigated with dedicated parking zones. In other words, a specific parking spot is not assigned, but a zone is reserved in a dedicated area (i.e. in front of your entrance).
Lastly, in order to be effective, the landlord/manager, must enforce parking regulations with violations.
What to Consider When Choosing an Apartment with Unassigned Parking?
- Is there ample parking at the apartment complex?
- What is the cost-savings of assigned vs. unassigned parking spot?
- Are there specific dedicated parking zones or is the whole apartment complex open to any resident?
- How often will you need to drive?
- If you live in an area where parking is easily available, then an apartment with unassigned parking may be a good choice because you’re likely to save some money.
Now that you understand the difference between assigned and unassigned parking spots, decide what works best for you. As mentioned above, it depends on your lifestyle and the specific apartment complex you are living in.