i brought my car. i paid like $160 for a C+ permit, which allows you to park in the longhorn lots anytime and in the garages after 5pm. i wasn't aware the longhorn lots are on the complete opposite side of the campus where absolutely none of my classes are. i've parked there i think twice. it took me like 20 minutes to walk to my classes in 100+ degree heat. needless to say, i was unhappy. i have some classes during/after 5pm, but not many. so i still end up paying $6-$18 a day to park in the garages
and i don't live near campus, so the bus doesn't even come by my place on a regular basis, and they completely stops their route there in the evenings. a garage permit is over $700 and in limited supply. i am starting to think it might be worth it.