LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - University of Louisiana at Lafayette students and faculty could find an easier commute into the heart of campus next semester with a $21 million, six-story parking tower set to open next month.

The Advocate reports the Girard Park Circle Parking Garage will offer more than 1,000 parking spaces, with cars entering between the university's Oliver and Fletcher halls near the park.

The garage will mean a quick drive to late nights crafting art in neighboring Fletcher Hall art studios, listening to lectures in Rougeau or Griffin halls' auditoriums or hours of programming in Oliver Hall's computer labs.

UL-Lafayette multimedia specialist Chris Welty says students will find the park side of campus much easier to access without having to park illegally or miles away at Cajun Field.