Don’t get Mason students started on parking. For commuters, it’s hard to find spots, and if resident students leave during the day and try to come back, they might end up parking further away then they would like. Depending on where a student lives, their housing area might have its own parking lot, which is a pretty big perk, though sometimes the permits for those areas sell-out quickly. The good thing about general parking permits is students can park in most lots on campus, and as long as they don’t leave and try to come back during peak class hours, for the most part, they'll be fine. As a general rule of thumb, most students who commute give themselves about a half hour to get a spot. Students who live in student apartments, the commons, or other on-campus housing areas should avoid leaving during the day so that they don’t give up their spot to the hundreds of commuter students coming to campus for class. Also, be forewarned that students trolling for a spot will stalk students that are leaving to their cars to steal their spot when the lots get full.
Be aware of all signage around campus pertaining to parking. Parking Services employees are like vultures: if a car is left even five minutes too long in a lot with a time constraint the parking attendants will find the car and they will ticket it. Appealing parking tickets is near impossible. Freshmen are required to park in West Campus Lot, which is located across the street from campus. There is a specific West Campus shuttle that takes students to their cars, but with Mason’s plentiful public transportation options, it’s almost not worth it for freshmen to bring a car—especially since even getting to the car will take a good half hour to an hour.