Cars aren’t really a requirement at Old Dominion, unless, of course, you’re a commuter. And, despite the attempts of faculty to change this fact, Old Dominion University is technically a commuter college. Even though this is set to change, most of ODU’s student body does not live on campus or in a dorm. A person would think that ODU would recognize the need to have an abundance of available parking garages and parking lots, but this is not the case. Day after day, students fight for parking spots in semi-sized lots that aren’t even all that close to their respective classes.
The largest parking garage, across from the Ted Constant Convocation Center, is often blocked off for University events, creating a flood of traffic between the only other available garages on 42nd Street. On top of all of that, the lots across from the Webb Center (where a person is almost always guaranteed a parking spot) are being endangered by the erection of a new dormitory building. There is practically no point to paying the fee for a permit simply not to be able to park. For students living on campus, don’t even bother bringing a car. For those who must commute or need a car to make it to work, just realize that you will never find a parking spot that is even remotely near any of your courses.