Parking

Location
College Park, MD
Undergrads
24,486
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permit cost is way too high for me but after 4pm there are certain lots you can park in so I usually just bus unless I'm going after 4. If you park illegally YOU WILL GET A TICKET. This is not a joke. You will not get away with illegal parking. There isn't really a need for a car on campus though because the busses are so convenient. If you do have a permit it's for a certain lot which is determined by your year so you may get a lot that's so far from your classes you might as well bus anyway.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Personally, i live on campus without a car so i do not face many parking issues with my school. But, from what i have heard and read, the cost of parking spot per semester is pretty expensive and finding open spots have been an issue when i was in the car of a friend driving their vehicle.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are a lot of people, and not a lot of space

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car on campus but I've been told the parking is very far and pretty inconvenient but I can't speak much on the subject.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you come in with AP credits you'll get better parking spots as a freshman, unless you're commenting you don't really need a car at all. But beware of parking without a permit because you will get a warning or a hefty fine. I've had a few friends fight their fines and get them removed but the whole process itself is just a hassle.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1142nd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1344th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1376th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Hometown
Bethesda, MD
Major
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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The actual cost of parking on campus is steeper than that of other colleges. In addition to the cost, there is not much parking available for everyone. If it weren’t for a lack of spots, third- and fourth-year student drivers would have a pretty sweet deal. Unfortunately, it can often feel like a terrible dream attempting to find a highly coveted parking spot while running late for an exam or a meeting with classmates. As it is at many large universities throughout America, finding a parking space at UMCP becomes a big deal to many students.

Campus officials have done a pretty good job of attempting to limit the number of parking permits distributed each year, although they are building more parking structures and spaces. Yet, as many Maryland students may learn in their economics courses, scarcity really is a real world issue, especially when it comes to the Department of Transportation Services’ policies and budgets. DOTS can be strict with the parking situation and will issue tickets for expired meters and illegal parking without permits.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Big lots are scattered throughout campus, including two garages in the center of campus. Lot assignments depend on a student's credit level and resident area.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $217 per year for commuters
  • $419 per year for campus residents
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired parking meter: $15
  • Parked in wrong assigned area: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Union Lane Garage
  • Lot 1 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
  • Lot 2 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
Getting a Parking Permit
The school is currently on a "green" initiative to get more on-campus students to stop using their own vehicles as a way to get around and start using public transportation, but juniors and seniors almost always have a car with them on campus. However, a lot of the spaces were taken away, so the number of permits available is slowly dropping, which may have a future impact on freshmen who choose to bring their cars to school.
Parking Services
Department of Transporation Services
Building #202
Regents Drive Garage
(301) 314-PARK
transportation@umd.edu
www.transportation.umd.edu

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 45% Lot 1 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
  • 18% Lot 2 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
  • 14% Lot 9 (Best for students when available)
  • 14% Lot 11 (after 4 pm and weekends without a permit)
  • 5% Lot 6 (after 4 and weekends without a permit)
  • 5% U2 (after 4pm and weekends)
  • 0% Union Lane Garage

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 205 responses

  • 17% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 39% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 9% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 205 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 44% South Campus
  • 44% Lot 6 - It is FAR from EVERYWHERE!
  • 6% It sucks cuz my permit is for lot six
  • 6% I attend University of Maryland overseas

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