Parking at UWO can be both a blessing and a curse. Those who hate public transportation and opt to drive instead will love the independence from a regimented bus schedule. However, parking at Western is costly and retroactive. Although taking the cramped bus can be a drag, students with parking permits have to fight for a spot. Plus, undergraduate parking lots are quite a distance from campus, whereas a perk of public transportation is that the bus pulls right up to active campus areas and drops students off. A parking permit can be bought annually at $336.20 or $180.60 per term, and neither of these options guarantees a parking spot. Tickets are commonly distributed, ironically to those forced to use a pay meter due to full parking lots.
If you aren't a morning person, forget utilizing your parking pass during exam season. Those unable to get to campus before 9 a.m. won't have a chance at getting a parking spot. This morning rule generally persists for the entire academic year: the later you get to campus, the further away your parking spot. Ultimately, parking on campus doesn't seem to be worth the money. Undergraduates are shunned to far-away lots, which makes a bus drop-off in front of a classroom building sound all the more appealing.