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3 College Junior

Parking: The problem is there isn't enough parking for the amount of people. They are working on accommodating that with above ground parking garages. Those will also help with not having to walk far to a car.

3 College Freshman

Parking: on campus parking isn't too hard to get if you're an underclassmen and very easy to get if you're an upper classman. There are usually spots and the cost is $50 per semester.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I'm a freshman so I don't really know too much about it

3 College Senior

Parking: I typically commute by train but I haven't heard any complaints about parking.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 212nd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 550th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 755th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

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Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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Parking on campus is only a hassle junior year, when it’s a battle to find a spot by the apartments. Since underclassmen can’t bring cars to campus, it helps alleviate problems that could occur if everyone was to bring a car. While it’s near impossible to find a spot on Main Campus, the main lot almost always has a few spots during the day. And at night, when the main lot clears out, anyone with a car should have no problem parking there.

Since you can’t have a car on campus until your junior year, you get comfortable walking around campus from place to place. While parking may sometimes be a pain, particularly for the juniors living in the apartments, it is still a great help to have a car on campus. Most events, venues, and places to go tend to be out of walking distance from campus, and public transportation can become expensive. So, even with the problems associated with parking, it never hurts to have a car around.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Main Lot (Lancaster Ave.), South Campus, Pike Lot (Lancaster Ave.), and West Campus Apartments.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$100 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire zone: $50
  • No permit: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
Main lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Dougherty Drive
  • West Campus
Getting a Parking Permit
Freshmen and sophomores aren't allowed to have cars on campus, but Villanova grants exceptions pretty readily with a note from an employer or a doctor. However, parking is pretty crowded already at Villanova and having a car isn't really a necessity although it's certainly nice to have one. It's still a pain if you live in St. Mary's to have a car because there's no student parking in front of the building and you have to park on main lot, which is a walk.
Parking Services
Public Safety
(610) 519-6990
Did You Know?
  • While there is no requirement to pay tickets on campus, if you go to the school, you could be withheld from graduation if you do not pay your parking fines.
  • If you park without a permit or in a non-parking zone, you run the risk of having a nice bright orange wheel lock added to the d├ęcor of your car.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 49 responses

  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 31% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 31% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 20% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 51 responses

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

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 76% Main lot
  • 12% Ask any Public Safety Officer and you'll find one.
  • 12% South campus

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 75% West Campus
  • 25% Dougherty Drive
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