Overall, parking is a pretty good deal at Washington & Lee. Yes, first-years are required to park in a lot about a mile from campus, but since they all move in packs anyway, the walk never feels as long as it is. The Greek houses where most students live their sophomore years all have relatively ready access to parking, and for those upperclassmen who live more than a mile off campus, they can pay the low fee for the privilege to park in the four-story parking deck that's a short walk from campus. The deck does get crowded from mid-morning to around 4 p.m. every day, but unless there is a major event, spaces can usually be found somewhere in the four levels.
That said, parking in town is a whole different proposition. Local authorities are strict when it comes to time limits and will not hesitate to hand out parking tickets to drivers who have overstayed their two-hour limit. Street parking near campus is limited, and on Lexington’s narrow streets, parallel parking can be a little intimidating. Besides tickets, police will not hesitate to tow a car that is significantly over time in a space. The point is: Try to get into legitimate University spaces. They will be the least hassle.