Lexington, VA
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Very Hard
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2 College Freshman

Parking: For freshman, there is a lot that holds everyone's car, but is really far from campus. If a freshman car or an upperclassman who lives less than 5 miles away's car is found in the wrong lot, they're not afraid to tow.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The freshman lot is almost completely off campus. Horribly inconvenient.

2 College Freshman

Parking: really far parking for freshman, but it's useful to have a car

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking, both on campus and off, isn't great, but unless you're living in the country, town is small enough that you won't need a car to get to campus. Bikes are great and parking for bikes is unlimited! Poor parking near campus and parking permits are expensive and limited to those outside of a half mile radius of campus, but cars to get too and from campus are unnecessary unless you actually live that far out.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Mooch off someone else's car if you can. Parking isn't that expensive, but it's the furthest part on campus from any dorm rooms. That said, the school is very small, but the freshman lot is on a huge hill. Also, if you are a freshman, do NOT park anywhere BUT the Freshman lot for over an hour. You will get ticketed, you will get towed, and that ain't fun. I've done it myself.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 351st
    Best Parking Availability
  • 395th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 438th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$50 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired time limit: $25
  • Fire lane: $25, plus $70 towing and $25 daily storage fee
  • Handicapped zone: $100, plus $70 towing and $25 daily storage fee
  • No parking zone: $25, plus $70 towing and $25 daily storage fee
  • Unauthorized parking in garage: $25, plus $70 towing and $25 daily storage fee
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • For freshmen, there are no safe alternatives except the outdoor lot on the fringe of campus.
  • For upperclassmen, the covered parking garage is prime real estate.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Washington Street between the front lawn and Early-Fielding Center. The two-hour spots are convenient-and coveted.
Getting a Parking Permit
Although the security office tries to discourage freshmen from bringing cars to campus, permits are available for the asking (and a $50 fee). Incoming freshmen are mailed a parking registration form in the summer before matriculation, but they cannot park in town for more than two hours. W&L Security tows their cars after this, even if they are in 12-hour or unlimited-time spots.
Parking Services
University Security and Campus Services
(540) 458-8427

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 0% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 20% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 40% 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 20 responses

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