Parking

Location
Morgantown, WV
Undergrads
21,118
Tuition (in-state)
$19,632 ($6,456)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Freshman

Parking: we need more parking options; preferably free.

College Sophomore

Parking: I do not live on campus and do not have to deal with parking, but I have been told by numerous friends that parking in Morgantown is terrible.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Dont bring a car up here unless living off campus!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: hard to find and expensive

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Sometimes it is necessary to drive somewhere but with the outrageous hourly rates and the lack of spots, sometimes it is nearly impossible.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1284th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1358th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1373rd
    Best Parking Availability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessica Murphy
Hometown
Parkersburg, WV
Major
English
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All students are permitted to bring cars to WVU, but freshmen are encouraged to leave cars at home unless they are of absolute necessity. All students who do bring automobiles are required to purchase a parking pass. Permits can cost anywhere from $100–$300 for University-sponsored lots. Students living off campus can buy street permits for $5 for the year, but they do not guarantee a spot. Parking is extremely limited both on campus and in town: Parking anywhere on Downtown Campus is virtually impossible unless students arrive extremely early in the morning to find a spot in the Mountainlair Parking Garage, and there are few meter spots on campus. Parking in town is a little easier than on campus, but it’s still few and far between. Mostly all the parking consists of meter spots on the street, or meter lots on side streets.

It is worth bringing a car to campus if students live far away from WVU. That makes it easier on parents who have to pick up their students for vacations. Also, it makes it easier to get to places like the Rec Center, or the mall because students don’t have to wait for public transportation. It is always good to have a car to rely on in case emergencies or if public transportation is not running with a student’s schedule. It is advised to carpool and only bring a car if it is a necessity. Parking will be a hassle, so students should be prepared to deal with a little stress.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Yes
There are several parking lots throughout campus for students to park in, but most require a WVU parking permit specific to that certain lot. Students can park for free at the Coliseum, but they can not leave their cars there overnight.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
But it's discouraged
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$170–$720 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $10
  • Fire lane: $10, plus possible tow
  • Handicapped zone: $10, plus possible tow
  • No parking zone: $10, plus possible tow
Best Places to Find a Spot
Spots on the side of the street like on High Street are usually available. These are all meter spots. There are also several meter lots near High Street that are often available.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
One of the hardest places to find a spot is in the Mountainlair during the day. It is filled with cars of commuters and professors, and it's almost impossible to get into unless you are there very early.
Getting a Parking Permit
Parking permits are needed to park in any University-sponsored lot. They are eligible for use during the entire academic year and can be purchased at the WVU Parking Services office. One permit does not work for all lots, however, so you are only legally allowed to park in the lot you choose to purchase a permit for. Parking in any other lot leaves you responsible and open to tickets or towing.
Parking Services
Transportation & Parking Office
Prete Building
3040 University Ave., Room 3304
(304) 293-5502
transportation@mail.wvu.edu
transportation.wvu.edu

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 82 responses

  • 28% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 48% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 9% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 1% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 82 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 7 responses

  • 86% The coliseum not on game day
  • 14% Street park it

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?     Based on 7 responses

  • 57% The MountainLair
  • 43% High st
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