Parking

Location
Macomb, IL
Undergrads
9,161
Tuition (in-state)
$15,188 ($11,182)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Parking: It's alright. It's a little crowded with people who only need cars to go 4 blocks, though.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car at campus so I don't have t worry too much about parking at the moment.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Its not that hard to find a parking spot but it cost depending on where you want to park.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car on campus but my friends who do have never had any problems with it.

3 College Junior

Parking: I wish that there was more parking available for regular, undergrad students closer to the buildings. All of the parking near most of the buildings is for faculty only.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 439th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 522nd
    Best Parking Availability
  • 697th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sam Chappelle
Hometown
St. Charles
Major
Economics and Spanish
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If someone were to ask five random WIU students how they feel about parking, answers would be extremely varied. This is because the convenience, affordability, and availability of parking all depend on a student’s residence. On the bright side, passes are cheap; a Q Lot pass will cost $36, and most residence hall passes are $72. However, many students complain that Q Lot is only convenient for North Quad residents. Although a Q Lot pass is valid for Q, QE, and QS Lots, it is rare to find a spot in either the QE or QS Lot. The vast majority of students, with the exception of those living in North Quad, would say that buying a residence hall parking pass is worth the extra money. Unfortunately, the cops at Western love to ticket. It's risky to leave cars without permits unattended for any amount of time because the parking authority is so strict. In addition, residence halls can force students to move their cars during special events.

The Office of Public Safety (OPS) is harsh about parking enforcement, so precautions must be taken to avoid tickets. Often times, confusing stipulations regarding parking result in illegal parking and a ticket. An OPS officer is unlikely to care about the reason a student parked illegally, and will write them a ticket regardless. While Q Lot is the least convenient of all lots, it is also the cheapest and has the most available parking. Residence hall lots are more convenient, but passes are also more expensive and available parking is not gaurenteed.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
There are lots scattered all around campus. Q Lot is the largest student parking lot.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$36-$72 per year, depending on the lot
Common Parking Tickets
  • Fire lane: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $250
  • No permit: $22
  • Parking in no parking zone: $30
  • Parking in the wrong lot or during wrong time of day: $20
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Q Lot
  • Residence hall lots (but it is more expensive)
  • The Union
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can log in to the online permit system through the Office of Public Safety Web site. Permits can be picked up at Mowbray Hall.
Parking Services
University Parking Services
Mowbray Hall
(309) 298-1921
www.wiu.edu/vpas/public_safety/parking

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 80 responses

  • 2% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 6% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 26% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 15% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 24% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 26% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 71 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 11 responses

  • 56% Q Lot
  • 19% Parking at Western is very limited and expensive
  • 12% Residence hall lots (but it is more expensive)
  • 12% The Union

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 54% Near the classroom buildings.
  • 46% It is a long walk from Q lot to anywhere on campus

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