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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The fees are insane. We need taller parking decks.

3 College Senior

Parking: I go to class in the evenings, so I usually find a spot pretty easily. However, it always looks like the lot is packed right before I get to campus. The cost of parking is pretty expensive. Also, it can be a little confusing to figure out where you can park with a specific permit.

5 College Junior

Parking: Wish the permit was less expensive, but overall the parking in the garage is great.

2 College Freshman

Parking: It is a commuter school. There are tons of people coming in every day. Spots fill up quickly and most of the time do not filter in and out. There is really no need for a car on campus unless you are a commuter. Tickets aren't TOO outrageous, but they enforce them really strictly and so they add up if you aren't careful. There seem to be a ton of parking spaces but again it's a commuter school so there are tons of students filling up the available spots. Most of the parking locations aren't convenient either. The campus seems pretty big but in reality it's not that large.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There really aren't enough parking options. There's just about nowhere to park off-campus, and you either need to pay an outrageous amount of money to park hourly on campus, or shell out for a parking pass. If you want your parking lot to be anywhere near a building that contains classrooms, you have to pay extra. As far as parking passes go, I would guess it's not that terrible - Mason has more parking than other schools, but it's not really a fun experience. If you live on-campus, I believe several of the dorm buildings have parking spaces included in the residence fee.


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Don’t get Mason students started on parking. For commuters, it’s hard to find spots, and if resident students leave during the day and try to come back, they might end up parking further away then they would like. Depending on where a student lives, their housing area might have its own parking lot, which is a pretty big perk, though sometimes the permits for those areas sell-out quickly. The good thing about general parking permits is students can park in most lots on campus, and as long as they don’t leave and try to come back during peak class hours, for the most part, they'll be fine. As a general rule of thumb, most students who commute give themselves about a half hour to get a spot. Students who live in student apartments, the commons, or other on-campus housing areas should avoid leaving during the day so that they don’t give up their spot to the hundreds of commuter students coming to campus for class. Also, be forewarned that students trolling for a spot will stalk students that are leaving to their cars to steal their spot when the lots get full.

Be aware of all signage around campus pertaining to parking. Parking Services employees are like vultures: if a car is left even five minutes too long in a lot with a time constraint the parking attendants will find the car and they will ticket it. Appealing parking tickets is near impossible. Freshmen are required to park in West Campus Lot, which is located across the street from campus. There is a specific West Campus shuttle that takes students to their cars, but with Mason’s plentiful public transportation options, it’s almost not worth it for freshmen to bring a car—especially since even getting to the car will take a good half hour to an hour.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • Annual Deck Permit: $450
  • General Lot annual parking pass: $225
  • West Campus Annual Permit (for freshmen): $90
Common Parking Tickets
  • No permit: $150
  • Parking overtime: $25
  • Parking in a restricted area/Misuse of a loading zone: $35
Getting a Parking Permit
Getting a parking permit is fairly simple. In the fall, Parking Services sets up shop in Student Union Building II, where students must go, fill out a form and pay by cash, check, money order, credit or debit card, or Mason Money. General Lot Permits are easy to come by, while permits for special parking areas such as Lot R, where only residents of Liberty Square or Potomac Heights can park, sell out more quickly. Students also have the option of purchasing their parking permit online at
Parking Services
Parking Services
Sandy Creek Shuttle Building
(703) 993-2710
Did You Know?
To avoid the on-campus parking nightmare, some students opt to park across the street from campus on the street for free, or on nearby Roberts Road. The only bad thing is it's a bit of a walk to get to classes.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 277 responses

  • 4% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 29% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 23% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 21% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 279 responses

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