The hard part is not getting the parking permit, but the actual process of finding a parking spot. At Mary Washington, parking is nowhere to be found, and even in instances where it is found, parking is short of a nightmare. A parking decal is $200, while parking in Eagle Landing's parking deck (which happens to be the place with the most available parking spots) is a stunning, wallet-emptying $550. Because parking spaces are so hard to find on campus, people tend to park in the two-hour parking spaces on the street. Do take note of the two-hour time limit, though, because if you don’t, the campus police certainly will. Campus police give tickets out like there’s no tomorrow, so leaving your car in a two-hour parking space for even a few minutes over two hours will land you a parking ticket nicely tucked under the window wipers of your car.
Some upperclassmen choose not to bring their cars to school because it’s pricey, hard to find, and not entirely necessary because most things are within walking distance. Given that, it is probably easier to carpool with friends rather than live through the cons of having a car on campus.