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2 College Freshman

Parking: like every school PARKING IS A BITCH

2 College Junior

Parking: there is a limited number of spaces to park and parking pemits are $300 and spots are hard to find and every year the number goes down due to construction around campus and the number of people enrolled growing.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Have fun trying to find a spot/paying an outrageous fee for the shoddy parking. Prepare to get rear ended once a semester.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Commuter students pay $200 for a parking pass, which in my eyes is a reasonable price. The parking enforcement is astounding and very attentive.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Non-existent/hard to find. Parking passes are very expensive.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
All UMW students, faculty, and staff bringing a vehicle to campus must have a decal. Vehicles must park in campus lots consistent with their decal status.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Sometimes exceptions can be made through the Parking Exception Request form.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $200 for the year (residential parking decal)
  • $550 for the year (Eagle Landing parking deck and decal)
Common Parking Tickets
  • Parking in a two-hour spot for longer than two hours: $25
  • Parking in a reserved spot without a decal: $100
  • Parking in a handicapped spot: $200
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Eagle Landing deck
  • Dorm parking lots
  • College Avenue
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Yellow-decal lots
Getting a Parking Permit
Getting a parking permit is relatively easy. If you are a freshman, however, you cannot get a parking permit unless you have some extenuating circumstance where a car is needed. The request has to go before the Parking Services review board for approval. Student vehicle registration opens during the months prior to the fall semester on EagleNet. Parking passes must be obtained for each semester the student will be attending classes on campus.
Parking Services
Parking Management Office
Lee Hall
(540) 654-1129

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 63 responses

  • 8% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 25% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 60 responses

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


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