During the day, parking at UMBC is mainly a privilege for upperclassmen—freshmen are only allowed to park on campus after 3:30 p.m. Before that, they can only park in a satellite lot located about a 20-minute walk from campus. There are shuttles that run between the lot and campus, but they often are not available, only coming once every hour.
In general, students who commute and come to classes in the morning have an easier time finding convenient parking than those with afternoon classes. Students can always find parking, but they may have to walk a bit to get to their classes. Luckily, the campus is a circle, so the longest it may take a student to walk to class when coming from a bad parking spot is around 10 minutes.