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3 College Freshman

Parking: As long as you get there early, it's fine. I've never gone in later than 11, and I've always found a spot

4 College Junior

Parking: Parking is great but people often get spoiled with the selection of extremely close spots and don't like to park more than a 5 minute walk away. The parking enforcement is very good at their job and will ticket multiple times if the car is still not moved.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Since it is a commuter school, spots tend to fill up quickly in the morning up to 2 pm. If you plan on finding a spot between those hours, it may take a while.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a struggle, but they are working on it. The price to park is free for on campus students, but I don't know for off campus people. Also, freshman have to park in the satellite lot. So, parking is a process. On the bright side, our fines are not that pricey, and they only add up after repeat offences.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I think they should make more parking spots or something because sometimes parking is absolutely ridiculous to find!


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Gated lots are restricted to UMBC staff and faculty from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students may also park on roadways as long as they have a valid UMBC permit. Freshmen must park in a satellite parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
The cost is included in the tuition. Replacement parking permits cost $25.
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter:
  • Hazard lights on :
  • Parking hangtag not displayed properly:
Best Places to Find a Spot
Overflow lot
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere close to classes in the morning.
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can obtain permits either online or in person. To order the permit online, log in to There is no fee, and UMBC is not responsible for the permit if it is lost in the mail. Vehicle(s) must be registered with UMBC in order for the student to get a permit at Parking Services. To obtain the permit in person, just show your red and white UMBC ID. Freshmen need to apply for a restricted parking pass, which limits them to the satellite parking lots between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Otherwise, the application process for a permit is the same for freshmen as for upperclassmen.
Parking Services
UMBC Parking Services
Facilities Management Building, room 100
(410) 455-2551

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 131 responses

  • 15% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 61% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 4% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 130 responses

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



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