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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: BEWARE OF DOTS, they are like vultures will it comes to giving tickets

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Expensive but you can usually find a spot. You have to pay for summer parking if you didn't have a parking pass for the previous semester and it's only offered for the whole summer even though summer classes are broken up into two sections.

College Junior

Parking: I do not drive but from what I have heard, parking can be ludicrous.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: DOTS will fine anyone not in their correct parking space because thats how they make their money, so they are after everyone!

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permit cost is way too high for me but after 4pm there are certain lots you can park in so I usually just bus unless I'm going after 4. If you park illegally YOU WILL GET A TICKET. This is not a joke. You will not get away with illegal parking. There isn't really a need for a car on campus though because the busses are so convenient. If you do have a permit it's for a certain lot which is determined by your year so you may get a lot that's so far from your classes you might as well bus anyway.


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The actual cost of parking on campus is steeper than that of other colleges. In addition to the cost, there is not much parking available for everyone. If it weren’t for a lack of spots, third- and fourth-year student drivers would have a pretty sweet deal. Unfortunately, it can often feel like a terrible dream attempting to find a highly coveted parking spot while running late for an exam or a meeting with classmates. As it is at many large universities throughout America, finding a parking space at UMCP becomes a big deal to many students.

Campus officials have done a pretty good job of attempting to limit the number of parking permits distributed each year, although they are building more parking structures and spaces. Yet, as many Maryland students may learn in their economics courses, scarcity really is a real world issue, especially when it comes to the Department of Transportation Services’ policies and budgets. DOTS can be strict with the parking situation and will issue tickets for expired meters and illegal parking without permits.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Big lots are scattered throughout campus, including two garages in the center of campus. Lot assignments depend on a student's credit level and resident area.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $217 per year for commuters
  • $419 per year for campus residents
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired parking meter: $15
  • Parked in wrong assigned area: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Union Lane Garage
  • Lot 1 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
  • Lot 2 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
Getting a Parking Permit
The school is currently on a "green" initiative to get more on-campus students to stop using their own vehicles as a way to get around and start using public transportation, but juniors and seniors almost always have a car with them on campus. However, a lot of the spaces were taken away, so the number of permits available is slowly dropping, which may have a future impact on freshmen who choose to bring their cars to school.
Parking Services
Department of Transporation Services
Building #202
Regents Drive Garage
(301) 314-PARK

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 31% Lot 1 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
  • 10% Regents Garage
  • 8% Lot 9 (Best for students when available)
  • 8% Comcast Center
  • 7% Lot 2 (after 4 p.m. for people without a permit)
  • 7% Lot 11 (after 4 pm and weekends without a permit)
  • 6% Union Lane Garage
  • 6% Lot 6 (after 4 and weekends without a permit)
  • 4% I have a parking permit
  • 4% Lot XX on weekends
  • 4% Stadium Garage
  • 3% U2 (after 4pm and weekends)
  • 1% Get a parking permit
  • 1% Regents after 4pm and weekends
  • 1% Mowatt Garage (after 4 and weekends, no permit)

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 71 responses

  • 31% Lot 6 - It is FAR from EVERYWHERE!
  • 25% Parking costs way too much and is inconvenient
  • 24% South Campus
  • 9% Everywhere
  • 7% Lot 4
  • 1% It sucks cuz my permit is for lot six
  • 1% I attend University of Maryland overseas
  • 1% You can usually find parking within 100 yards
  • 1% Lot Q (after4pm)

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 268 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 12% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 10% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 22% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 15% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 269 responses

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


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