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College Freshman

Parking: Don't have a car on campus, yet.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Huge lots but a far walk from some dorms and very far from some classes.

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Parking: You can almost always get a spot on weekends, when parking is free

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Parking: University of Massachusetts Amherst highly discourages freshmen to bring a vehicle to school their first year of school, and thus raise the fee much higher that first year. However, sophomore year onward has a reasonable fee and there are usually parking spots. This is especially useful for parking near one's dorms, but finding spots near class buildings is more difficult, though at that point it's simpler to walk.

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College Freshman

Parking: I know from one of my friends that the parking permits are fairly reasonably priced, but I am car-less and therefore unable to give a more comprehensive overview.

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The parking situation at UMass is not the best. The entire campus is surrounded by parking lots, which is great, but often times the lots are packed. When you live in Southwest, the nearest parking lots are a bit of a walk, so you will most likely use your car less. Students should utilize the free bus ride around campus if possible. Bikes are also prominent around campus. For freshman year, a car is not needed. Once you move off campus, a car brings around more convenience. Once students move off campus, they need to provide extra time to find parking.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
The parking lots are designated by color, the yellow lots being the most undesirable because they are unpaved, crime-ridden, and far away from everything. Freshmen and sophomores are restricted to the yellow, purple, and green lots. There is also a garage.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$275–$310 per year
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $20
  • Fire lane: $40
  • No parking zone: $40
  • Handicapped zone: $100
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Anywhere after 5 p.m.
  • Franklin or Worcester DC Parking Lot
  • Visitors Center
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Fine Arts Center
Getting a Parking Permit
Applying for a parking permit at UMass is relatively simple. You can go to the Parking Services office, call, or visit the website.
Parking Services
Parking Services
51 Forestry Way
(413) 545-0065
Did You Know?
It's easy to appeal a ticket at UMass, and your chances of being successful are actually pretty good. Students can appeal at

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 29% Anywhere after 5 p.m.
  • 19% Large Southwest Parking Lots
  • 13% Visitors Center
  • 10% Franklin or Worcester DC Parking Lot
  • 9% Mullins
  • 7% Across from Hagis Mall
  • 5% Campus center parking garage
  • 4% Next to the rec center
  • 3% Yellow Lots
  • 1% No where

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 191 responses

  • 7% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 15% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 13% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 43% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 12% 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 193 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 31% Near the dorms.
  • 29% Any convenient place is bound to be full
  • 20% The horseshoe
  • 15% Fine Arts Center
  • 5% Worcester DC Parking Lot


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