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3 College Sophomore

Parking: it's pretty hard for someone new to the place to find parking that doesn't cost money or won't get your car towed away but must university students can't afford cars anyways

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: To get the better spots, you usually need a parking pass. There are also meters on campus. If you park without a pass or the meter runs out, you can receive a campus parking ticket.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on main campus sucks! There are about two places where you can use your parking pass, and even then most of the time you have to wait until a certain hour in the evening to use it. Parking without a pass costs a lot of money, and some even costs the same whether or not you have a pass. I am not impressed with the parking at Western.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is readily available on campus but it is expensive to purchase a parking pass. UWO is an enormous campus, so drivers will still be doing a lot of walking. Students pay for a bus pass in their tuition, and this is a non-refundable fee. The transit system in London is relatively reliable and many buses arrive right on campus. It is worth your money to skip the parking and take the bus.

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1 College Junior

Parking: UWO has terrible parking. There is a severe lack of parking facilities on campus since the school refuses to build a parking garage. Parking tickets are often quite common.


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Parking at UWO can be both a blessing and a curse. Those who hate public transportation and opt to drive instead will love the independence from a regimented bus schedule. However, parking at Western is costly and retroactive. Although taking the cramped bus can be a drag, students with parking permits have to fight for a spot. Plus, undergraduate parking lots are quite a distance from campus, whereas a perk of public transportation is that the bus pulls right up to active campus areas and drops students off. A parking permit can be bought annually at $336.20 or $180.60 per term, and neither of these options guarantees a parking spot. Tickets are commonly distributed, ironically to those forced to use a pay meter due to full parking lots.

If you aren't a morning person, forget utilizing your parking pass during exam season. Those unable to get to campus before 9 a.m. won't have a chance at getting a parking spot. This morning rule generally persists for the entire academic year: the later you get to campus, the further away your parking spot. Ultimately, parking on campus doesn't seem to be worth the money. Undergraduates are shunned to far-away lots, which makes a bus drop-off in front of a classroom building sound all the more appealing.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Undergraduate students have four designated parking areas on and near campus. Althouse parking lot is located along Western Road and behind Perth Hall residence. Medway parking lot is behind Elgin Hall near the main gates. Huron Flats is the closest parking lot to campus and is located at the entrance of the affiliated school, Huron College. Springett parking lot is right next to the football field behind the Health Sciences Building.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen are able to park in any of the undergraduate parking lots, as long as they have a registered parking permit with UWO.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to register vehicle with UWO: $15
  • Parking at expired meter: $20
  • Parking over the time limit as posted: $35
  • Parking in a reserved area: $35
  • Permit not displayed: $5
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Huron Flats parking lot (greatest convenience, but fills up quickly!)
  • Springett parking lot (usually free spots here, even during exams!)
  • Medway parking lot (guaranteed a spot, but a bit of a hike to campus)
  • Althouse parking lot (convenient for freshmen at Perth and Essex)
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Any of the staff or graduate student parking lots. You'll get a ticket for sure!
  • At any of the pay meters behind Social Science Building
  • Behind D.B. Weldon Library during exam period
  • Any of the undergraduate parking lots after 10 a.m. during exam periods
Getting a Parking Permit
Obtaining an undergraduate parking permit is simple. The process operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can visit the Support Services Building to fill out a straightforward application, or they may do the form online with an additional processing fee. Both options are fast and require basic information on the registered vehicle.
Parking Services
Western Parking and Visitor Services
Room 4150, Support Services Building
(519) 661-3973

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 11% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 14% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 24% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 19% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

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