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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: You usually don't have to pay. However Richmond city has started to meter a lot of spots that had been free forever. That's frustrating. But most of the time you can find plenty of space.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Given that VCU is in a very populous city and located in the middle of a very active part of Richmond is very often hard to find any parking space for free/a few quarters. The permits are quite costly but they do end up being worthwhile if you are a student driver - you get parking garage privileges as well as parking space privileges around different spots on campus. A lot of students cannot see themselves affording parking permits or parking meters regardless.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There is a lot of parking, but since VCU is a big commuter school so the spots fill up early in the morning and it's very difficult to find them at night.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking passes should not be $300

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2 College Junior

Parking: Need more spots, some free areas, and cheaper parking permits!

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Parking on and around VCU's campus causes a major headache for all drivers. Freshmen are allowed to bring their cars to VCU, but it can sometimes be more of a problem than a convenience. When students need to go home or even go shopping, having a car is nice. However, parking in the garages is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students need to purchase parking permits the day they go on sale for a chance to get spots directly on campus. Permits are expensive, and some students who commute and need one can't even afford it. When students live in an on-campus apartment, they receive one parking permit as part of their living expenses. Students use their VCU IDs to swipe in and out of their assigned garage. If you don't have a pass and forget to bring your ID to prove you're a student, it will cost five dollars. 

There is on-street parking around campus that is limited to two-hour increments, and even that is hard to find. Students can find some of the unlimited streets a few blocks from campus, but those spots tend to fill fast with professors and University staff who don't want to pay for parking, either. Except in the parking decks, most parking around VCU is parallel. A lot of students who come to VCU are intimidated by parallel parking and get annoyed. It's something you get used to—you just need to practice. 

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
Common Parking Tickets
  • Failure to display: $25
  • Parking in a handicapped space: $100
  • Parking in wrong location: $25
Best Places to Find a Spot
Your best bet is to go into a garage, but even they fill up quickly depending on the time of day.
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus without a permit during the time classes are in session
Getting a Parking Permit
Students can purchase decals at the beginning of each semester. The main student parking decks are Main Street Deck, West Broad Street Deck, Cary Street Deck, and Bowe Street Deck. There are other small lots around campus, but it's hard to get parking permits for them because they fill up quickly. You must sign up early to get a permit close to the dorms on campus. Once a student is issued a space, he is given a permit to hang in his car, and his ID is activated to allow him to enter and leave the garage. Permits only work for the garage to which they are assigned.
Parking Services
Parking and Transportation Services
1108 W. Broad St.
(804) 828-8726

Student Polls

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 80 responses

  • 41% In a parking garage if you have a permit.
  • 23% On the streets at night and on the weekend
  • 17% Parking Garages
  • 12% Side streets and Oregon Hill
  • 4% Norton Street behind the Siegel Center
  • 3% Main st

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 81 responses

  • 40% The street. Most of the time there are no places.
  • 18% Near the certain congested buildings.
  • 17% Be willing to walk a few blocks
  • 11% Richmond has quite possibly the worst parking ever
  • 10% All places are the worst.
  • 3% It's a city. People should expect it.

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 212 responses

  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 30% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 37% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 11% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 10% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 215 responses

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