All students are permitted to bring cars to WVU, but freshmen are encouraged to leave cars at home unless they are of absolute necessity. All students who do bring automobiles are required to purchase a parking pass. Permits can cost anywhere from $100–$300 for University-sponsored lots. Students living off campus can buy street permits for $5 for the year, but they do not guarantee a spot. Parking is extremely limited both on campus and in town: Parking anywhere on Downtown Campus is virtually impossible unless students arrive extremely early in the morning to find a spot in the Mountainlair Parking Garage, and there are few meter spots on campus. Parking in town is a little easier than on campus, but it’s still few and far between. Mostly all the parking consists of meter spots on the street, or meter lots on side streets.
It is worth bringing a car to campus if students live far away from WVU. That makes it easier on parents who have to pick up their students for vacations. Also, it makes it easier to get to places like the Rec Center, or the mall because students don’t have to wait for public transportation. It is always good to have a car to rely on in case emergencies or if public transportation is not running with a student’s schedule. It is advised to carpool and only bring a car if it is a necessity. Parking will be a hassle, so students should be prepared to deal with a little stress.