You wake up early, you sit through traffic, and make it to campus with just minutes to spare. Of course, you would be able to rush into class on time, but instead, you spend what seems like forever circling parking lots, looking for a parking space. It may seem ridiculous, but this is the reality for the hundreds of students that commute to the university for class every day.
According to a 2013 Campus Commuting survey conducted by the City of Windsor, 38% of students park on campus using a parking pass purchased through the school. The University of Windsor has a high number of commuting students, but quite simply lacks adequate parking to accommodate for this.
Of course, there are students have options to choose from when purchasing a parking pass. There is a “hunting permit” which allows to students to park in student lots across campus. As the name might suggest, this usually involves searching for an open spot, or tracking somebody down on the way to their car. For students that are able to spend more money, there are also permits available for the parking garage. The catch is, these options are all sold out for this school year, so unless you were part of the lucky bunch that was able to purchase a pass, you’ll have to wait until next year.
Joshua Garant, a Communication, Media, and Film student, is one of those students that was lucky enough to get his hands on a parking permit, but that doesn’t mean he always has parking.
“You pay five-hundred dollars to go and park, but then you can’t find a parking spot, and you have to go pay for additional parking, and there’s not spots there either,” says Garant.
While there are other parking options around campus, such as street parking, they aren’t always available.