UWindsor parking – the ongoing battle

UWindsor parking – the ongoing battle

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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.

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With the addition of new facilities being built downtown, it brings in another factor to the parking pass system: what happens to students that need to park on both campuses throughout the week?

Rebecca Kirwin is a Social Work major, and has multiple classes a week, both downtown and on main campus. While there is a parking pass that allows her to park at both locations, she is unhappy with what her money buys.

“I spend five-hundred dollars, just like everyone else, and I get a pass to park on both campuses, which is great,” Kirwin says. “The problem is, my pass limits me to only one lot on main campus, which would be fine, but the lot is always full. I’m always stuck looking elsewhere.”

Other students, like Grant Connolly, have had bad experiences while parking in campus lots. After having his car damaged, and nobody to hold accountable for it, he looked for an alternative that was both safer, and cheaper.

“We pay so much, for a parking spot where our cars get damaged, where there’s no accountability held, and if you want to pay eight-hundred dollars for the parking garage, you’re still not guaranteed anything,” Connolly says.

Clearly, students have a lot to say about the parking services offered on campus. With the two main issues being affordability and accessibility, rising tuitions costs and ongoing construction mean things won’t be getting better by themselves any time soon. For now, students can only hope that they will find an open spot upon pulling into the parking lot.

 

 

 

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