Each year many students pay either $300 for a year-long parking pass or $180 per semester according to Western Michigan University’s official parking services website. The problem with spending all of this money on a parking pass is that there is incredibly limited parking for students. More often than not, students are finding that the parking lots they are allowed to park in are filled up. You would think that Western Michigan University would at least have enough parking spaces for students who bring their car to school.
Not only is there not a lot of parking, there is limited time in many lots. A few lots around campus stop allowing parking at 5 o’clock. This is very inconvenient for students who have late night classes. I know that I myself have two night classes a week ending anywhere from 8:30 to 9:30. Next year, living off campus I will not be able to drive to class or I will be ticketed for parking overtime. Also, not to mention that it is risky to walk alone at night.
One of the largest parking spaces on campus is the main parking complex. Unfortunately, you can only park there if you have a commuter parking pass. So, students living on campus cannot park there even though that is where the majority of parking is. It is understandable that they have other spots to park, but if they are in a rush going to or leaving campus, it would be helpful to be able to park in the complex rather than having to park further away.
Western Michigan should consider switching many of the unused teacher parking spots to student parking. These spots could be used for student’s cars that will stay there overnight. There are many other solutions that could be done.