Commuter Crossing: How to park on and off campus

CommuterCrossing-nameAsk any commuter what they think is Rowan University’s biggest problem and they will more than likely respond with the parking situation.

There are six designated parking lots for Rowan’s estimated 7,000 commuter students: lots A, C, D, M-1, R and Y. These require parking permits and students may not park in these lots between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.

There are also three parking lots, H, P and Z-1, that commuters may use after 4:30 p.m. until 12 a.m., Monday through Friday. These lots also require parking permits. Even though employees may park in any commuter lot, commuters may only park in those specific lots in the allotted time frames.

Trying to find a spot in any of these lots is difficult. However, attempting to find a spot around the hours, in multiples of three — 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. — seem to be the most difficult.

To avoid the cluster of cars waiting to claim a spot, legally park on a side street. Victoria Street, Oakwood Avenue and High Street offer two-hour parking spots that are perfect if you only have one class.

However, when you have more than one class in a day or are on campus for more than two hours I suggest parking on a more residential street, like Dickinson Road. It’s right over the train tracks behind Bunce Hall. Streets like Dickinson do not have a time limit. The walk is a little bit longer, but you’re almost guaranteed a spot on one of these streets.

If you absolutely need a spot in one of the parking lots, try arriving in-between class times. Campus is less congested and it is easier to find a spot.

The key to finding the perfect spot is learning the traffic patterns of the areas around campus so you can park with ease.

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