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Student Announcement

New Parking Policy for Students

UMass Lowell continues to grow in size and reputation, and managing parking inventory is essential in maintaining a fair and equitable manner is critical. Like most urban schools, UMass Lowell has an ongoing concern with parking. We take these concerns seriously and work to aggressively manage parking supply to keep up with the growing demand.

Because of the complexity of parking on more than 30 surface lots and three parking garages on campus, procedures and regulations have been established to help provide for the most efficient use of our available parking inventory. As a result of an analysis of campus parking demand we continue to anticipate a commuter student parking shortage on North Campus.

Summary of Policy Changes

The university's Parking Committee, comprised of a cross-section of campus personnel, carefully considered and adopted a number of policy change recommendations for the 2017-2018 academic year. The following is a list of where student may park effective Sept. 1, 2017:

  • The Ayotte Garage on East Campus will no longer be available to park in with UMass Lowell parking permits.  Freshman and sophomore north commuter students will now be required to park at the Cross River Center at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd.
  • River Hawk Village residents, both the main building and townhouses, will only be permitted to park in the Hall Street Garage and Lawrence Drive Lot.  Students living in these buildings will not be permitted to park in other lots such as the East Garage, Perkins Lot or Fox Lot.
  • Parking rates will remain the same as they were for the 2016-2017 academic year. The following is a list of where students may park effective Sept. 1, 2017: 
  • Freshmen and sophomore commuter students* with north campus majors will be required to park at the Cross River Center located at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd. The lot will be serviced by a campus shuttle (Purple Line) running directly to North Campus. The shuttle will be at the lot for pick-ups every 10-15 minutes. Eligibility for this parking will be determined by student status as recognized by the Registrar's Office. North freshmen and sophomores may not park on North or South commuter lots.
  • Freshmen and sophomore commuter students* with south campus majors will be required to park in the Broadway/Riverview Lot or South Garage on Broadway Street. South freshmen and sophomores may not park on North or East parking lots.
  • Juniors, seniors and graduate students will be permitted to park in any commuter lot in Riverside Lot A, Riverside Lot B and North Garage Floors 1-2 on North Campus, as well as Broadway/Riverview and South Garage on South Campus.
  • Resident students must park in the lots to which they are assigned. Resident student vehicles may not park in commuter lots.
  • After 3 p.m. all students may park in the upper-class commuter surface lots on both North and South campuses.

* Freshmen are those students with less than 24 credits completed and sophomores are those students with less than 51 credits (note: Junior status is 54 credits, but we will allow students within 3 credits to be eligible for upperclassman parking status).

Parking Rates

Parking Rates for the 2017-2018 academic year are as follows:

• Students accepted after the 2015-2016 Academic Year: $450 per year

• Students accepted in the 2014-2015 Academic Year: $420 per year

• Students accepted prior to the 2014-2015 Academic Year: $367 per year

Students classified as readmitted (leaving the university for a semester or longer) are subject to rate corresponding to their term of return

Please note that parking rates will not increase more than 5 percent annually, based on your acceptance term. Parking revenue will help fund current and future parking needs for UMass Lowell, which continues to move forward in scope and vision. Our urban campus setting poses some unique challenges, including parking.

Useful Information

For more information about 2017-2018 parking, visit the websites linked below:

Any questions regarding the parking policy can be directed to our office at UCAPS@uml.edu.