New Parking Policy for Students

With the exciting announcement that UMass Lowell will be returning to normal operations for the fall 2021 semester, the student parking policies from the 2019-20 academic year will be returning with some small modifications.

For the last decade, the university’s size and national prominence have increased and now require managing parking inventory in a manner that ensures parking is available to all permit holders. Like most urban schools, UMass Lowell parking is in high demand and we work to aggressively manage parking supply to keep up with it.

With more than 30 surface lots and five 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 2021-22 Policy

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 2020-21 academic year, which will be implemented for the upcoming year. Effective September 1, 2021, these policies will continue to be evaluated during the summer if new health guidance becomes available:

  • Student parking permits will be $450 for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • The Cross River Center Lot at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd is being used as a Lowell mass-vaccination site and will no longer be available for UMass Lowell parking.
  • Freshmen and sophomore commuter students, irrespective of major, will be required to park on South Campus (previously at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd).
  • Student parking permits will remain virtual and no physical decal will be issued. We are excited about this change as it allows us to provide faster parking access without the need to have a decal mailed/issued or have anything printed. Parking lots will continue to require access via your UCard, and access will be provided to those who order a virtual permit only to the lots where you are eligible to park (see below).
  • To ensure vehicles are parking legally, parking enforcement will begin utilizing a License Plate Recognition (LPR) system developed by UMass Lowell, which uses a handheld camera to scan license plates to verify they are connected to a valid permit for the parking lot.
  • Please review the Transportation Services hours of operation and service lines which will be updated throughout the summer, as well as other sustainable transportation options.

Student Parking Locations for 2021-22

Please go to the Parking Locations webpage for a complete listing and maps of parking facilities.  The following is a summary of student parking locations for the 2021-22 academic year:

  • Freshmen and Sophomore Commuter Students*:
    • South Campus
      • Broadway/Riverview Lot
      • Coburn Lot
      • South Garage
  • Junior, Senior and Graduate Commuter Students:
    • East Campus
      • East Garage
    • North Campus
      • North Garage Floors 1-2
      • Riverside Lot A
      • Riverside Lot B
    • South Campus
      • Broadway/Riverview
      • Coburn Lot
      • South Garage
  • East Campus Resident Students except River Hawk Village (Bourgeois, Donahue, Fox, Leitch, University Suites):
    • East Campus
      • East Garage
      • Fox Lot
      • Perkins Lot
  • River Hawk Village Resident Students:
    • East Campus
      • Hall Street Garage
      • Lawrence Drive Lot
      • Perkins Lot
  • South Campus Resident Students (Concordia, Sheehy, Riverview Suites):
    South Campus
    • Broadway/Riverview Lot
    • Riverview Suites Lot (surface lot only; garage reserved for faculty/staff)
    • South Garage

After 3 p.m. all students may park in the 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.

Useful Parking Information

For more information parking, visit the websites linked below:

Download the Parking Spaces app and RoadsterRoutes app. Or view it on the NOW Student Dashboard.

Any questions regarding the parking policy can be directed to: UCAPS@uml.edu.