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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 2020-2021 academic year. The following is a list of where student may park effective September 1, 2020:

COVID-19 policy changes effective August 12, 2020 for the fall 2020 semester are as follows. Notice that these policies are subject to change as the campus formalizes it’s reopening plans and if new health guidance becomes available over the summer and / or fall semester:

  • Decals must be ordered online (beginning August 3). Decals will not be available in-office except for approved exchanges and second decals by appointment.

August 12, 2020 updates are as follows:

  • Student parking permits for the fall 2020 semester will be provided at no cost through 12/31/20.
  • Fall 2020 permits will be virtual and no physical decal will be issued. Nothing will need to be printed or displayed provided you are parking legally and in an approved lot (see list below). UCard access to the parking gates will be provided to any student who has ordered the virtual permit online.
  • Metered parking lots will still be enforced at the posted rates to support short-term parking. Your virtual permit will not allow you to park in these lots at no cost.
  • Any student that purchased a decal prior to the announcement of permits being provided at no cost will be automatically refunded in full. No notification or forms will need to be provided to UCAPS to receive your refund. Those still requiring parking will need to order the virtual permit from the UMass Lowell MyParking website.
  • Students requiring parking for the spring semester will require to order a permit prior to the beginning of the semester. Process and rates to be posted at a later date.
Prior updates:
  • 1001 Pawtucket Blvd Lot is permanently closed to UMass Lowell decal holders.
  • All commuter students will be allowed to park on north, south and east campuses (see list below). This will allow commuter students to drive between classes where in previous years most of this cohort’s parking was restricted to the campus of their major.
  • All on-campus resident students can park on south, north or east campus (see list below). This will allow resident students to drive between campuses where in previous years this cohort’s parking was restricted to the campus/lots adjacent to their resident halls.

The following is a list of where students may park effective September 1, 2020 with a valid parking decal:

  • Any commuter may park in Riverside Lot A, Riverside Lot B and North Garage Floors 1-2 on North Campus; Broadway / Riverview and South Garage on South Campus; and East Garage and Perkins Lot on East Campus.
  • East campus resident students may park in East Garage, Fox Lot, and Perkins Lot on East Campus; Riverside Lot A, Riverside Lot B and North Garage Floors 1-2 on North Campus; and Broadway / Riverview and South Garage on South Campus.
  • River Hawk Village resident students may park in the Hall Street Garage, Lawrence Drive Lot, and Perkins Lot on East Campus; and Broadway / Riverview and South Garage on South Campus.
  • South campus resident students may park in Riverside Lot A, Riverside Lot B and North Garage Floors 1-2 on North Campus; Broadway/Riverview and South Garage on South Campus; and East Garage and Perkins Lot on East Campus.
  • After 3 p.m. all students may park in the commuter surface lots on both North and South campuses.

Please go to the Parking Locations webpage for a complete listing and maps of parking facilities.

Please review the Transportation Services hours of operation and service lines at UMass Lowell Transportation Services website.

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

*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 fall 2020 semester will be waived. Spring 2021 rates will be announced at a later date.

Useful Information

For more information about 2020-2021 parking, visit the websites linked below:

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