Parking Regulations

Villanova University welcomes you, the motorist, on campus. The University has limited parking resources, and it is not obligated to provide unlimited parking for all vehicles entering campus. It will, however, attempt to provide reasonable parking spaces for properly registered vehicles within the scope of available space. Students, faculty, and staff who use vehicles on campus will be responsible for proper registration, use, and operation of their vehicles in accordance with these parking and traffic regulations.

In order to provide adequate parking and safe traffic conditions, Villanova University has developed these parking/traffic regulations. The objectives of the regulations are: to define parking areas and provide for their effective and convenient use; to limit all parking to those areas; to provide for the safe and smooth flow of traffic; and to ensure access to all roadways and parking lots by emergency vehicles at all times.

To accomplish these objectives, it is understood that the operation of vehicles on campus by any person and the acceptance of parking privileges is an agreement of all motorists to abide by these rules and regulations. It is also understood that Villanova University is not liable for personal injury, damage, or loss of property arising from the use of its parking facilities and roadways. The cooperation of all motorists on campus is needed for these regulations to be effective in establishing and ensuring safe driving conditions and orderly parking on Villanova's campus. The University reserves the right to amend these regulations at any time.


A.    These regulations are applicable to any operator and/or owner of a motor vehicle operated or parked on Villanova University Property. A motor vehicle, as defined by these regulations, includes automobiles, motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, motor bikes, and any other self-propelled, land-driven vehicles. Trailers for towing of motor vehicles, boats, etc. are not permitted to be parked on Villanova University property without prior approval from the Director of Public Safety or the Director of Parking & Transportation.

A.    All motor vehicles parked on Villanova University property must be registered with the VUDPS Parking & Transportation Office and MUST clearly display a current University parking permit.

B.    Persons issued a hangtag must clearly display it at all times while parking a vehicle on Villanova University property. Employee hang tags may be registered for up to two vehicles, provided they are owned by the same family.

C.    Persons issued a decal must affix it to the front drivers side corner of the windshield below any vanity tinting. Decal permits may not be affixed to the windshield using a temporary method (such as tape, rubber bands, etc.), nor should the decal be placed on the dashboard or windshield in lieu of affixing it to the windshield. Decals may be registered to only one vehicle and are not transferrable.

D.    Expired parking permits (placards, hang tags, and decals) should not be displayed and must be removed from the vehicle prior to parking on Villanova University property.

E.    License plates, parking permits, and temporary passes must be visible at all times. Parking permits may not be obscured by car covers, inspection stickers, or hanging ornaments.

F.    A temporary parking pass must be obtained whenever an unregistered vehicle is parked on University property. Temporary permits are available in 1 hour, 2 hour, 4 hour, and 24 hour increments. Permits are available at the entrance gates to campus or in the Public Safety office in Garey Hall. Temporary permits are valid in accordance with the duration of the date and time stamped on the permit. Temporary permits should be displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Notes left on a vehicle are not a substitute for a temporary permit.

G.    Visitors planning to stay for more than 24 hours must make arrangements for a multi-day pass through the Parking Office in Garey Hall.

H.    Villanova University provides for handicapped parking through the use of approved signage and space marking. Only those individuals who have a government-issued placard or handicapped license plate may occupy handicapped spaces.

I.    During special events, handicapped or special needs parking is made available as close to the venue as possible. Persons needing/requiring special parking should contact the VUDPS Parking Office at 610-519-6990 to make arrangements.

J.    Two parking lots near the R100 and R5 train stations border campus property near the West Main Lot and Spring Mill Garage. Parking in these lots is strictly limited to SEPTA patrons. University permits are not valid in SEPTA lots. Be attentive to signage in these areas as SEPTA frequently monitors and removes illegally parked vehicles from these areas.

K.    Parking lots are subject to closure during snow conditions or in an emergency. Lot closures are typically announced through the Wildcat Newswire and Campus Currents, or through the University email system.

A.    Freshmen and Sophomore Resident Student Parking
Freshmen and sophomore resident students are not permitted to park vehicles on University property. A student’s class-year status is determined by entry date and is not based on number of credits earned. This distinction is important in that students bringing AP credits into Villanova do not advance in class year for purposes of obtaining on-campus parking. It is important that non-eligible resident students DO NOT bring their vehicles to campus or park in the residential areas surrounding Villanova since adjacent townships prohibit non-residential parking on many local streets. Non-eligible resident students found parking in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus may be subject to disciplinary action through the Dean of Students Office and may be prohibited from obtaining a permit in their upperclassmen years.

All students are encouraged to utilize the campus shuttle service, car share program, and/or public transportation. There are two SEPTA train stations on-campus: the R5 Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail as well as the R100 train/Norristown High Speed lines. SEPTA trains travel to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia as well as the Philadelphia International Airport. Two SEPTA bus routes travel through campus on Lancaster Avenue and travel throughout the Main Line. Villanova students can therefore leverage a wide array of public transportation resources from campus property. In addition, several local taxi companies also provide service to the campus. On weekends, two University shuttle services are available for students who want to travel to the King of Prussia Mall or the businesses along the Main Line between Wayne and Ardmore.

Exceptions to the resident student parking restrictions for freshmen and sophomores are extremely limited. Freshmen and sophomores may appeal for medical reasons in order to seek off-campus treatment, provided appropriate documentation from a physician that details the student’s treatment schedule is provided. Sophomores with a credit bearing internship may also apply for an exception. Students should keep in mind that freshmen and sophomores who receive an exception in these limited instances are most often assigned to park on South campus, near the freshmen residence halls. Students who intentionally submit false documentation in order to obtain a parking permit are referred to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action. To be considered for an exception permit, freshmen and sophomore resident students must submit an on-line appeal to the Parking Office before the vehicle is brought to campus. Documentation from a physician (including a treatment schedule) or an employer (only academic credit bearing internship employment will be considered) should be emailed to us at on official letterhead. Medical and/or employment (credit bearing) will not necessarily be reasons for an appeal to be granted. No temporary permits will be issued unless permission has been granted in advance. This includes periods before and after holidays and breaks. Please check with the Parking Office for appeal information and deadlines.

B.     Junior and Senior resident students are eligible to purchase a resident student permit. All resident students will receive a sticker that must be affixed to the vehicle’s windshield on the top right corner below any vanity tinting. Lot assignments are determined by a student’s on-campus address:

i.  Students who live on Main Campus may purchase a I-1(Main Resident) decal which permits them 24 hour parking in the I-1 (Main Lot) ONLY.
ii.  Students who live on South Campus students may purchase a I-2 (South Resident) decal which permits 24 hour parking on South Campus ONLY.
iii. Students who live in St. Mary’s Hall will receive a W-2 (West Campus) decal.
iv.  Students residing in the West Campus apartments are permitted to purchase W-2 (West Resident) parking decal. The W-2 (West Resident) parking decal permits parking ONLY in W-2 (West Campus) (this does NOT include Garey Hall or the North Campus (Law School Garage))

C.    Commuter students may purchase a I-1 (Main Lot) decal, allowing the student to park in the I-1 (Main Lot). A commuter student is defined as a student who does not reside in University-owned housing.

D.    Students attending Summer Sessions (unless already in possession of a valid permit) will be required to purchase a permit to park in the I-1 (Main Lot). Permit price will be billed directly to the student’s account. These permits will expire at the end of the appropriate session.

E.    Employees (full-time and part-time) are eligible to purchase an employee parking permit. Employees who choose to park on Villanova University property must purchase a parking permit regardless of work hours. Parking registration is done on-line via NOVASIS. Employee fees are deducted from paychecks bi-monthly. Student fees are billed to the student account.

F.    Contractors, volunteers, and Interns are all required to purchase permits for their time on campus.

G.    Motorcycles, Mopeds and Motor Scooters – Only those persons eligible to purchase a permit for an automobile may obtain a motorcycle permit. Vehicles with motorcycle permits may also park in portions of lots not designated for vehicular parking so long as the motorcycle does not block a sidewalk, roadway, fire lane, stairwell, or building entrance.

H.    Employee permits may be used only by the person to whom the permit is registered. Specifically, children of employees attending the University may not use an employee’s permit to park on campus.

I.    Replacement Permits – If a vehicle is sold or involved in an accident that will prevent its return to campus, the permit must be removed and returned to the Parking Office. If the sticker or permit is not able to be returned, the permit holder’s account will be charged a $10.00 replacement fee and the original permit will be listed as lost or stolen. Likewise, a lost or stolen permit must be reported, in person, to the VUDPS as soon as possible. Persons displaying a lost/stolen permit, or falsely reporting a permit stolen, will be subject to citation, immobilization, and loss of future parking privileges.
NOTE: Recovering your lost or stolen permit and failing to notify the VUDPS may result in the issuance of a citation. Once a permit is reported lost/stolen, it may not be displayed on any vehicle if found.

J.    Fraudulent Registration is defined as the use of deception for unjust advantage. The Department of Public Safety reserves the right to revoke parking privileges and charge a $500 fine under these conditions. Fraudulent registration includes but is not limited to:

  1. Purchasing a permit in another person’s name.
  2. Registering multiple vehicles for the same time period, except as authorized by the Parking Office.
  3. Registering a vehicle that is to be used by and for a person not authorized such registration.
  4. Misrepresentation of one’s eligibility for the permit purchase.
  5. Altering the information on a parking permit.
  6. Manufacture and/or display of a counterfeit permit.

A.    Refunds shall be issued in accordance with the following guidelines:

Up To:                             Refund:

October 1st                      75%
January 15th                    50%

B.    Permits purchased for a single semester are sold on a pro-rated basis.  Permits purchase in the fall are eligible for a refund of half of the purchase price.  In order to be eligible for a refund, the permit must be returned by the seventh week of the semester.  Permits returned by the seventh week of the semester will be credited at 50% of the purchase price.  Permits purchased in the spring semester are pro-rated at half the price of a full year permit. 

C.    NO REFUND shall be issued to Summer Session students.

A.    Disabled vehicles should be reported to the VUDPS as soon as possible.

B.    Disabled vehicles deemed to be creating a hazardous condition, should be moved immediately.

C.    VUDPS will tow, at the owner’s expense, any vehicle that is left in a way that is creating a hazardous condition.

A.    All accidents involving motor vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians on Villanova University property should be reported to the VUDPS immediately. In an emergency, call 610-519-4444 or from a campus phone 9-4444.

A.    The enforcement of these regulations is the responsibility of the Villanova University Department of Public Safety (VUDPS). Officers conducting enforcement activities or who are controlling traffic may request identification of any person on campus at any time. The Villanova University Wildcard, current driver’s license, and vehicle registration/owners card must be presented to VUDPS Officers upon request. Refusal to comply with the officer’s request may result in disciplinary action taken within the University. In addition, the appropriate municipal police department may be called to investigate ownership and take possible trespass action.

B.    Enforcement may take the form of ticketing, booting, or towing of vehicles.

C.    Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours a day. Enforcement is also conducted as needed during break periods and holidays.

D.    Any vehicle parked on University property is required to be registered. Unregistered vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.

A.    Parking is permitted only in designated spaces. A parking space is delineated by lines on the pavement or bumper blocks. The lack of a ‘no parking’ sign or yellow curb does not signify that parking is permitted in that area. The University, having marked all approved spaces, is under no obligation to mark all areas where parking is prohibited.

B.    Parking vehicles on sidewalks or grassy areas is specifically prohibited.

C.    Vehicles not displaying a valid handicapped placard or license plate are not permitted to park or stand in a handicapped space. Handicapped spaces are identified through pavement markings and/or signage.

D.    No vehicle may park or stand in such a way as to obstruct the normal flow of traffic, block a building entrance or exit, or block a driveway or loading dock.

E.    No vehicle may park in fire zones as denoted by yellow curbing and/or posted signs.

F.    All vehicles are to be operated with caution and at a speed not to exceed 15 miles per hour on all Villanova University roadways and parking lots.

G.    Motorists are urged to be cautious of pedestrian traffic and must yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks.

H.    Motorists must abide by all posted traffic control signs, including but not limited to stop signs and ‘do not enter’ signs.

I.       The use of four way flashers and notes left on a vehicle will not be honored to permit parking in violation of these regulations.

A.    The following is a list of violations and penalties issued by the VUDPS:

1.    Warning                                                             

2.    Reserved Area Without Permit

3.    Blocking Driveway

4.    Permit Not Displayed Properly

5.    Parked on the Sidewalk

6.    Parked in a Posted Area Without Permit

7.    Parked Over Lines

8.    Parked in Two or More Spaces

9.    Parking/Driving on Grass or Non-Paved Area

10.  Failure to Yield to Pedestrian

11.  Parking in or Blocking Loading Zones

12.  Blocking building entrance/exits

13.  Expired Permit

14.  Daily Immobilization Fee

15.  Failure to obey traffic control signs

16.  Stop Sign Violation

17.  Unauthorized Use of Permit

18.  Displaying West Hangtag without a West sticker

19.  Speeding or Driving Too Fast for Conditions

20.  Refusal to Obey/show ID to an Officer

21.  Fire Zone Violation

22.  Reckless/Careless Driving

23.  Blocking Fire Gates

24.  Blocking Fire Hydrant

25.  Handicap Parking without State Issued Plate/Placard

26.  Misuse of Permit

27.  Immobilization “Boot” Removal Fee

28.  Displaying a lost/stolen permit

29.  Fraudulent Registration (Loss of Parking Privilege) to both the registraint and recipiant.

30.  Forging/Altering Permits (Loss of Parking Privilege)































B.    Any vehicle receiving more than five citations in an academic year may be subject to the violation fee, and an additional “habitual offender” fine of $50 for each citation from that point forward. In addition, the Parking Office reserves the right to revoke the parking privileges of any person due to excessive tickets.

C.    Persons committing any act of commission or omission intentionally designed to deceive a member of the Public Safety Department for the purpose of obtaining parking or access to campus may be referred for internal disciplinary action through the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Human Resources. These acts include, but are not limited to, providing false information to obtain a permit, lying to a gate officer, and forging or altering a permit.

D.    Parking citations are issued to employees and students alike for the purpose of helping ensure proper use and management of the University’s parking resources. Timely disposition of tickets received is expected, as described in the section below. Adherence to campus traffic and parking rules, as well as timely payment of parking fines, may be taken into account when reviewing an employee’s overall performance annually and determining future pay increases.

A.    If you receive a citation on your vehicle, you must:

  1. Pay the fine either in person or by mail to the Villanova University Bursars Office, Kennedy Hall, Villanova, PA 19085
  2. Appeal the citation within (15) working days.

B.    The University Parking Appeals Committee is the governing body for appeals of parking citations issued at Villanova University. The board shall meet as needed to review appeals that have not been previously adjudicated by the Parking Office, and the members of the committee will render a non-biased decision to all appellants, notifying them in an expedient manner. The Committee shall strive to ensure that equitable enforcement of all University Parking Regulations is applied. The Parking Appeals Committee consists of representation from Student Government, Staff Council, Faculty Congress, as well as management. Individuals wishing to appeal a citation may do so in writing, using the ticket appeal form found on the Public Safety website. Appeals may be granted, partially granted, or denied. The decision of the Committee is final and the meetings are closed to the public.

A.    Unregistered vehicles are subject to immobilization (booting) or removal from campus property by a private tow operator at the owner’s expense.

B.    Attempting to remove an immobilizer boot or operate the vehicle with the immobilizer installed will result in damage to the vehicle as well as the immobilizer. Any tampering with an immobilization device will result in loss of parking privileges, and the owner/operator will be responsible for any replacement costs as well as removal charge.

C.    In the event that a boot is misplaced or stolen, the university theft policy will be applicable.

Additional Information

For additional information, please feel free to contact the Parking Office at 610-519-6989 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm); or email Customer Service anytime.We are located in Garey Hall at the corner of County Line Road and Spring Mill Rd.

Parking Permits may be purchased after mid-July of each year!