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FAQs

Why are these changes being made to parking at Villanova?

Given the ongoing transformation of our campus, the Parking Office—with the help of parking consultants and through benchmarking with peer universities—has developed plans to meet our future parking needs. In addition, the opening of The Commons this fall and the new Performing Arts Center in early 2020 will require adjustments in how we assign spaces, accommodate visitors and enforce parking regulations.

What are the main parking changes going to be in Fall 2019?

The I-1 Parking Garage will now be the primary facility used by eligible resident students, commuter students and visitors to campus. In all other lots, license plate recognition (LPR) technology will be used to aid in our enforcement efforts. For visitors to campus or those who do not have a permit, there will be a fee to park in the garage (first hour is free; maximum is $20 per day) upon exiting the garage. Payment can be made at the pay station kiosk inside the garage or if necessary at the gate with a credit card. An attendant will be on duty during day and evening hours to assist.

How will parking in the I-1 Garage work for eligible resident students?

Resident students may only park on the top two levels of the I-1 garage. Upon entering the garage, resident students will have 15 minutes to proceed through the second gate located on the third level. If a resident’s vehicle enters the garage and doesn’t proceed to the upper level, the exit gate will not open and you will need to contact Public Safety to get out of the garage.

Who will be allowed to park on the other levels of the I-1 garage?

The lower three levels of the I-1 garage will be designated for commuter students and visitors. Like resident students, the technology in commuter student permits will open the gates to enter and exit the garage but will not allow access to the upper two levels.

If I don’t have a permit to park on campus, can I park in off-campus locations like the SEPTA lots?

We ask that you do not park in any off-campus locations, including the SEPTA lots, Villanova Center or surrounding neighborhoods. Student guests and resident students who bring a car temporarily can make parking arrangements in advance through the Parking Office. Faculty and staff who are hosting events should be in touch with the Parking Office as early as possible in their planning process to make the appropriate parking arrangements.

  • You must register your own vehicle or a vehicle of a family member of your household. Upper classmen cannot register an under classmen's vehicle.
  • Who is eligible for a parking permit?  All Faculty and Staff can obtain a parking permit. Eligible students include Commuters, Law Students, and Resident Juniors and Seniors.
  • How do I register for a parking permit? Registration can be done online at Parking Portal. Please visit Parking Registration for more details.
  • How do I display my permit? Hang tags must be hung from the review mirror without obstructions. If switching to your secondary vehicle, please remember to move the permit with you. Sticker decals must be permanently affixed to the vehicles window and in the correct location. All permits must be visible at all times.
  • I lost/damaged my permit? Please visit the Parking Office to have the old permit deactivated and a new one issued. There is a replacment fee.
  • My permit expired? Please go online to the Parking Portal to register for a new parking permit and the new one can be picked up at the Parking Office.
  • Can I share my permit? No. All permits are issued to 1 individual and their corresponding vehicle. Sharing a permit is a violation.
  • Where can I park with my permit? All parking permits are assigned to a lot and you must park in your assigned lot. Exemptions can be made on a temporary basis. Please visit the Parking Office to obtain a temporary pass. If there is a temporary issue with a lot, you will be instructed to alternative parking.
  • How many vehicles can I register? Faculty and Staff can register up multiple vehicles. Eligible Students can register 1 vehicle.
  • How do I change my permanent vehicle? Faculty/Staff: Please visit the Parking Portal to change your vehicle, add a new vehicle, or update your profile. Students: Please add the new vehicle to your parking account, remove the decals from the old vehicle, and bring the decal to the Parking Office for a replacement.
  • Can I use a vehicle other than the one I registered for a day or short period? A temporary pass must be obtained whenever a vehicle other than the one currently registered with the Parking Office is brought to campus. Passes are valid until the date and time indicated on the pass and can be obtained at any Guard Gate or the Parking Office
  • Where can my visitor or guest park? All visitors and guests can pay to park at the I-1 Garage. For University business, Faculty and Staff can request a temporary pass prior to their arrival. Please visit Forms for the Guest Parking Request.
  • Can I just leave a note on my vehicle? No. Temporary parking permits can be obtained at any Guard Gate or the Parking Office. Notes are unacceptable.
  • Can I just leave my flashers on? No. Temporary parking permits can be obtained at any Guard Gate or the Parking Office. Flashers are unacceptable.
  • Where do Contractors, Temporary Employees, Volunteers, and Interns park?  All are required to purchase permits for their time on campus. If warranted, the department hosting the worker can obtain the permit for them. Contractors must be registered through Facilities Management or Public Safety.
  • Can I park in the SEPTA lot? Under no circumstances should an individual park in either of the two SEPTA lots adjacent to the campus. The SEPTA lots are NOT University parking areas. SEPTA tows all unauthorized vehicles.
  • How much does a parking permit cost? Faculty and Staff is $125 per year which will be deducted through payroll. Eligible students is $100 per year which is billed through the Bursar. Please visit Parking Permit Prices for all costs.
  • What are the heights of the Garages and Bridges?
  •     I-1 Garage: Ithan 8'2'', Lancaster 8'2'', 2 & 3 Levels 7'
  •     M-2 Garage:  Main Level 8'2'', Ramp 7', Lower Level 7'2''
  •     S-4 Garage:  Main & Lower Level 7'5'', Ramps 7'5'
  •     County Line Bridge:  10'4''  Ithan/South Bridge:  10'
  •     Lancaster Pedestrian Bridge:  17'6''

  • All vehicle and drivers must abide by all traffic laws and the University Parking Regulations. Not following these laws and regulations can result in a citation or loss of parking privileges.
  • All vehicles are to be operated with extreme caution at no more than 15 miles per hour on University roadways and in parking lots. 
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at all times. 
  • Traffic controls, such as access gates, stop and speed limit signs, pedestrian right of way lanes, and traffic lane designations, are in effect at all times. Any tampering with or damage to gates will result in loss of parking privledges.

Additional Information

For additional information, please feel free to contact the Parking Office at 610-519-6989 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-4pm); or email Customer Service anytime.

For questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Shuttles or Nova Van On Demand, please email shuttles@villanova.edu

We are located in Garey Hall at the corner of County Line Road and Spring Mill Rd.

Parking Permits may be purchased in July of each year!