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 a minimum number of credits need to be 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 and Zipcars are available. 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 Parking@villanova.edu 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 decal that must be permanently affix it to the vehicle in the correct location. Decal permits should be affixed using the adhesive side and may not be affixed using a temporary method (such as tape, rubber bands, etc.), nor should the decal be placed on the dashboard. Decal must be below any vanity tinting and must be visible at all times. Decals may be registered to only one vehicle and are not transferrable. Lot assignments are determined by a student’s on-campus address:
i. Students who live on Main Campus or the Commons may purchase a I-1 (Ithan Garage) decal which permits them 24 hour parking in the I-1 (Ithan Garage) NESTING AREA 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 S- 6 (Garey Hall) or the S-4 (North Campus Law School Garage))
C. Commuter students may purchase a I-1 (Ithan Garage) decal, allowing the student to park in the I-1 (Ithan Garage). 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 Parking Portal. 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. With an already valid permit, a motorcycle permit can be issued for a 1 time fee of $10. The motorcycle permit is valid in the same lot as your current permit.
H. Electric Vehicles must have an Electric Parking Permit in order to park in Electric Charging Stations. Students parking in the I-1 or S-4 Garages can purchase an Electric Parking Permit for $200yr. Faculty and Staff parking in the M-2 or S-4 Garages can purchase an Electric Parking Permit for $200yr. You are permitted to park in an Electric Charaging Station spacewhile you are charging (approximately 4 hrs). When not charging, your vehicle will need to be parked in a non-charging space in the garage it is issued.
I. 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.
J. 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.
K. 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:
- Purchasing a permit in another person’s name.
- Registering multiple vehicles for the same time period, except as authorized by the Parking Office.
- Registering a vehicle that is to be used by and for a person not authorized such registration.
- Misrepresentation of one’s eligibility for the permit purchase.
- Altering the information on a parking permit.
- Manufacture and/or display of a counterfeit permit.
L. License Plate Recognition (LPR) will be used for enforcement in all lots. When parked, your vehicle registration plate must face the trafficway so that the LPR technology can read it. It is especially important that when you register your vehicle, the information is accurate. Those that are now permitless need only keep their information current and have their plate face the trafficway. Those that are still issued a physical permit must display that permit and have their plate face the trafficway.