Finding a parking spot on campus is not an easy thing to do. Many students pay $70 bucks or so a semester to have a parking pass. Unfortunately, it seems that UWW is lacking parking. For students going to class, the best options are the Center of the Arts, Upham, Hyland, and Heidi parking lot. These parking lots have parking pass and metered sections. Parking on the street is an option if you have an 8 am class and arrive before all the spots are gone or if you get lucky later in the day. Parking spots in Heidi and Upham are rare unless you drive around and stalk for fifteen minutes. I have found that it took me longer to get to class when I drove and had to find a spot then when I walked. Many days I found my parking pass useless because there were no spots to be found. There were countless days that I had to dig out my change to plug a meter even though I did pay for a parking pass.
Another common dilemma occurs when a student with a parking pass is running late. They do not have time to drive around ten minutes looking for a spot. So the student plugs the meter for as long as the limit. Unfortunately, the meter runs out during the last twenty minutes of class and the student returns to find a ticket. This feeling sucks! I personally feel that the Heidi side of campus needs more parking. Finding parking when going to the Health Center or Roseman building for an appointment is terrible. If your appointment is mid-day do not bother wasting your time looking for a spot just park by the volleyball nets be the gym.
Another problem area is the area of Hyer and the Library. It would be nice to have somewhere to park when you have to run into the financial aid office quick or drop off a check at the cashier’s office. I bet if there was easy access to the library even more people would use the library. I will be walking to class next semester and avoiding the stress of finding a parking spot.
It is sad that with all the stresses of being a college student, finding a parking spot before class was a main one.