Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Transfer Student's Perspective on Parking

Parking can be a four-letter word when it comes to any large institution. The cost, the lack of spaces, the tickets, it all adds up to one huge headache. It will relieve you to know then, that UNCW is on top of things when it comes to parking. You’re assigned to a lot based on things like what year you are, and whether or not you’re commuting or if you live on campus. When you buy it, it lasts exactly one year (i.e. if you bought it March 1, 2014 it would last until March 1, 2015). And personally I’ve never had trouble finding a space when I drive to campus. Prices vary based on need, but it can be as inexpensive as $70. For more information head over to the Warwick building on campus or visit:

That said, there is a solid (and cheap!) alternative to parking on campus: The Wave. The Wave is the bus system at UNCW and it goes out about 1 to 2 miles from campus. It’s on a 20-minute loop, and each route hits most of the major apartment complexes nearby. As a student who lives in that radius, I use it almost exclusively when going to class and it’s never once made me late. Most routes drop you off at the Fischer University Union, which is smack in the middle of campus. The others go to Lutze Hall nearby, and there is a route that loops campus as well. The drivers are all very friendly and will never leave you chasing after the bus. Plus it’s free as long as you show them your student ID! They even have a tracking system so you can see where your shuttle is in real time. For more information, route maps, and that handy tracking app visit:

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