Fall 2022 Parking and Transportation Updates and Permit Sales

Fall 2022 Parking and Transportation Updates and Permit Sales

Fall 2022 semester parking permits will go on sale ONLINE ONLY on Monday, August 1, at parking.gmu.edu. Parking permits will only be sold on a per-semester basis. Semester and daily/weekly/monthly parking permit rates are posted on the Parking and Transportation website.

Permits will automatically renew in September for employees who pay via payroll deduction, and no action is required.

Permit Options and Rates
Use the links below to view parking permit rates for each classification:

To Purchase a Permit:

  •  Go to parking.gmu.edu and click on “Purchase Your Permit”
  • Log in with your Mason ID and password and then click “Purchase Your Permit”
  • Verify and/or edit your mailing address. Resident students must have an active Postal Box number in Patriot Web to use their university address.
  • Select the parking permit you would like to purchase.
  • Please read all the rules and regulations associated with the parking permit you intend to purchase and if you agree, click the Accept button. You are responsible for adhering to the posted rules, so please make sure you understand and agree before making a purchase.
  • Verify permit type and information listed prior to inputting payment information.
  • Once the purchase is complete, you will receive a link via email. Click the link and print out the parking permit. The link is temporary, so please save and print the parking permit within 10 days.
  • See where your chosen parking permit is valid, as well as the rules and regulations at: https://transportation.gmu.edu/policies/#ParkingPermitRegulations

 Reserved Parking Deck/Garage Permits:

Reserved Parking Deck/Garage parking permits (except Shenandoah Deck) require an access device that will allow you to enter/exit your reserved area of the parking deck/garage. If you are purchasing the same reserved Parking Deck/Garage parking permit for the fall 2022 semester that you had for the spring 2022 semester, your current access device will be reactivated. However, current access cards will be replaced this August/September as the parking systems are being upgraded. Please pay attention to your Mason email, as more information will be shared in the coming weeks.

To obtain or exchange an access device, visit the Parking Services Office on your campus. (Access devices are not required at the SciTech Campus.)

Fairfax Parking Office
Located next to the Shenandoah Parking Deck
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mason Square Parking Office
Van Metre Hall, Room 219
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Note: Please allow two business days to obtain an access device after permit purchase.

Also new this year, parking deck permit holders will be issued a QR code as an alternate access device, which can be printed out or used directly from a mobile phone. Parking Services will provide information about this option via email.


For off-Campus students-Bundle and earn when you buy a Lot J or Rappahannock Deck reserved permit and then a Freedom 350 or Freedom 500 Dining plan, you will receive up to $50 in extra Freedom Rewards and $25 in Bookstore Credit. For more info, visit Park & Dine page.

Parking Changes for the Fall Semester:

West Campus Shuttle Updates
West Campus shuttle service will be adjusted for the fall semester, with buses every 20 minutes throughout most of the day, but every 40 minutes after 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and all day on Fridays. Additionally, a new stop is being added to the route at the Ángel Cabrera Global Center.

There is no shuttle service on Saturday/Sunday. Regular fall service starts begins on Monday, August 22. There will be special one-time only Sunday service on the West Campus route on Sunday, August 21, from noon to 10 p.m.


Freshmen Resident Students
Freshmen resident students may purchase any parking permit except the General and Lot M/P parking permits. Freshmen residents may purchase the “Resident Lite” parking permit option, which is valid in Lots K, M, O, and P.

Off-Campus Freshmen
Off-campus freshmen may purchase the “Fairfax/SciTech General Lot” parking permit option in addition to other options normally available to them.

Sophomore Residents
The “Fairfax/SciTech General Lot” parking permit option is available for purchase for Sophomore Residents in addition to other options normally available to them.

Townhouse Residents
A Townhouse parking permit is available to Townhouse residents at a discounted price, but is not valid on the Fairfax East Campus or the SciTech Campus.

Payroll Deduction Permits
Permits will automatically renew in September for employees who pay via payroll deduction, and no action is required. Any employees wishing to stop payroll deduction must return their parking permit to the Parking Services office at MS 1G4. Parking permits must be received by August 10 in order to stop deductions for the September 1 paycheck. Parking permits may be returned at any time to stop future deductions. The process to end your parking payroll deduction will be initiated upon receipt of your parking permit.

Short Term Parking
Students, faculty, and staff who do not require parking on campus on a regular basis may consider daily, weekly, and monthly options available online. Hourly visitor parking is available in all parking garages with a $18 daily maximum.

Daily parking options are available for Lots L/K for $11/day, Lots M, O, and P at the Field House for $7/day, and at the West Campus lot for $5/day. Daily permits for these options are available online at parking.gmu.edu and require drivers to print out and display the permit on their dashboards. Each of these locations also have mobile payment options through the ParkMobile app. A pay-by-license-plate pay station is located in Lot O at the Field House as an additional payment option for Lots M, O, and P.

Daily parking permits are also available for the SciTech Campus for $8/day, with hourly options available via the ParkMobile app.

Weekly and monthly permits are also available online for Lots L/K and West Campus lot.

Reserved Parking Permit Rules and Regulations
Student reserved parking permits: Mason Pond Deck, Shenandoah Deck, Rappahannock River Deck, Van Metre Garage, Lot R, Lot I and Lot J reserved permits are only allowed to park in the General permit areas of the Fairfax Campus from 5–11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on the weekends. At all other times, these parking permit holders must park in their designated permit areas. Any Faculty/Staff members who have purchased a Lot I or Lot J parking permit are held to the same rules as stated above.

Reserved parking permits are sold in limited quantities to ensure space availability to permit holders under normal conditions. Reserved areas may be used as overflow parking on occasion, but reserved parking permit holders will still be assured a parking space.

The only exceptions to these rules are Mason Pond and Shenandoah Evening parking permits, which are valid in the General permit areas at all times.

SciTech Campus
Fairfax/SciTech General, Mason Square, or any Fairfax reserved lot (I, J, R) or parking deck permit is valid in the SciTech Campus General lots (Occoquan, Discovery, King, and Tower). The Hylton Lot will be completely or partially closed at times as construction begins on a new academic building. Mason parking permits are not allowed in the Freedom Center parking lot.

Beacon Hall residents must purchase a Beacon Hall reserved parking permit, which is valid in the Beacon Hall resident lot, Tower lot, and in the General parking areas at the Fairfax Campus.

Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus)
In order to purchase a Mason Square parking permit, you must be working or taking a class there. Each parking permit type at Mason Square is valid in Fairfax and SciTech Campus General parking areas.

Free parking and alternative transportation options are also available (Mason Shuttles, biking, or public transportation). Visit transportation.gmu.edu for more information.

  • Free Mason Shuttles run regularly between Fairfax Campus and Vienna Metro, Science and Technology Campus, Mason Square, and area shopping centers (Gunston’s Go Bus). Many routes have schedule changes from this past spring, including reduced service levels on Fridays. Check shuttle.gmu.edu for details. Fall shuttle schedules will be posted by the first week in August.
  • CUE Bus is free with Mason ID. Travel through City of Fairfax and to/from Vienna Metro. Check CUE Bus website for details.

Motorcycles, Mopeds, and Motorized Scooters All motorcycles, mopeds, and motorized scooters will be required to have a parking permit displayed when parking on any of George Mason University’s campuses. Motorcycles, mopeds, and motorized scooters will no longer be allowed to park at bike racks/shelters. Parking will only be permitted in dedicated motorcycle parking areas with a motorcycle permit, or in a regular vehicle space with a valid parking permit (lockable parking permit holders can be purchased at the Fairfax Parking Services Office for $25). A dedicated motorcycle/moped/scooter parking permit can be purchased individually or as a discounted supplemental parking permit when purchased with a regular vehicle parking permit. Motorcycle parking permits are sold in the Parking Services Office. To purchase a parking permit, please make an appointment with the Parking Services Office.

Please note that personally owned e-scooters similar to the rental ones available around campus may be parked at bike racks.

Contact Us
For questions or concerns, contact parking@gmu.edu. Follow Mason Parking and Transportation on Twitter and Facebook.