Commuting for off-campus students can be quite challenging at times! It is pertinent for off-campus students to know about parking options during the school year. Parking is available in lots as well as parking decks during the school year on the Fairfax, Prince William, and Arlington campuses! Purchase a parking permit online from Parking Services before driving and parking on campus.
Note: Certain permits specific to Prince William and Arlington campuses can only be purchased by contacting or visiting their individual Parking Services offices.
There are several specific parking permits. General Lot permits allow you to park in several parking lots across campus. Reserved Lots and Parking Decks require specific permits.
General Parking Lots: A, C, L, K, M, O, P, and Level 1 & 2 of Rappahannock River Parking Deck
Lot I – Reserved
Lot J – Reserved
Lot R -Reserved
Reserved Deck Permits:
Mason Pond (Fairfax)
Founders Hall (Arlington)
Other Modes of Transportation
Besides driving to school, there are other options for off-campus students to get to locations:
Fairfax/SciTech Shuttle – This shuttle provides service between the Fairfax and Prince William campuses. This shuttle also stops at the Manassas Mall. Click here to check out the schedule for this shuttle.
Mason to Metro Shuttle – This shuttle picks up/departs from stops on the Fairfax Campus, and stops at the Commerce Building and the Vienna Metro. Click here for the Mason to Metro, Metro to Mason, and Metro Express schedules.
Gunston Go-Bus Shuttle- This shuttle provides services to the nearby areas in Fairfax like Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Corner and Fair Lakes center. Click here for the schedule of this shuttle.
Burke Centre/VRE Express- This shuttle provides service to the Burke Centre VRE train strain from the Fairfax campus. Click here for the schedule.
CUE Bus – Run by the city of Fairfax, these buses are free with Mason ID. For more information on how the CUE Bus works, click here.
Zipcar – Need a car for a while, but don’t want to use yours? Register with Zipcar and you don’t have to worry about car payments, maintenance, gas or insurance.
Zimride – This is Mason’s private ride-share network. Visit http://zimride.gmu.edu and sign up with your Mason email address and password, then type in your commute information and Zimride will show you a list of students who are traveling the same way that you are.
Bike – Mason encourages everyone coming to campus to leave their car at home and ride their bike! All public buses and Mason Shuttles are outfitted with bike racks. There are bike lanes, racks, shelters, and pumps located all over the Fairfax Campus. Bike racks and a Capital Bikeshare station are located on the Arlington Campus, and bike racks are also available at the Prince William (SciTech) Campus. Register your bike with Parking and Transportation to receive a free U-lock, bike lights and safety information.