To find a parking spot or not to find a parking spot, that is the question here at Winthrop. Even though there are various spaces and lots around campus for parking, students often find themselves unable to find the parking they want. We asked a few freshmen students here at the university about their thoughts on campus parking.
“Parking here on campus honestly isn’t that bad, as long as you don’t mind walking a little bit. There are plenty of parking spaces in Legion parking lot. I feel as though there could maybe be more on campus, closer, parking places for residents. I think adding a couple more visitor parking spots would be great too! I feel that parking spots are kind of small, but maybe that’s just me. As a whole, parking on campus isn’t that bad and I’m glad that as a freshman, I get the opportunity to have the freedom of driving and having my car on campus.” | Gabby Gardner, Wofford Hall, IMC
“There is only 8 spots total in front of our building, specifically for Margaret Nance residents. The majority of the time the other girls in my building and I are forced to part in the Legion lot because that is the only place that can ensure us a spot, which happens to be on the complete opposite side of campus. If you are lucky enough to get a good parking spot, you don’t want to give it up so you end up not really going anywhere. I do not have a favorite thing about parking because the amount of parking is actually TERRIBLE. In my opinion, faculty/staff have too much parking. I have also noticed that commuters have more parking in the convenient places and that doesn’t make sense to me because those of us who are residence at Winthrop pay more to be here, so wouldn’t you think the people who are the ones paying the most to keep this school running would be the ones pleased? A parking lot definitely needs to be made for Margaret Nance residents, it is pretty ridiculous that the whole building shares 8 parking spots.” | Reaganne Patterson, Margaret Nance, Mathematics
“Overall, I enjoy parking on campus because it gives me the comfort of knowing that my car is here in case I need to go anywhere. My least favorite thing about parking on campus is that there aren’t nearly enough parking spots for residents around campus. Residents definitely need more parking spots because there are always a lot of empty faculty spots while residents are rarely ever able to find a good spot.” | Coby Bloomer, Richardson Hall, Mass Communication
“I think there should be a lot more parking spaces/lots around campus, mainly near residence halls. My least favorite thing about parking is that I paid $100 for my parking pass, but I still have to park very far away. I should be able to get a closer parking space near my residence hall since I paid for the pass. I do like how students are allowed to leave their cars on campus because it allows them to leave to go places in our free time. There should also be more visitor parking spaces for family member coming to visit often.” | Gianna Gutierrez, Wofford Hall, Biology
“So far my parking experiences at Winthrop have not been too terrible or anything to truly complain about, but my residence hall is very close to a fairly big parking lot, plus Legion is right across the street. I do see if I did lived farther away, say Margaret Nance or Phelps, parking would be a huge pain. I think that there is too many faculty and staff parking around the buildings that would be better suited for students and commuters. Also, knowing other commuters hearing their struggle each day trying to find parking shows me that there’s just not enough easy access parking around campus. Other than that Winthrop seems to be doing a good job with the amount of parking, considering the campus size.” | Grace Hammond, Richardson Hall, Fine Arts
“Parking ain’t s***. There are not enough spaces in front of the Margaret Nance. All of the spaces are too far away from the building. My least favorite part is that you have to pay $40 for a citation for your first offense, and that there are only a few spots near Margaret Nance, but plenty near Richardson and Wofford. I dislike everything about parking. There should definitely be more parking for residents on the actual campus instead of across the street.” | Delisha Sarratt, Margaret Nance, Elementary Education