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UMD Parking: 9 Places for Visitors to Park On and Around Campus

With streets winding every which way around large buildings that all look the same, parking on a major college campus can be tricky – and finding visitor parking at the University of Maryland is no exception. The good news is that there are plenty of places for visitors to park at the University of Maryland, including a few off-campus options. You just have to know where to look.

On-Campus Visitor Parking Overview

Designated visitor parking on campus is available using digital pay stations in one surface lot and four parking garages.  A limited number of metered spaces are also located around campus, and many faculty and staff lots offer unrestricted parking during evening hours.

Unless otherwise noted, paid parking is enforced from 7:00 AM until midnight at a rate of $3/hour. Visitor parking on the UMD campus is managed via the ParkMobile app which provides meter expiration reminders and allows visitors to pay from a smartphone, regardless of their location.

Check out the campus map, which provides an overview of available parking spaces, garages, and lots as well as digital kiosks. (Note: visitor parking may not be available during special events. Always read posted signs before parking.)

Parking Spots

Parking fines and towing fees will put a damper on your UMD visit. So, before you hit the road, review your parking options, their hours of operation, and what they cost. Here are the 9 best places for visitors to park at the University of Maryland, both on and off campus.

1. Garage at The Hotel at the University of Maryland

The garage at The Hotel at the University of Maryland is the perfect place to park if you plan to spend the day exploring campus on foot or perhaps enjoying some libations at one of the many great places to grab a drink in College Park.

Location: 7720 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

Cost: There are several options for parking within the Hotel at UMD Garage.

  • Valet – $24/day with full in/out privileges.
  • Self-parking for hotel guests: $16/day
  • Self-parking for non-guests: $7/hour for the first two hours, then a flat rate of $24 for anything longer.

Park here if you plan to:

Other Information:

2. Turner Hall Visitor Parking Lot

This is where you’ll park when you first arrive on campus. Pop into Turner Hall and stop by the Visitor Services Welcome Desk to grab a map and ask your questions about visiting the University of Maryland.

Location: 7746 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20742

Cost: $3/hour from 7:00 AM – Midnight

Park here if you plan to:

  • Take a self-guided tour of campus.
  • Sneak a peek at the historic Rossborough Inn.
  • Visit the Registrar’s office in the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Building.
  • Meet with a financial aid officer in the Lee Building.

3. Union Lane Garage

If you want to park in the middle of it all, the Union Lane Garage is where you’ll head. Its central location makes it a great place to park for anything from sporting events to study dates.

Location: 4170 Union Lane, College Park, MD 20742

Cost: $3/hour from 7:00 AM – Midnight

Park here if you plan to:

4. Stadium Drive Garage

As implied by the name, the Stadium Drive Garage is intended for use by those filling the stands at UMD sporting events. But its location makes it an ideal place for visitors to park on the UMD campus, sports fans or not.

Location: 4025 Stadium Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Cost: $3/hour from 7:00 AM – Midnight

Park here if you plan to:

Other Information

  • Prepaid visitor parking is available on evenings and weekends.

5. Mowatt Lane Garage

South campus is home to many academic buildings, student residences, and gorgeous green spaces. Getting to them from the Mowatt Lane Garage, with its entrance along the southern border of the UMD campus, couldn’t be easier.

Location: 7699 Mowatt Lane, College Park, MD 20742

Cost: $3/hour from 7:00 AM – Midnight

Park here if you plan to:

  • Audit a class at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
  • Grab a bite at the South Campus Dining Hall.
  • Visit a friend at one of the many apartment buildings located on South campus.

Other Information:

  • The top floor of the garage contains its only designated visitor spaces.

6. Regents Drive Garage

One of the largest parking garages on campus is located smack dab in the middle of all UMD has to offer its visitors. From agriculture to history to outdoor plazas, so many attractions are easily accessible from the Regents Drive Garage.

Location: 8056 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Cost: $3/hour from 7:00 AM – Midnight

Park here if you plan to:

Other Information:

  • Visitor spaces are limited to those available on the fieldhouse drive entrance.

7. On-Campus Lots

All on-campus lots are restricted on weekdays between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Outside of these times, many are available for free. UMD uses a variety of characteristics on parking signs to indicate restrictions. If you’re hoping to park in an unrestricted space after 4:00 PM, your best bet is to aim for lots that have black parking signage instead of red. Just don’t forget to move your vehicle before 7:00 AM. The Campus Parking Map details locations and restrictions for each lot.

8. Cambria Hotel Parking Garage

The Cambria Hotel is a great place to park while visiting a student who lives off campus, accessing the College Park Metro Station, or exploring the town of College Park, itself.

Location: 8321 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

Cost: There are three price points at the Cambria Hotel garage.

  • Up to one hour: $6
  • Up to two hours: $8
  • Three hours or more: $12

Park here if you plan to:

  • Grab a cup of Vigilante Coffee.
  • Enjoy pho, tacos, Korean BBQ, sushi, or any of the other cuisine available along the Rt. 1 corridor in College Park.
  • Hike along the Paint Branch Trail.

9. Downtown CP Parking Garage

Another convenient garage located just off-campus, the Downtown Parking Garage is quite close to many University of Maryland attractions.

Location: Corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

Cost: $0.75/hour Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Park here if you plan to:

  • Meander through downtown College Park.
  • Take in the grand architecture of the houses along Fraternity Row.
  • Treat yourself to something delicious and decadent from Insomnia cookies.
  • Watch the UMD Marching Band practice at Chapel Field.

Other Information:

  • The parking garage features electronic pay stations which accept most forms of tender including coins, bills, and cards.

Stay at the Hotel at the University of Maryland During Your Visit

If you’re driving into town for more than a day, you’ll certainly need a place to stay. We’ve got you covered. The Hotel at the University of Maryland’s Drive and Stay package includes free parking for the night so you don’t have to worry about parking on the UMD campus. Our luxurious guest rooms leave little to be desired, and the indoor pool, grand Lobby Bar, business center, and top-notch concierge services round out the perfect UMD experience. Book your stay today!

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