What You Need to Know: Parking and Campus Transportation

Whether your student is arriving on campus this fall for his or her first semester, or for the beginning of senior year, Parking and Transportation would like to share some information to help you and your student plan for a smooth commute to campus.

Parking Permits
Parking permits will go on sale on Wednesday, July 22 at Once your student has purchased his or her parking permit, the hangtag will be mailed to your student’s home address and he or she can print a temporary pass for use up to ten days in the meantime. Students who join, Mason’s free rideshare network, will be able to buy a parking permit two days early on Monday, July 20.

Detours and Lane Closures
There will be some detours and lane closures on the northwest part of the Fairfax Campus beginning on July 8 as Mason breaks ground on a new building that will house the College of Health and Human Services. The building will be constructed in a space that is currently Lot H, which will be closing on July 8. Alternative parking options are available here.

Along with the closure of Lot H will come multiple phases of road closures and detours on the northwest part of the Fairfax Campus as Patriot Circle is rebuilt to the south of its current location between George Mason Boulevard and Aquia Creek Lane. You and your student can keep up with the latest construction and other impacts at

Alternative Transportation: Mason Shuttles and Bicycles
Mason shuttles and bicycles are not only convenient, but are great green transportation options for your student to try this fall. There are currently six Mason shuttle routes with various on- and off-campus destinations including the Vienna Metro, Burke Centre VRE, regional malls, and our Science and Technology Campus (formerly Prince William Campus). All shuttles and the CUE Bus are free with Mason ID and are equipped with a bike rack. Schedules and maps for the shuttles are available at

Mason is also a designated Bicycle Friendly University with over a 100 bike rack locations, bike pumps, and fix-it stations. Students can register their bike at to receive a free U-lock, bike lights, and maps.

If you have any questions about your new commute or need more information, please contact us at or 703.993.2828.

Marinia Budimir
Transportation Coordinator
Parking and Transportation