All Elon University students will see an increase in parking permit rates next academic year. For regular permits, the rates will increase from $160 to $225, except for Global Neighborhood lot permits which will increase from $50 to $100.
According to a campus-wide email forwarded by Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley on Nov. 29, Chief of Campus Police and Safety Joe LeMire will be initiating a parking pilot program in which all freshman parking will be moved to the east side of campus, including at Danieley Center and a new lot being built at the Gerald Francis Center.
The email also said that campus transportation — including parking buses, shuttles, E-rides and campus safety escort services — will facilitate transportation to and from these lots. In addition, future parking decisions will be made after the “first several years” of this pilot program.
This announcement for the 2024-25 academic year comes after the change in permit price for Mill Point residents at the beginning of the fall 2023 semester — having increased from free to $160.
During a town hall discussion inside Irazu Coffee on Nov. 8, President Connie Book hinted about these changes when parking was mentioned by students.
Book said that Lemire may propose a series of changes and is considering various factors about student parking on campus.
“He's looking at everything, including whether first-year students should be able to have a car on campus or not,” Book said.
The email also stated that the current freshmen parking locations in East Neighborhood will become faculty parking spots under this pilot program.