Parking Services at Mason Square

See also: Office of Parking Services Website, Directions to the Law School

Note: The Truland Building garage and surface parking lot are no longer available for use by George Mason faculty and staff.

For hours, see the Mason Square Parking Service website

Parking Options for Students, Faculty & Staff

Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) Parking Garage

  • The Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) garage is a reserved parking garage that guarantees all Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) permit holders a parking space in that structure. Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) permits will also be valid in the non-restricted spaces of the general permit areas on both the Fairfax and Prince William campuses. The Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) permits are not valid in the Vernon Smith Building Garage.
  • The Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) garage requires the use of a unique electronic access device, so once you purchase your permit, you will need to visit the Mason Square Parking Services’ office to obtain the device.
  • To access the Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) garage, use the alley behind Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders), turning off either Kirkwood Drive (between Hazel Hall and Truland Building) or Washington Boulevard at the traffic signal between Giant and Vernon Smith Hall (come down the hill and go past the Vernon Smith Hall garage and the Original Building loading dock).

Vernon Smith Hall Garage

  • A Mason Square Faculty/Staff/Student general permit and access card are required to park in the George Mason University Vernon Smith Hall Garage. A general permit does not guarantee space in the Vernon Smith Hall Garage.
  • For those driving directly to the Vernon Smith Hall parking garage it is recommended that you approach the garage from the north on Washington Blvd. so you can make a right turn into the entrances.  If you are driving on Fairfax Drive from I-66, you can make a left at Quincy St. (the Arlington Funeral Home sign is on the corner) and then make a right onto Washington Blvd. across from Washington and Lee High School.  It is best to use the entrance closest to Giant by turning right at the traffic light rather than use the entrance in the alley by the Truland Building.

Visitor Parking

Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) Garage

  • Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) Garage is located directly beneath the school. To access the garage, use the entrance located off of Kirkwood Drive, in between Fairfax Drive and Washington Boulevard. Currently, the rates are $3/hour with a daily maximum of $15 Monday-Friday.
  • There is metered parking in front of the law school on Fairfax Drive.

Note: We are unable to validate parking.

Vernon Smith Hall Garage

  • Visitor parking allowed only with advanced permission from Parking Services at all times. One may not park in the Mason leased spaces and pay the hourly rate. The hourly rates only apply to the retail business spaces such as for Mala Tang.
  • Please contact Parking Services at for information on requesting visitor parking.

Event Parking

Event parking is arranged with the Events Management office in conjunction with Parking Services. Please contact Events Management (3-8140) or Parking Services (3-8146 or for information on meeting your event needs. Organizations can purchase validations from Parking Services for their guests. See the university's website for the Mason Square Parking Validation Request Form.

Special Parking

  • Disabled Parking Available in each parking facility. Vehicle must display BOTH a valid DMV disabled permit (tag or placard) and a valid Mason parking permit (or payment required). DMV permits alone are not valid for parking in campus parking areas or lots.
  • Motorcycle Parking Available on B3 level of Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) garage. Must park in designated motorcycle parking areas.
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicle Preferred Parking There are referred parking spaces in Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders) and Vernon Smith Hall for eligible vehicles. A free supplemental fuel-efficient vehicle permit is required to park in these spaces. For more information, go to Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Parking.
  • Carpool Parking There are some preferred faculty/staff carpool spaces in each facility, requiring a free supplemental carpool permit. For information on registering go to Employee Carpool Program
  • Administrative Parking Permits To request a Mason Square Administrative permit for your department, send your request to


A Metro train approaches the platformThe Virginia Square stop is less than 2 blocks from campus.  At the Fairfax campus, you can take the CUE bus or the Mason to Metro Shuttle to the Vienna Metro station and then take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square stop. Check the Mason Shuttles website at for more information.

Parking Fees

See the Mason Square Parking website for current pricing.

Contact Information

Mason Square Parking Office (Operated by Standard Parking)
Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders), Room 219
(703) 993-8146