A University of New Mexico sophomore says she can’t afford any parking options on campus, so she’s reaching out to the community around it for help.
“It’s very stressful. Why do we have to go through this just to go to school?” asked Mariah Montoya.
Montoya’s mom, Lauretta, was shocked by the prices UNM is telling students, faculty and visitors to pay.
“Everything is a charge,” said Lauretta, “[Especially] considering all of the hassles you go through to attend school… the cost of tuition and the cost of books and the cost of fees.”
To park your car on campus, it costs anywhere from $175 to $499. UNM does give students a free city bus pass to ride to campus.
However, that isn’t an option for Montoya. She drives to school every day from Edgewood and cannot afford the prices to park on campus.
That’s how she and her mom came up with the idea to post on Craigslist.
The post reads:
“UNM student looking for a parking space close to UNM Main Campus starting fall 2018-2021. Near University but open to other areas but close enough to walk to the main campus. Please let me know if you have a space available. Thank you.”
“It’s extremely frustrating for a parent trying to get their child an education,” said Lauretta.
KRQE News 13 brought the Montoya’s concerns to UNM Parking Services.
“Currently, we have 13,000 spaces and about 44,000 people on a daily average here on campus,” said Michelle Peeples, the Associate Director of UNM Parking Services.
Peeples says even though demand for parking is high, comparatively, their prices for parking are low.
“The chances of prices going down, that’s probably not going to happen. But, they’ve been sustained at this rate for quite awhile now,” said Peeples.
The response to the Montoya’s Craigslist plea hasn’t been good.
“They wanted to basically be a sugar daddy, which is not what we’re looking for,” said Lauretta.
They hope to get legitimate, less creepy offers soon, so they can avoid paying hundreds in parking fees.
For more information on parking at UNM, click here.