Purchase a Parking Permit (Decal)
Every student and employee must register each vehicle they park on any University at Albany campus and comply with parking rules and regulations. Note: Registration fees are non-refundable.
Parking permits (decals) can be used on the Uptown Campus and Downtown Campus. For information on parking at the Health Sciences Campus, please email [email protected].
Students and employees with fuel efficient vehicles (at least 35 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, per EPA's fuel economy ratings) are eligible for a 20% discount. Please select "fuel efficient" while registering.
Students may choose to register their vehicle for on-campus parking. The fee is $50 per vehicle.
Student decals are valid for either resident student lots or commuter student lots. Decals are valid from September 1 to August 31 each year and must be renewed annually.
Note: Residential first year students are not eligible for on-campus parking. Read our residential first year student policy for more information.
Military Student Discount
Students who are honorably discharged veterans or active military personnel, including in the National Guard and Reserves, can request a 20% discount ($10) when they register their vehicle.
Veterans will be asked to provide DD Form 214 or a retired Military ID card. Active military personnel will be asked to provide a Military ID card.
Please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Student Services with questions regarding eligibility.
Faculty and staff decals are valid for all faculty/staff and student parking areas. Decals must be renewed annually.
University CSEA, PBA, PEF, UUP parking rate
- Full year (September 1 to August 31): $25.00
University M/C, RF, UAS (Sodexo) parking rate
Full year (September 1 to August 31): $105.60
Retired Faculty & Staff and University Volunteers
- Full year (September 1 to August 31): $0.00. Those returning to state service must pay a $25 fee per vehicle. Your status as a retiree is determined by the Office of Human Resource Management.
Community Band and Orchestra Members are eligible for commuter student parking permits. Decals must be renewed annually.
Community Band and Orchestra Members
- Full year (September 1 to August 31): $50.00
The following information relates to decals specifically. For additional parking rules, including enforcement information, please review our Policies & Data page.
Decals must be permanently affixed inside the lower passenger side of the vehicle's front windshield to be valid. Your decal is not considered active and valid until properly affixed to your registered vehicle.
Failure to affix your decal in the designated area will result in a citation. The decal must also be readable from outside of the vehicle.
Individuals with multiple vehicles will be issued one hang tag to move between vehicles. Failure to properly hang the tag from your rearview mirror, with the plate number facing forward, will result in a citation. Please remove the hang tag before driving the vehicle.
You are only eligible to have one vehicle on campus at any given time.
For employees and students, the vehicle must be legally registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in either your name or the name of an immediate family member.
New York State Public Health Law Section 238 defines “immediate family” to include your spouse, parents (including birth parents, adoptive parents, stepparents and parents-in-law), children (including stepchildren and children-in-law), siblings (including siblings-in-law), grandparents and grandchildren. Proof of relationship is required if the last name or address does not match DMV and/or University records.
For vehicles registered outside of New York State, you must provide a copy of the registration when you purchase your decal. If you make the purchase online, you must provide a copy of your out-of-state registration when you pick up your decal.
Resident and commuter students with a valid permit are permitted to park in their specifically designated lots or in a shared lot, as noted below.
Resident Student Lots include:
Colonial Northwest Resident Student
State Quad Annex Resident
Dutch Quad Resident north of Alumni Drive
Commuter Student Lots include:
Colonial Quad Commuter
State Quad Commuter
Indigenous Quad Commuter
Dutch Quad Commuter south of Alumni Drive
Shared Resident & Commuter Lots include:
Broadview Arena (no overnight parking)
Parking rules are relaxed outside peak hours:
Resident students with a valid permit can also park in any commuter or faculty/staff parking lot — as long as it is not between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Commuter students with a valid permit can also park in any resident or faculty/staff parking lot — as long as it is not between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Decals are license plate specific, not vehicle specific.
If you get a new vehicle but keep the same license plates, place your decal on the new vehicle and contact Parking Services (518-442-3121 or [email protected]) to provide the new vehicle's make, model, year and color.
If you get new license plates, or if your old decal is not salvageable, please make an appointment. When you come into the Parking & Mass Transit Services office, bring your old decal and we'll replace it for $5.
If you don't return your old decal, you must purchase a new decal at full price — unless the vehicle was deemed a total loss. In this case, you must show proof of total loss to obtain a $5 replacement decal.
If you need to bring a different vehicle to campus, you must make an appointment to get a temporary one-day pass from Parking Services. Our office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment.
Students and employees with valid decals are allowed 10 free, one-day temporary passes per academic year.
After that, you can either purchase a temporary pass online or purchase one at the pay-and-display machine outside of Parking & Mass Transit Services.
Motorcycles must be registered with a valid University decal to park on campus.
You may register more than one vehicle (including one motorcycle and one car), but you cannot have more than one vehicle on campus at any given time.
Motorcycles can be parked in any area covered by your current decal, in any open or registered parking area during posted hours, and directly behind any light post, so long as it does not take up a space that could be used by a vehicle.