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Parking Options for Campus Visitors

Parking violations — including, but not limited to, parking in fire lanes, travel lanes and accessible spaces, parking front of fire hydrants, and parking on the grass — are enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Parking permit regulations are enforced year-round from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday. Note: Athletic event parking times and charges vary.

Visitors have several parking options, depending on where and how long they want to park on campus.

Temporary Parking Permits

A temporary one-day parking permit costs $5.40.

Visitors who want to park in any student or apartment lot between 6 a.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Friday must display a temporary parking permit. Temporary parking permits are purchased for a calendar day. If you need to park overnight, you must purchase a permit for both days.

Visitors who want to park on the Downtown Campus are also required to display a temporary parking permit. The permit is valid only for the Thurlow Parking Lot on Western Avenue and overnight parking is not allowed.

You can purchase a temporary permit online or inside the Parking & Mass Transit Services office. Customers can use the 15-minute parking spaces outside our building, which is located at the corner of Tricentennial Drive and University Drive West.

Temporary one-day permits can also be purchased at the pay-and-display kiosk outside of the Parking Services building. Permits purchased here are valid for one calendar day in any student parking lot and the receipt must be clearly displayed on the passenger side of your dashboard. 

A temporary permit allows the holder to park in a legal parking space, if one is available. It does not guarantee the visitor a space.

Visitors’ Parking Lots

Our visitors’ lots collect a $5 payment on entry and do not allow re-entry. Overnight parking is not permitted in visitors’ lots.

Note: Current students, faculty and staff, as well as anyone else eligible to purchase a University parking permit, are not permitted to park in visitors’ lots.

Metered Parking Spaces

Meters are available in various locations on our Uptown Campus. These short-term, priority parking spots are for visitors only.

Meters accept coins, credit, debit or Flowbird mobile pay for up to one hour of parking. Fees are listed on each meter.

Meters can be purchased in 15-minute increments, for a maximum of one hour. Overnight parking is not permitted in metered spaces.

Vehicles that remain parked at a meter past the amount of time purchased will be ticketed. Parking is prohibited at a meter that is broken, out of order or covered by a hood.

Note: Current students, faculty and staff, as well as anyone else eligible to purchase a University parking permit, are not permitted to park at meters.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available for visitors who have a license plate or valid placard displaying the Universal Symbol of Access.

Accessible spaces also require a temporary parking permit (see above) anytime between 6 a.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Friday.

Review accessibility maps of our campuses.

Community Parking

Free, short-term parking for walkers, joggers and individuals using outdoor tennis or basketball courts is available in the last three rows of the Dutch Quad student parking lot.



Departmental Requests

Departments can request passes for their guests to park in the any visitors' lot and/or a student lot. The passes will be charged to your department.

Guest passes and validation codes cost $5 each. They are valid for all-day parking but can only be used on a specific date and in a specific location. Please fill out a departmental request form and submit to [email protected]

Please contact [email protected] for detailed forms or information. 



Conference Parking

Using the Event Management System (EMS), please coordinate conference parking with the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services at least two to six weeks before the event. We suggest including parking fees in your admission or conference fees to cover the cost of event parking.

Once you've submitted your EMS request, please contact us at 518-442-3121 or [email protected] to start planning. Note: It is the responsibility of the conference host to notify the Office of Parking and Mass Transit Services about an event on campus.