Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations
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University departments who wish to provide parking for their visitors may purchase visitor permits, vouchers for either parking garage, or arrange for a parking meter or a stall to be reserved.

Type of Parking Price per Vehicle
Surface Lots (except Gold) $16/day $8/half day
Hooded Meter $24/day
Garage Voucher $1.75/first hour
$1.50/each additional hour

Requests made less than two (2) business days in advance of the date needed will be assessed a $25 rush fee. (Parking rule 2.4)

Follow these easy steps to use QR Codes/Vouchers at the parking garages:

  1. Guest pulls ticket to enter the garage.
  2. Department provides printed QR code voucher to guest, when they're ready to leave.
  3. Guest goes to exit gate and inserts entry ticket.
  4. Guest scans QR code at the scanner/imager located under the keypad at the exit lane. This works like a cellphone camera, so the guest will want to make sure to hold it a few inches away, allowing the lens to focus.
  5. QR code can only be used once, so your guest can simply discard or recycle the QR code printout.

The amount due is calculated and billed to the department upon your guest's exit from the garage.

To order visitor permits or garage vouchers (QR codes), please send an email with your request to To request a stall reservation or hooded meter, email

For visitor permits, please include the following information:

  • Quantity
  • Dated or undated. Undated permits do not expire.
  • Department to be billed and name of the person responsible for the invoice.

For vouchers/QR Codes, please include the following information:

  • Number of QR codes desired
  • Garage in which guests will be parking. (The codes are specific to each garage.)
  • Department to be billed and name of the person responsible for the invoice.

A parking representative will create a PDF file of the requested number of codes and email them to you, for you to print out at your convenience to distribute to your guests as you see fit. When printing the codes, please remember that each code is specific, and may only be used once.

For stall reservations or hooded meters, please include the following information:

  • Date the stall is needed
  • Name or other designation for the stall sign (eg, guest name, department, acronym)
  • Lot number or building you would like the stall to be in or near
  • Department to be billed and name of the person resposible for the invoice

A rush fee will be assessed for requests made less than two (2) business days' in advance of the date they are needed. (Parking rule 2.4)

Tired of picking up paper permits for your visitors?

We are pleased to be able to offer a new self-serve Departmental Parking Portal for LPR/digital permits! In order to transition to using the portal, departments will need to fill out a form for user access, and then you will be contacted to set up user training.

Bonus: Permits purchased in the portal will be charged the hourly rate (a la garage toll prices), instead of the daily rate, so switching over will probably even save you money!

You must have a permit or pay by the hour to park in a KU lot
Parking is self-funded, receiving no state funding or tuition money
15,000 parking spaces on campus
Main campus closed to drive-through traffic 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Anyone with a valid KU Card can ride buses free
Parking meters using Parkmobile now accept credit cards
Follow parking on Twitter: @parkingKU
Visitors should park in parking garages or at meters
Red, Blue, and Gold zones are ticketed Monday through Friday year-round
To use ADA parking, you must register your placard with Parking & Transit and buy a parking permit
In residence hall zones, we patrol continuously and issue tickets day and night starting at 7 a.m. Monday and ending at 5 p.m. Friday when classes are in session
48 hours before closing lots for events, we'll post a real estate sign with the date and time at the entrance
Walking time from lot 57 (Stadium) to Wescoe: 6.5 minutes
Walking time from lot 90 (Recreation Center) to Wescoe: 8.5 minutes
Going to Watkins Health Center? Park at the meters, pay for 1 hour 
Using a yellow permit costs $1.93/day. Park & Ride is $1.41.
You don’t need to own a car to use a car – check out Enterprise Carshare.