Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations

2. Visitor Parking

2.0 Visitors are considered to be persons (other than current and recent students, staff and faculty) who occasionally visit the campus for pleasure, conferences, or business. Spaces that are designated by “Visitor Parking” or “Guest Only” signs are not to be used by faculty, staff, or students. Any person operating a vehicle registered to a current university student or employee is not eligible for visitor status.

2.1 Access to central campus is very limited. Visitors may park in a parking garage (see map) for $1.75 for the first hour and $1.50 for each additional hour. Visitor permits/e-permits are available for a few parking lots where a parking garage is not within a reasonable distance of visitor’s destination, and are valid in regular permit stalls or long-term parking meters within the color zone indicated. Several metered and pay-by-phone parking areas are specifically available for the convenience of visitors, including lots 90, 94, 301 and 302.

Once parked, visitors may use any bus to get around campus, which is a fare free zone. Bus stops can be found in or near most parking lots. Routes and schedules are online at

2.2 Visitors are required to observe all University of Kansas parking regulations and to park in designated visitor or metered parking areas. If parked at meter, all visitors must pay the proscribed fee. Parking tickets are assessed against a vehicle, not the vehicle operator.

2.3 Visitor permits/e-permits may be purchased by individuals or departments. (See for current rates.) Faculty, staff and students are not eligible to use daily visitor permits purchased by departments. In order to be credited for unused visitor permits, departments must return permits on or before the day permits are valid. Unused permits for hooded meters and unused garage validation codes will not be credited. Send email to to order permits.

2.4 A surcharge of $25 will be added to all visitor permits, hooded meters, reserved stalls and garage validation codes ordered less than two (2) business days in advance of date they are needed.

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
Using a yellow annual parking permit costs $1.28 per day
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
You don’t need to own a car to have a car – rent 1 of 4 cars by the hour with Hertz on Demand
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