Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations

4. Student, Faculty, and Staff Parking

4.0 The University of Kansas maintains various types of parking facilities to meet the needs of faculty, staff, and students. These include regular permit lots, parking garages and metered parking spaces. Some lots are controlled 24 hours per day (see section 7.1). Owning a parking permit/e-permit does not imply or guarantee a parking space at any particular time, and parking privileges may be modified or preempted by the authority of the Chancellor of the university (see section 9). Since parking is limited, faculty, staff, and students should consider their needs carefully when applying for parking privileges.

The university assumes no responsibility for security of vehicles or their contents while moving or parked in any area subject to university jurisdiction.

4.1 Student. A person is considered a student if (s)he is enrolled for at least one (1) hour of credit and is not employed in a university staff or faculty position. (S)he is considered a student as long as enrollment is intact (not withdrawn or canceled). Enrollment shall be considered official as of the first day of classes. Graduate assistants are students, not staff.

4.2 Faculty or Staff. A person is considered faculty if (s)he has a benefits eligible teaching appointment, not including graduate assistants; or staff if (s)he has a benefits-eligible staff appointment, with the university.

4.3 Retiree. Any faculty or staff person who has retired from the University of Kansas, who has not returned to active employment on campus. equal to or greater than 0.5 FTE.

4.4 Assignment of parking privileges. Faculty and staff shall normally be assigned red, blue, or gold parking permits. The criterion for blue parking is total of age plus service in State of Kansas employment equaling at least 62, and for gold parking is age plus service equaling at least 70. For gold, the applicant’s primary office is in a building located along Jayhawk Boulevard. Students shall normally be assigned to yellow, park and ride, or university housing. Freshmen residing off campus may only purchase park and ride.

The Parking Commission has the right to alter or revoke parking assignments as the needs of the individual or the university community change. Zones near the campus shall not be assigned to solve problems such as work assignments or tight schedules. Falsification of any information for the purpose of obtaining a parking permit shall result in the forfeiture of all parking permits/e-permits and paid fees.

4.5 Appeal of parking assignment. Individuals who wish to appeal their parking assignments or who need special parking privileges should apply to the Parking Commission.

4.6 New employees of the university may, on presentation of a valid staff ID card, offer letter, or written verification by their department head or supervisor, purchase a parking permit/e-permit with cash, check, credit card, or payroll deduction (see section 6.4). Fees will be prorated throughout the year.

Temporary employees may, on presentation of written authorization by his or her department head or supervisor, purchase a temporary yellow or red permit/e-permit for the term of their appointment. Inquiries on this procedure should be directed to Parking & Transit.


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