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Visitors in ADA Spaces

If you are a visitor to KU's Lawrence campus, there are a few things that you should know about the accessible parking available to you.

In order to cut down on the number of accessible placards that are used illegally, Parking & Transit now requires that everyone who wishes to use their handicap placard to park on campus must provide proof of registration. Beginning August 1, 2013, paid permits will also be required in accessible spaces.

What does this mean for visitors?

When you arrive on campus for your visit, you should stop by the Parking & Transit office (1501 Irving Hill Rd).  You will be asked to show your valid placard, and your state-issued ID card or proof of registration. You will then have the option to either purchase a visitor ADA permit ($1.50 half-day, $3 all-day) that will allow you to park in any surface lot, get a visitor registration pass (free of charge) that will allow you to park only at meters, or to pay the hourly toll in one of the parking garages ($1.75 for the first hour, $1.50 for each subsequent hour).  It is not necessary to visit our office and show proof of registration if you intend to park in the garages.

Parking Options

Where To Park

With your state issued accessible placard or license tag and any valid KU parking permit, you may park on campus in a regular stall of any color zone, in any designated accessible stall.  You may also park at any parking meter without paying the meter fee and without a purchased permit.

There are accessible spaces adjacent to all buildings on campus, but they tend to fill up very early in the day. There are additional accessible parking spaces in both of the parking garages on campus. Please note that you must pay the hourly toll ($1.75 first hour, subsequent time $1.50/hour) if you park in one of the garages.

Parking meters can be found near the Kansas Union, Carruth-O'Leary, on Sunnyside Avenue or in lot 90 (near the Student Recreation and Fitness Center). On West Campus, there are parking meters in almost every parking lot, including Park & Ride.

Park & Ride

Accessible stalls on campus are a limited resource — if you have trouble finding a stall near your campus building, you might consider parking in the Park & Ride lot on west campus and taking an accessible bus into main campus. There are 26 accessible stalls all situated near bus stops, and 50 metered spaces along the southern edges of the parking lots.

Transit Options

KU on Wheels Fixed Route Buses

Once you are on campus, an easy way to get around is to use KU's bus system. All KU on Wheels buses are lift equipped for wheelchairs, and some buses are low floor. While you are on campus, you may board any bus for free.


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