Students living on campus should purchase the appropriate parking permit for their living situation. All other lots on campus will be restricted during the day for commuter students, faculty, and staff. Residents should expect to walk or ride the bus from their residence hall to class and back.
Due to the limited number of parking stalls available for residents of campus housing, not every resident will be allowed to purchase a permit for the closest parking zones. A lottery will be held to randomly select which residents may purchase permits. All returning residents who have previously purchased permits will be eligible for renewal, but must purchase their permit before August 1 to ensure their permit.
First-year students and returning students who have not previously purchased a permit will add their name to a waiting list online through the same parking eBusiness portal where returning students will order permits.
Residence Hall permits cost $300 annually, or $165 per semester. Students who are able are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home, and we encourage you to consider signing up for the Enterprise CarShare program.
The deadline to sign up for the lottery is on August 18. On August 19, the lottery will randomly select from those on the waiting list according to how many of the allotted permits have not yet been sold. Those who are not selected from the waiting list will be offered a more distant yellow permit ($274), or Park & Ride ($200). All communications about the lottery will be sent to students' official KU email address.
Note that there are staff red parking zones spread throughout the university housing parking lots; these parking spaces are for staff, and vehicles with housing or other permits will be ticketed and may be towed if found parked in the red stalls. Residents are advised to be sure to check signs when parking.
Students living in Ellsworth, Hashinger, Lewis, Oswald, Self, or Templin halls need to purchase a Daisy Hill (DH) parking permit. This permit is valid in lots 101, 103, 104, 105, and 300E-G. Parking stalls are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are no open stalls in lots 101, 103, 104, or 105 when a resident is trying to park, they will need to park across Iowa Street (via the overpass) in lot 300E-G.
Residents of Gertrude Sellards Pearson (GSP) or Corbin Hall need to purchase a GC Permit. This permit is valid in lot 111, which surrounds GSP and Corbin Halls in three sections and includes a two-level parking garage just west of the residences. Individual parking stalls are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students living in Jayhawker Towers need to purchase a JT parking permit. This permit is valid in lots 109, 110, and 72. Students parked in lot 72 will have to move their cars to alternate locations during men's home basketball games.
Students living in Oliver or McCarthy halls need to purchase an OL parking permit. This permit is valid in lot 112, and the new gravel lot.
Residents of Scholarship Halls (Rieger, Douthart, Margaret Amini, Miller, Sellards, Watkins, Battenfeld, Grace Pearson, KK Amini, Krehbiel, Pearson, or Stephenson) may choose to purchase one of two parking permit options: An Alumni Place (AP) parking permit allows residents to park on a first-come, first-served basis in lots 100, 107, 120, 121, or 124. Owning an AP permit does not guarantee that a resident will be able to find a parking spot in any of these lots at any given time, and unfortunately there are no close overflow lots available so residents may sometimes have to resort to finding parking on nearby side streets.
Because of the limited parking available in AP lots, residents may choose to purchase a Mississippi St. Garage Only permit, valid only in the gated garage next to the Kansas Union. Note that all parking in this garage is pre-empted during home football game days, so students with garage permits will need to be aware of the signs posted 48 hours in advance of each of these instances (or check schedules online) and remove their vehicles from the garage on the specified dates. These preemptions are typically on Saturdays, when the AP lots, as well as most Gold lots nearby are unrestricted, so residents can park in lots such as 16, 14, or 15 on game weekends. Mississippi St. Garage Only permits are only available as annual permits.