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Any student is allowed to bring a car to campus; however, all cars in KU parking lots must have valid permits before the start of school. Each student is allowed to purchase only one vehicle permit per year, however, a student may buy both a vehicle permit and a motorcycle/moped permit.

A student must be enrolled in order to order a parking permit. Typically this means that new students cannot buy their permits until at least 24 hours after their orientation visit. Once a student is enrolled, they may order a permit by logging onto the parking eBusiness portal (via myKU, click on the University of Kansas button at the left) and selecting "Purchase Permit".

Permits will be issued as an e-permit, connected to their registered license plate. Please note your license plate before you begin your transaction. It is important to also register alternate license plates when you drive a different vehicle.

Annual and Fall permits will be available to order online through the parking eBusiness portal beginning the week of July 1, 2019. Permits will be sold by class this year; students will receive an email to let them know when the portal opens for them: 

Graduate and Professional Schools - July 1
Seniors - July 8
Juniors - July 15
Sophomores, Freshmen, and all University Housing - July 29

For more information on the types of permits available, select the appropriate subsection below. For more detailed information, read the KU Parking Rules and Regulations.


Resident Students Commuter Students

Graduate Students Motorcycles/Mopeds

A student with any of the valid permits listed above may also take advantage of the options below:

Ambler Student Recreation Center Parking

Housing Permits are not valid in any lots other than the ones specified above; however, any car with a valid permit may park in Yellow lot 90 for up to 2 hours if the owner is going to work out at the Ambler Student Rec Center.  The student must request a temporary permit by checking in at the front desk when they enter the Ambler Student Rec. Center and providing your license plate information. This temporary permit is valid for up to two (2) hours in lot 90, together with any University Housing, Stadium or West District Yellow, or Park & Ride permit/e-permit.Parking & Transit does audit these permit logs to ensure that people who request temporary permits subsequently use the Recreation facilities and do not use it to park in Yellow while going to class, as well as ensuring the student has a valid permit.  Abuse of the system will result in those individuals no longer being allowed to receive the temporary permits. Lot 90 is also a ParkMobile enabled lot. You can prepay for parking with the ParkMobile app, using zone 3905, and park in any available yellow stall in lot 90. This is a great option for those working out at the Rec Center who don't have a valid permit - the hourly ParkMobile rate is much cheaper than a $25 no valid permit ticket! 

Watkins Health Center Parking

Students needing to visit Watkins Health Center should park at the meters directly in front of the building in lot 117. If a vehicle has a valid KU parking permit of any kind, there is no need to pay the meter. If a vehicle does not have a valid permit, the full meter time must be paid once. If a ticket is received during a Watkins appointment after the initial meter payment expires, or while having a valid KU permit, the driver may take the ticket back inside to the front desk at Watkins for cancellation. The Parking Department will void tickets at Watkins Health Center meters if Watkins confirms that the driver was visiting the health center during the time that the ticket was issued.

Night-And-Weekend Mississippi St. Garage Pass

Any student with a valid permit may choose to get a Mississippi St. Garage Night-and-Weekend pass that will allow them to park in the the gated garage by the Kansas Union after 5 PM and before 7 AM Monday-Friday and on weekends.  This permit is a mere $5, and the price is soley to cover the cost of producing the permit itself. 

Note that if a student tries to enter the garage with their night-and-weekend pass before 5 PM, the gate will not recognize the permit since it is not valid during those hours and they will have to pull a ticket to get in.  Since the permit will not have registered an entrance, the gate will not allow an exit with the permit under these circumstances either, and the student will have to pay the ticket pulled earlier in order to exit successfully.  If a student enters the garage with their night-and-weekend pass after 5 PM but fails to exit before 7 AM, the gate will automatically calculate the amount of time beyond 7 AM that the car was parked in the garage and charge $1.50 to the students account for each hour of overstayed time.

For more information visit student permit options.  If you have additional questions about parking on campus you can contact us by e-mail: or phone (785-864-7275) or tweet at us! @parkingku.

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.