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Visitor Permits

Visitor permits that enable a vehicle to park in gold, blue, red, or yellow lots may be purchased in our office. They can be bought in increments of:

  • half-day ($8),
  • one day ($16), or
  • one week ($58).

Visitor permits that allow a vehicle to park in Housing lots are available at a cost of $3 per day. Housing lots are restricted 24/5 Monday through Friday. In order to park at a residence hall overnight, a visitor would need to purchase a two-day Housing visitor permit at a cost of $6.

Visitors may choose to park without buying a permit by taking advantage of one of the methods of hourly parking available.

Hourly Parking

For Traditional Meters (Nickels, Dimes, Quarters)

There are meters located in several lots on campus, (they are marked by a meter icon on the parking map).

Any vehicle parking at a meter must pay the meter, with the exception of vehicles displaying valid Accessible plates or placards.

Meters on campus accept nickels, dimes, and quarters.

  • Long-term meters have 2-hour or 10-hour limits and cost $1.50 per hour. You will find long-term meters located in lots: 1, 34, 90, 206, 210, 214, 216, 221, 225, 228, and 111.
  • Short-term meters (40-minute) are $.50 for 20 minutes.  There are short-term meters located in lots 8, 35, 70, 22, 129, Green Hall Circle Drive and JRP Circle Drive.
  • If you encounter a meter that is jammed or not registering coins properly, please call us at 785-864-7289 or e-mail to report the meter number (painted on the meter) and lot location. We will send an officer to repair it.

The long-term metered parking stalls on campus can be paid for by mobile phone instead of coins. These meters are labeled with a green sticker that displays instructions for how to pay using Parkmobile.  This is a service that allows users to pay for parking via mobile app rather than having to carry change. Parkmobile also allows the advantage of being able to add time to a meter remotely by phone instead of having to return to the lot to manually input more coins, as well as an option to be sent text message alerts when your time is about to expire.

The hourly cost of paying to park via Parkmobile is the same as long-term meters and garages, at $1.50 per hour.  However, there is also a $.35 transaction fee collected by Parkmobile.  The fee is applied to each transaction.

There are Parkmobile-enabled meters in lots 1, 34, 111, 206, 210, 214, 216, 221, 225, 228 and 301.  The entirety of lots 94 and 301, the three parking garages, and the yellow section of lot 90 (not the blue row facing the CapFed building) are also Parkmobile-enabled zones in which you can pay the hourly price without a meter being present. When paying with Parkmobile, users enter the zone number posted on the meter sticker (or on the lot signs for lots 90, 94 and 301) as well as their license plate information.  Ticketing officers will use an internet-enabled handheld device to check whether or not a license plate in a Parkmobile stall/lot has paid.  For more information about how Parkmobile at KU works, visit the Parkmobile website.

Parking Garages

Hourly parking is also available to visitors in the Mississippi Street or Allen Fieldhouse garages. Parking in the garages is $1.75 for the first hour or any portion of an hour, and $1.50 per hour for all subsequent hours.

New for the 2018-19 school year: Parking Garages are changing to License Plate Recognition. Important information on this change is available here.

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.