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Visitor Permits:

Visitor permits that enable a vehicle to park in Blue, Red, or Yellow lots may be purchased in our office. They can be bought in increments of: half-day ($7.50), one-day ($15), or one-week ($58). 

Visitor permits that allow a vehicle to park in Housing lots are available at a cost of $5 per day.  Housing lots are restricted 24/7 Monday through Friday.  In order to park outside a residence hall overnight, a visitor would need to purchase a two-day Housing visitor permit at a cost of ($10). 

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


Visitor Metered Parking:


For Traditional (Nickels, Dimes, Quarters) Meters:

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

A vehicle does not need to have a permit to park at a meter; however, all vehicles parked at meters 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: Are 1-hour, 2-hour, or 10-hour and cost $1.50 per hour.  You may find long-term meters located in lots: 1, 34, 90, 206, 210, 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, JRP Circle Drive and in front of the Kansas University
  • 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.

Some of 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 (or by calling the Parkmobile number) 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. 

Currently there are Parkmobile-enabled meters in lots 1, 19, 90, 111, 117, 206, 210, 214, 216, 221, 225, 228, 301, and 302.  The entirety of lot 94 is also a Parkmobile-enabled zone, although the lot has no meters.  When paying with Parkmobile, users enter the zone number posted on the meter sticker (or on the lot signs, for lot 94) as well as their license plate information.  Ticketing officers will use an internet-enabled handheld device to check whether or not a licence plate in a Parkmobile stall has paid.  For more information about how Parkmobile at KU works, visit the Parkmobile website.


Hourly parking is also available to visitors in the Mississippi St. Garage or Allen Fieldhouse Garage.  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.



Meter and Parkmobile Friendly Lots:


Central Campus


West Campus:


Getting To Class

From lot 125 to Wescoe:

Tweets By KUParking

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