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Visitor Parking

Visitors should expect to pay for parking on campus on weekdays.  Visitor permits that will allow a vehicle to park in Blue, Red, or Yellow lots may be purchased in our office in increments of half-day, ($6), one-day, ($12), or one-week ($48).  Visitor permits that will allow a vehicle to park in a Housing lot are also available at a cost of $4 per day.  Housing lots are restricted 24/7 Monday through Friday, so in order to park outside a residence hall overnight, a visitor would need to purchase a two-day Housing visitor permit ($8). 

Visitors may choose to park without buying a permit by taking advantage of one of the methods of hourly parking available.  Several lots have meters that accept coin payments, (these lots are designated on the map with a meter icon), and some long-term meters are also equipped to accept payments by mobile phone using Parkmobile.  See the Hourly Parking page for more detailed information on these two methods of parking, including rates (which vary by meter type and location).

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.


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