Parking & Transit, a Division of Campus Operations

Parking Garage Changes

Beginning August 20, 2018, Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage, Central District Parking Garage, and Mississippi Street Parking Garage will all switch to a License Plate Recognition system. Instead of using gates and pulling tickets upon entry/paying at exit, license plates will be scanned upon entrance and exit and those parking in the garage are expected to either have a valid permit for that garage linked to their plate or pre-pay for parking upon arrival using a pay station or the ParkMobile app.

Individuals with a valid KU permit and registered ADA placard may park in parking garages as in surface lots without an additional garage-specific permit.

Garage Permit Holders

  • If you purchased a garage permit, it is extremely important that you keep your license plate up to date, regardless if you are driving a different vehicle for just a day or two or if you get a new vehicle/plate. You will need to either log into your parking portal or contact the KU Parking & Transit office to update the plate linked to your permit before arriving on campus. If you have had a garage permit in past years, please take the time to verify your current license plate is linked to your permit.
  • Failure to update the plate linked to your permit will result in a ticket being issued, as will failure to pay the hourly rate while parking in a garage other than the one your permit is valid in.
  • In addition to being sure your license plate is always up to date, it is important that license plates are parked facing the drive lane in garages as is required in surface lots. Failure to park with your license plate clearly visible from the driving lane will result in a ticket being issued.
  • Remember that only 1 vehicle per permit can be parked anywhere on campus at the same time. If more than one vehicle is parked using one permit at the same time, a ticket will be issued to the second vehicle found.

Hourly Parking (Non-Garage Permit Holders/Visitors)

  • Pull slowly into the garage and find a place to park, avoiding ADA/Limited mobility stalls without displaying a valid placard and reserved/service stalls.
  • Take a picture of your license plate, or write your plate information down, and proceed to the pay station within 15 minutes of entering the garage to pre-pay for parking.
  • Another option is to pre-pay for your parking time using the ParkMobile app.
    • Mississippi Street Parking Garage: Zone 3930
    • Central District Parking Garage: Zone 3931
    • Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage: Zone 3929
  • Failure to pre-pay for the length of time you will be parked in the garage will result in a ticket being issued.
  • Payment can be made at pay stations with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card or with cash. Pay stations are unable to give change, so be sure to have exact change if paying cash.
  • Pay stations can be found at:
    • Mississippi Street Parking Garage: SW stair tower on levels 1, 4, and 5
    • Central District Parking Garage: NE stairs on levels 1 and 2, SW exit on level 1
    • Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage: level 1 south stair tower, level 3 lobby


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.