Parking Garages

There are three parking garages on campus for permit and hourly toll parking:

  • Allen Fieldhouse Garage (1501 Irving Hill Road) is located on the corner of Naismith and Irving Hill Road (Clearance is 7 feet)
  • Mississippi St. Garage (1261 Oread Avenue) is located just north of the Kansas Union (Clearance is 8 feet)
  • Central District Garage (1631 Ousdahl Road) is located southwest of the Integrated Science Building and the Burge Union with access from Ousdahl Road (Clearance is 8.5 feet)

Hourly Parking

Hourly parking is for visitors and others who don't have a KU parking permit. To use hourly parking:

  • KU uses license plate recognition for parking enforcement in the garages.
  • Pull slowly into the garage and find a place to park. Reserved and service stalls require a special permit. ADA andLimited Mobility stalls required a state-issued ADA placard.
  • Proceed to the pay station within 15 minutes of entering the garage or use one of our phone payment apps to pre-pay for parking.
  • The first hour (or any portion of an hour) is $1.75, and all subsequent hours are $1.50. 
  • Pay stations accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or cash. Have exact change if paying by cash, as pay stations do not give change.

Accessible Parking

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

Other individuals with an ADA placard will need to pay the hourly rate in the garages.

Questions About Parking Garages

How much does it cost to park in the garage?
The charge to park in the garages is $1.75 for the first hour, and $1.50 for each additional hour, or any portion of an hour.

Can I get a permit for the garage?
Faculty and staff can purchase an annual permit for a specified garage at any time. Faculty and staff garage permits are sold on an annual basis only.
A limited number of garage permits are made available to students when permit sales open each term, and are sold for the full school year or for a single semester (fall or spring). Student garage permits do sell out and no more will be made available until the following academic year. 

Why can't I park in lots around the garage with my garage permit?
You may not park in the lots directly surrounding the garages because we guarantee you a space in the garage. If you parked just outside it, you would, in effect, be taking up two parking spaces.

Why isn't my regular surface lot permit valid in the garage?
Your permit is not valid in the garage because the garages cost more to maintain, making the permits which are valid there cost more. Please refer to the answer about garage permits above.