University of Wisconsin–Madison

Parking Lots and Facilities

Campus parking tips

  • Allow yourself extra time to find parking.
  • Observe signs before you park.
  • Watch for temporarily restricted parking:
    • Special Event parking signs or staff
    • Cones, barricades, or fenced-off areas; bagged signs
  • If you have one, make sure your hangtag is visible. Hangtag should be hung on the rear view mirror or displayed in the bottom left corner of the windshield.
  • Transportation Services does not honor any handwritten or typed notes on vehicles. Any malfunctions, problems or questions must be called into our office.
  • Some areas on campus are enforced at all times regardless of the time listed at the entrance of the lot. Such areas include: no parking areas, disabled stalls and aisles, fire zones, reserved stalls, grass, sidewalks and driveways.
  • Vehicles parked illegally or improperly displaying their permit will receive a citation.

Electric Vehicle Charging

To support sustainability and enhance customer service, Transportation Services has installed electric vehicle charging stations in various campus parking ramps and garages. Please see the electric vehicle charging policy (PDF).

Use of the charging stations will be cost free to permit and paid visitor parking customers. The charging stations are located near the entrance/exit of the following ramps and garages (lot location information):

  • Grainger Hall Garage (Lot 7)
  • Engineering Drive Ramp (Lot 17)
  • University Avenue Ramp (Lot 20)
  • North Park Street Ramp (Lot 29)
  • Observatory Drive Ramp (Lot 36)
  • WARF – Yellow Stalls (Lot 64)
  • Health Sciences Learning Center (Lot 74)
  • UW Hospital Ramp (Lot 75)
  • Health Sciences Garage (Lot 95)

Locations and status of ChargePoint EV charging stations

Using a Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Transportation Services has contracted with ChargePoint, an easy-to-use network portal for managing electric fueling. Those choosing to utilize the charging stations must first register with ChargePoint.

In order to use the ChargePoint stations on campus you must have an active ChargePoint card. Order or activate ChargePoint cards online. Once you have an active ChargePoint card, you simply enter the parking facility (using your permit or by pulling a visitor ticket) and park in the designated stall for EV charging.

Next, hold your ChargePoint card over the smart card symbol on the unit. The station checks that you are authorized to use the station. Once authorized, the holster unlocks so you can plug the connector into your car. You can also start a session using the ChargePoint mobile app or by calling the customer service number on the station.

When your charging session is complete (or within four hours, whichever comes first), tap your ChargePoint card on the smart card reader symbol on the station again. The message on the display will instruct you to unplug the connector from your car, and put it back in the holster.

There is no additional fee for charging on the UW-Madison campus, but you must pay any applicable parking charges (visitor fees, flex parking fees, or annual permit fees).

If you have any issues with the charging units, contact ChargePoint Support toll free 24 hours at (888) 758-4389.